HRM Executive Speaker Series
Each semester, the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management brings experienced experts in the hospitality industry as part of the Executive Speaker Series. These industry leaders share their experiences and advice to students that elevate their knowledge and give them skills to help in their job searches and career progression.
On March 5, 2019, students will hear from Patrick Pacious, President and Chief Executive Officer of Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world’s largest hotel companies. Pacious has been with Choice since 2005 and has created significant value for shareholders and franchisees. Under his direction, Choice built industry-leading global technology platforms that resulted in improved profitability and efficiencies for the company’s franchised hotel owners. He also spearheaded the company’s significant growth in the upscale segment with both Cambria Hotels and The Ascend Hotel Collection, as well as the successful transformation of the Comfort Brand. Before becoming CEO, Pacious was the company’s president and chief operating officer. Prior to joining Choice, Pacious spent more than nine years with Arthur Andersen Business Consulting LLP and BearingPoint Inc., working with executive management and boards of directors at clients, including Choice Hotels and other major hospitality companies. Pacious also served as a U.S. Navy officer in surface warfare and strategic planning from 1987 to 1993. Pacious received his bachelor’s degree in political science and Latin American studies from Duke University. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
On April 2, 2019, HRM students, faculty and staff will have the pleasure of hearing from Sheila Kloefkorn, CEO of KEO Marketing. Ms. Kloefkorn is a business growth and marketing expert with more than 25 years of experience. As the founding President and CEO of KEO Marketing, a full-service, business-to-business marketing agency in Phoenix, Arizona, she is passionate about helping businesses grow and attracting jobs to Arizona. Sheila has dedicated her life’s work to building a more equitable world that provides opportunity for all. She is an outspoken leader for equality. She founded Competitive Arizona, served on the National Board of Directors of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the local boards of ONE Community and Equality Arizona. Sheila also mentored Latina women and girls through La Trenza Leadership and volunteers with Ya Es Hora to help immigrants become citizens. In January of 2011, Sheila met her future wife Sue Wieger on a South Mountain hike in Phoenix, Arizona. They later became one of the first same-sex couples to be lawfully wed when the state’s same-sex marriage ban was overturned in 2014.
Mr. Bobby Stuckey is a Master Sommelier and co-owner and CEO of Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, Colorado. He also is a partner in Scarpetta Wines, Sqaudra Wines, and Pizzeria Locale (with locations in Boulder and Denver). Frasca was listed on Eater’s 38 best restaurants in America in 2104, 2015, 2016, and 2017 and is hoping for a fifth year when the list comes out later in 2018. Mr. Stuckey spoke to HRM students, faculty, and staff on November 7, 2018 at 5:30 pm in the International Student Pavilion.
Marc Ellin, the Global Head of Miraval Group and Exhale Enterprises, met with HRM students, faculty and staff on October 9, 2018. Mr. Ellin was the 2018 Isbell Ethics Speaker and spoke about the importance of corporate culture. Mr. Ellin also shared his perspectives on the importance of a well-being focus in the hospitality industry.