Jeffery Hazell (1983 B.S.)
Owner, Bar Harbor Lobster Co.
Jeffery Hazell owns and operates Boston Lobster Feast, a chain of popular seafood restaurants, and Bar Harbor Lobster Co., one of Florida’s most successful seafood companies. A generous benefactor to the University, he has been supportive of the University’s football program and the Department of Hospitality and Tourism, including funding the Hazell Nut Café to provide on-the-job training to students. Hazell received a degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management from UNH in 1983.
CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut
Mary Barneby is the Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Connecticut, a nonprofit organization that serves 47,000 girls and nearly 20,000 volunteers in the state. Prior to joining Girl Scouts of Connecticut, Ms. Barneby spent more than 30 years in senior roles in the financial services industry, most recently as head of UBS’s Private Wealth Management business based in Stamford CT. Ms. Barneby and her husband have a son, Charlie, who earned a bachelor’s degree in 2010 at UNH.
David Cingari (1984 B.S.)
President, David's Soundview Catering, Inc.
David Cingari, owner and founder of David’s Soundview Catering, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and the University Of New Haven School Of Hospitality. David began his culinary career working as a professional chef for the Grand Hyatt Hotel in NYC prior to opening his own restaurant and catering company in Stamford in 1988. Today, in his 5,000 sq-ft state of the art culinary kitchen, David transforms fresh ingredients into delicious culinary creations.
Cheikhou "TJ" Diagne
General Manager, Woodway Beach Club
Diagne currently serves as the Manager of the Woodway Country Club and is an adjunt professor at Norwalk Community College. He is a past president of the Connecticut Club Managers Association of America (CMAA). Since the age of 18, in his native country of Senegal, Cheikhou T.J Diagne has worked in the hospitality business
Director, Connecticut Office of Tourism
Randy Fiveash was appointed the Director of the Connecticut Office of Tourism in November, 2008. Fiveash has over 30 years of proven leadership in tourism, convention and visitor bureau industry and association management, strategic planning with additional emphasis in organizational and marketing development and management.Randy is originally from Macon, Georgia and is a graduate of Mercer University. CTVISIT.COM | CULTUREANDTOURISM.ORG
Owner and President, Garafalo Markets LLC
Harry Garafalo, Owner and President of Garafalo Markets LLC (operator of ShopRite Supermarkets in Milford, West Haven, Orange, Stratford, Hamden and East Haven CT). For more than 43 years, Mr. Garafalo has been associated with Wakefern Food Corporation and their member companies, which is the largest privately owned retail food cooperative in the United States. Mr. Garafalo currently serves on a number of Wakefern committee’s including: Board of Director’s – Wakefern Food Corp., chairman of the Wakefern Environmental committee and vice-chairman of the Nonfoods committee. Since 2004, Mr. Garafalo has served as president of Milford Markets Inc. He has an MBA from the University of New Haven, as well as a BS degree in Business Administration from Sacred Heart University. In his effort to maintain and create balance in his life, he enjoys golf, travel and walking as well as home improvement projects. Born and raised in Milford, CT, he resides in Milford with his wife Ann of 27 years.
Dogan Gursoy, Ph.D
Taco Bell Distinguished Professor, Washington State University
Dr. Gursoy received his MS Degree from University of New Haven and Ph.D. degree from Virginia Tech and is recognized as one of the leading researchers in the hospitality and tourism area; His area of research includes services management, hospitality and tourism marketing, tourist behavior, travelers’ information search behavior, community support for tourism development, cross-cultural studies, consumer behavior, involvement and generational leadership. Dr. Dogan Gursoy is the Taco Bell Distinguished Professor in Hospitality Business Management at Washington State University in the School of Hospitality Business Management and the editor of Journal of Hospitality Marketing & Management. Dr Gursoy is also the founder of the Advances in Hospitality and Tourism Marketing and Management Conference (AHTMM).
