Entries by Robert Mandelbaum

Roberto E. Wirth ’75

Our Cornell Hotel Society (CHS) global community mourns the shocking and untimely loss of another consummate Hotelie, an iconic leader and true hotelier, Roberto E. Wirth class of 1975. He was 72. Roberto continued the legacy of his family’s Swiss hotelier roots in Rome, his favorite city in the world. As Owner and General Manager of the iconic Hotel Hassler, […]

Cornell Hospitality Icon and Innovator Awards After Party

Following the 2022 Cornell Hospitality Icon and Innovator Awards Banquet, Hotelies continued celebrating Cornell Nolan Hotel School’s 100th anniversary at the New York chapter’s After Party. The event was held at the 1920’s Themed Flûte Bar Midtown.  Worlds away from the bustle of Midtown Manhattan, Flûte Midtown operates in a space that was once a […]

CHS Rocky Mountain Chapter: Cornell vs. the Rest of the Wine World

On Sunday, May 22, 2022 thirty members of the CHS Colorado Rocky-Mountain Chapter gathered at alumni Juliette Boone‘s (‘93 & ‘97) house to taste 5 varietals grown by Cornell Alumni winemakers against the same varietals grown elsewhere in the world.  The tasting was guided by certified sommelier Kate Sequeira ’11.  Co-host included Kubs Lalchandani ‘99 […]

In Memoriam

We have recently been informed of the following Hotelies that have passed. Norman L. Rowe ’55                    June 14, 2021 Landon M Spilman ’54                June 8, 2021 Lucy H. Williams ‘77                    July 4, 2021 Alexandra Marie Woo ’95           March 30, 2021 Louis Passaro ‘61                          August 10, 2021 Bruce R. Panas ’70                       January 3, […]

NYC Chapter Kicks Off 100th Anniversary Celebration

On May 19, 2022, the CHS New York City Chapter had a great 100th Year Anniversary Kickoff Happy Hour in the Panorama Room of the Graduate Hotel on Roosevelt Island.  The Panorama Room is located on the 18th floor of the hotel and offers breathtaking 360-degree views of New York City.  The group enjoyed light […]

ROMA 2022 – EMEA Regional Meeting

The CHS ALPADRIA & Eastern European chapters hosted the 2022 annual EMEA Regional Meeting in Rome on April 7 through 9.  As always, the event was full of insightful educational events, great food and beverage, and lots of Hotelie comradery and fellowship.  This year’s theme was Vision, Hospitality, Leadership. The event kicked off with a […]

New York Chapter Happy Hour

New York Hotelies gathered on April 28, 2022 for a happy hour event at the Peter McManus Café.  Justin McManus, SHA ’03 hosted the event.  He is the current member of the family guiding the historic restaurant that has been featured in many movies and television shows: Highlander (1986), starring Sean Connery; Radio Days (1987), […]

DC/Baltimore Chapter Celebrates the New Year in March

Hotelies in the Washington DC/Baltimore area gathered at Anchovy Social in the Thompson Hotel to kick off the new year, and enjoy drinks, appetizers, networking, and a hotel property tour.  The indoor/outdoor rooftop venue offered great views of the Navy Yard and beyond! Picture 1:  Rebecca Flemming ’04, Amy King ’96, Kevin Jacobs ’94, Andrea […]

Stefan Diederichs ’92

Stefan Diederichs ’92, Managing Director of his company Othello Hotel Projects, shares with us what it means to be a Hotelie for Life. “During my time at Cornell and during the first 10 years after graduation I was strongly involved with CHS. I held a number of national and regional positions in Europe and together […]