JWU annually invites a long list of leaders of the hospitality industry into college classrooms to provide insight into their experiences in business and their knowledge of how to achieve success in the hospitality industry.
Past participants of the Distinguished Visiting Professors program have included: Joe MartinChairman, American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA)An active and long-time supporter of the AH&LA, Mr. Martin has served on the association's board of directors for the past seven years. In addition to being the owner and operator of Oklahoma-based Stillwater Hospitality, LLC, he is involved in many organizations that support and represent the hotel and lodging industries, including the Governmental Affairs/HotelPAC Committee, the Multicultural & Diversity Advisory Council, and the Women In Lodging Executive Council, among others. Among the first items on his agenda as new chairman of AH&LA was the release of the organization's Top 10 Tips for Hoteliers.
Robert Morse Chief Operating Officer, Interstate Hotels & Resorts Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc. is one of the largest independent, third-party hotel management companies, operating 187 hospitality properties with more than 42,000 rooms in 36 states, the District of Columbia, and four countries. as the Blackstone Group.
J.L. “Lynn” Singleton President, Providence Performing Arts Center Mr. Singleton serves as President of the company that operates the Providence Performing Arts Center, a world-class facility hosting first-class Broadway touring shows, plays, contemporary acts, concerts, and much more and is considered one of the most successful, not-for-profit theatres in North America.
Rick Postiglione CEO, Business & Industry Division for Compass Group, Americas DivisionThe Business & Industry division of Compass Group North America has over 1,800 locations, 25,000 associates, and totals over $1.4 billion in annual revenues. This sector encompasses Eurest Dining Services, FLIK International Corp, Newport Foodservices, Restaurant Associates, Foodworks (formerly Motorola), the Military and most recently, Wolfgang Puck Catering and Events.
Mitchell Etess President, Mohegan Sun Casino Located nearby in Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is one of the largest resorts/casinos in the world. The facility offers some of New England's finest dining, hotel accommodations, retail shopping, live entertainment and sporting events, a luxurious day spa, convention center and meeting facility, as well as three major entertainment venues with seating from 300 to 10,000.
Mark EpsteinPresident & CEO, Champion Exposition Champion is a privately-owned company driven to be the world's best show decorator and general contractor producing over 400 tradeshows and events nationally and internationally. In addition to the Boston-area corporate headquarters, it has facilities in Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Washington D.C.