General Manager, Sodexo at the University of New Haven
Gordon Hayes has more than 25 years’ experience in the food, beverage and service industry, His earlier work includes jobs at Hilton, Wyndham, Dolce, and Stouffers hotels across operational disciplines with positions in the international and domestic resort and hotel markets, including oversight in conference center food & beverage, property management and meeting operations. His recent work experiences include the higher education food service industry with Yale Hospitality and NYU Dining. He currently serves as the General Manager of Sodexo at the University of New Haven and has been focused on working with the campus community, building collaborative relationships with HTM and building the dining program at the University of New Haven
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Pavilion Catering
Jonathan has been proud to serve as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Pavilion Catering, Inc. d.b.a. Connecticut Wedding Group since 1999. He also heads the FoodService Solutions Consulting Unit, providing consulting services to Child Nutrition Programs in Connecticut schools. He also enjoys teaching catering at the national Catersource Conference and in his free time serves as a mentor to young caterers across the country. Jonathan serves on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Restaurant Association, is a member of the National Restaurant Association and the International Caterers Association. He is also a member of elite, invitation only, Leading Caterers of America group and is a member of the Les Amis d’ Escoffier Society of Connecticut. Jonathan lives on a small farm in Connecticut with his wife and children
Connecticut Hotel Developer/Owner; Member, Waterford Hotel Group
Glenn Jette has over 35 years of experience in the Hotel Industry. Mr. Jette has owned and developed 20 hotels ranging from a Bed and Breakfast in Mystic, CT to a 409-room Marriott Hotel in Hartford, CT. Jette currently owns franchised full-service and limited service properties in 4 states. Major Hotel Brands include Marriott, Hilton, Sheraton, Courtyard, Fairfield Inn and Suites and Residence Inn.
Lorine St. Jules
Director of Marketing, St. Lucia Tourist Board
Lorine St. Jules joined the industry while residing in her native island of Saint Lucia. Based in the New York metro area, Lorine leads the marketing, public relations and sales drive for the Saint Lucia Tourist Board in the Northeastern and West coast, USA. St. Jules maintains an active involvement in tourism education and is a guest lecturer at University of New Haven in Connecticut and New York University (NYU).
Steve Klemenz (1978 B.S.)
General Manager, Country Club of Fairfield
Steve Klemenz is one of the most sought-after country club CEOs in the nation and currently runs the Country Club of Fairfield, one of the state’s premier golf courses and ranked in the top 100 courses in the country. Steve was so sure he wanted a cooking career that he attended the renowned Culinary Institute of America and then moved on to the University of New Haven.
Executive Director, Rex Development, CT Lodging Association
Ginny Kozlowski is Executive Director of REX Development overseeing the administrative, operating, economic development activities and marketing functions of 15 city/town regions in South Central Connecticut. She is also the Executive Director of the Connecticut Lodging Association. She is the former President and CEO of the Greater New Haven Convention & Visitors Bureau. In 2008, she was awarded the Rising Star award from Business New Haven.
Sales Manager, Hyatt Place Milford
Yesenia Llanos is currently a Sales Manager at the Hyatt Place overseeing day to day meetings and events. She graduated from the University of New Haven in May 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree. Since then she has learned the ins and outs of the hotel industry from starting as a front desk agent, to front desk supervisor to now exploring the life of sales. She has taken her hands-on experience from UNH into her day to day duties as a Sales Manager. She hopes to work larger events internationally and eventually have her own event planning company In California. In the meantime, she will continue to speak with hospitality students about what to expect after graduation and offer any tips or advice they might need working in the hospitality industry.
Regional Revenue Optimization Manager, White Lodging Services
Jihad Lotfi is the Regional Revenue Optimization Manager at White Lodging Services. Lotfi spent 9 months as an Regional Inventory Manager in Merrillville, working with 20+ Hilton hotels. Then, he moved to Denver for 2 years as a regional revenue manager. He helped open 3 new hotels and is responsible for RM of Indianapolis Marriott, 622 room convention hotel, and 4 surrounding select service hotels. Lotfi attended Purdue University.
Executive Director, The Mark Twain House & Museum
Cindy Lovell is the executive director of the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT. She previously served as the executive director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in Hannibal, MO. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from Stetson University and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. She has held tenured faculty positions at Stetson University in DeLand and Quincy University. She founded and directed the HATS (High Achieving Talented Students) Program at Stetson.
Daniel Mahoney (1985 B.A.)
Senior Vice President of Development & Strategic Planning, Hay Creek Hotels
Dan Mahoney is the Senior VP of Development & Strategic Planning at Hay Creek Hotels. Mahoney has been involved in numerous complex multimillion-dollar hotel transactions with such notable bands as Marriott, Hilton, Starwood and Intercontinental Hotel Group, as well as several upscale boutique hotels. As a Graduate of the University of New Haven, Dan received his B.S Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.
Executive Director, Connecticut Restaurant Association
Sarah Maloney is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Restaurant Association, a not for profit trade association that represents restaurants and hospitality industry providers throughout the state. The mission of the CRA is to serve as the voice of Connecticut’s Restaurants in advocacy, education and awareness. Ms. Maloney has well over a decade of restaurant and hospitality experience and is committed to the advancement of the hospitality industry in Connecticut.
President & CEO, Pavilion Catering
Senior Vice President of Financial Services, Loew's Hotels
Originally from the West Coast, Zack grew up in the Willamette Valley in Western Oregon. He attended the University of Oregon in Eugene, graduating from the Lundquist College of Business with a degree in Management. After college, Zack joined Fairmont Hotels working in Operations and Finance in San Francisco and Denver. In the mid-80’s he moved to New York where he held positions in Finance with Doral Hotels & Resorts and Regal Hotels International. He has been with Loews Hotels since 1999 in the Corporate Office, and currently holds the position of Senior Vice President, Financial Services. Zack resides in New York City with his partner Rich and their two children.
Senior Director, Yale Dining
Adam Millman is currently the Senior Director of Yale Dining responsible for providing operational leadership, concept development, innovation leadership to ensuring operational excellence for over 14,000 meals daily. Prior to joining Yale Hospitality, Adam directed the East Coast operations for Cini-Little International, the premiere Hospitality Design and Business consulting firm. Additional Adam has held senior leadership positions with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Club Quarters Hotels and Restaurant Associates.
Executive Director, End Hunger Connecticut!
Lucy Nolan is the Executive Director of End Hunger Connecticut!, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending hunger in Connecticut. EHC!’s goal is to raise awareness of hunger in the state of Connecticut, promote funding for and access to nutrition assistance programs, and to speak out to help eliminate the root causes of hunger. EHC! works with the goal of helping low income families move “beyond the food pantry” towards self-sufficiency. Lucy expertise on food security, hunger and poverty as it relates to hunger has brought her before the US Congress and the Connecticut legislature to testify on issues ranging from food stamps to school nutrition to farmer’s markets
H. Scott Phelps
President, Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau
Scott Phelps is President of the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB), the State’s official meetings, and sports event sales and marketing organization. Over the years, he has managed everything from Convention Bureau membership and community affairs to sales operations and executive responsibilities. Phelps worked at the former Greater Hartford Convention & Visitors Bureau for more than 30 years, joining the organization in 1977 as the Director of Membership and Community Affairs. He has received many awards for his work, including the American Marketing Association’s “Marketer of the Year Award”, and a “Governor’s Tourism Award for Excellence in Travel Promotion” from the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism. Phelps holds an undergraduate degree from Eastern Connecticut State University in Applied Social Relations. Before entering the convention industry, he did graduate work at the UConn Graduate Studies at UConn School of Social Work.
Owner, Cambean Hospitality
Brian Scheinblum is the Co-founder and President of Cambean Hospitality located in Miami Beach, Florida. Cambean owns and manages four historic boutique hotels located in the historic Miami Beach Art Deco District. Brian oversees company strategy, positioning, property management, capital improvement, financing and construction for the Group. As part of his work, Brian has been working to integrate environmentally responsible hospitality practices within his properties.
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Unidine Corp.
As Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Boston-based Unidine Corporation, Tom leverages his 30 years of experience in contract foodservice to lead Unidine Corporation, one of the fastest growing contract dining companies in the country. Tom specializes in the integration of cultural and operational approaches that leverage the strengths of an organization’s people. Prior to Unidine, Tom held leadership positions at Compass/Morrison foodservice and Sodexo. He has a degree from the Culinary Institute of America, as well as a Bachelor Degree in Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism from the University of New Haven. He was co-chair of the Maryland Workforce Investment Board. He resides in the Baltimore, Maryland area.
Edward Vitelli (1997 M.S.)
Director of Revenue, Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel
Edward Vitelli is the Director of Revenue for the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel. Prior to joining the Sheraton Los Angles Downtown, he was the Director of Group Strategy for seven hotels in New York City, including the Sheraton New York Times Square, W New York, W New York Times Square, Westin Grand Central and the St. Regis. Vitelli graduated from the University of New Haven with a Master of Science Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management in 1997.