Finland, Russia and the Baltic Chapter Lunch

Thanks to Ville Relander IMHI Essec ’05 for hosting the CHS Finland, Russia and Baltic Chapter at his restaurant, The Cock, in Helsinki, Finland.  The event was held on Thursday, June 3.  Ville has hosted a few meetings during COVID when local laws have allowed.  The Hotelies in attendance had a lot of issues to catch up on.  Attendees were able to purchase the newly printed CHS EMEA 60th anniversary history.  Next time, the group will meet at Ville’s other restaurant – Madonna.

Pictured from Left to Right: Juha Mähönen, Ville Relander, Martti Palonperä Riikka Moreau in the back Jere Talonen, Esko Paalasmaa,Deiv Salutskij and Merit Kuusniemi

Mercy Me – Cocktails in Person!

The CHS Washington DC/Baltimore Chapter hosted their first in-person and virtual programming event of 2021!  Attendees gathered at Mercy Me at Yours Truly (one of DC’s newest hotels) for a cocktail making class, networking, and hotel property tour. The event was held on one of their outdoor patios, with social distancing considered.  The Chapter also provided CHS members with a virtual option.  Attendees were able to order their own cocktail making kit from Mercy Me’s website for pick up and then join online via a live stream of the cocktail class and online networking after.

Alumni Trustee Elections – February 2021

In February of 2021, Cornell University alumni will have the opportunity to vote for two alumni to serve on the Board of Trustees.  This year’s nominees are:

  • John Balen ’82 (ENG), MBA ‘86
  • Liv Gussing Burgess ’91 (Hotel)
  • A’ndrea Van Schoick ’96 (CALS)
  • Kim Wagner ’85 (CALS)

To learn more about the candidates and the role of the trustees, please visit Alumni Trustee Elections – 2021.

The Executive Board of the Cornell Hotel Society encourages all alumni to participate in the election.  During February, be on the lookout for emails from the Cornell Department of Alumni Affairs or visit the website link above.

Dubai Lodging Outlook 2021

On November 9, 2020, Cornell Hotel Society, MENA Chapter, hosted the 6th Annual Dubai Lodging Outlook 2021 Seminar virtually in collaboration with STR.  The seminar started off with a macroeconomic overview and forecast presentation by Mohamed Abu Basha, Director, Head of Macroeconomic Analysis, at EFG Hermes, a prominent investment bank in the region.  Abu Basha’s presentation was followed by a presentation by Sarah Duignan, Director of Client Relationships, and Philip Wooller, Area Director, Middle East & Africa at STR.  Sarah and Philip highlighted the region’s key lodging trends in addition to STR’s 2021 forecast of key metrics for Dubai and the GCC.  The seminar was concluded by Emeritus Professor Sheryl Kimes who presented the results of her latest survey addressing the challenges and lessons learned by hoteliers in the region from the COVID 19 pandemic.

Attendance at the event increased by 30% y-o-y, totaling 420 attendees (important to note that over 700 individuals registered for the event).

CHS Finland Dines Italian Style

On Tuesday, October 20, 2020 the CHS Finland Chapter held an Italian feast at the Madonna restaurant in Helsinki.  This was the chapter’s second in-person event during the COVID period.  It was also the fifth time IMHI graduate Ville Relander has hosted the group over the years.

Attending the event (right to left) were L Ville Relander IMHI graduate, Juha Mahonen GMP ’05 / ‘19, Martini Palonpera ’77 and MPS 94, Satu Oksanen IMHI ’94, and Deiv Salutskij ’71.

Pia Adlivankin ’94 Featured In Funworld Magazine

Pia Adlivankin ’94, an icon in the global amusement business, was featured in a cover story in the September 2020 edition of Funworld Magazine.  Funworld is the foremost industry publication published by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.  The article features Pia’s interpretation of “Life is Service” – create an award-winning experience for both your staff and guests.

Please use the following link to view the article:

Atlanta Lodging Outlook 2021

On Wednesday, September 16, 2020 the CHS Georgia Chapter held its 21st annual Atlanta Lodging Outlook seminar.  This year CHS partnered with the Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association to produce the conference online.  The virtual event drew roughly 200 hoteliers throughout the state of Georgia.

Representing CHS were chapter Treasurer Liad Hare ’18 who welcomed the attendees, and Mark Woodworth ’77 who moderated the panel discussion.  Attendees received an update on current and future market conditions from Mark Vaughan, Executive Vice President and Chief Sales Officer of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Jamie Lane, Senior Director of CBRE Hotels Research.

Berlin Lodging Outlook 2020

The Cornell Hotel Society (CHS) German Chapter held its first “Berlin Lodging Outlook” at the Hotel Bristol Berlin on August 28, 2020 with 50 participants and thus almost fully booked. All the participants at the Cornell event were thrilled in catching up with industry colleagues in person after a long time, despite the Covid-19 distance rules.

There were high-quality and informative lectures and an exciting panel discussion under the motto “What´s on the horizon?”.

Top-class speakers contributed to the success of this high-level event. Wolfgang Gattringer (Fairmas) and Dennis Spitra (STR) presented the current figures and specific analysis of the market. Markus Luthe, CEO from IHA Germany presented the current outlook including trends and future scenarios. The great cast of the panel discussion facilitated by Andreas Martin (hotelforum management GmbH) with Gregor Andréewitch (Waldorf Astoria), Christian Andresen ( The Mandala Hotel & DEHOGA Berlin), Walter C. Neumann (IHR/Seetelhotels) and Stefan Athmann (Hotel Bristol Berlin) contributed with a lively and informative debate to the success of this event.

Before the event we organized our general assembly with 12 active CHS members. (picture below).

For Brooke Pinto ’14, Life is Public Service

It is not uncommon for a Hotelie to follow a career path outside the hospitality industry.  However, it is rare to see a Hotelie enter politics. For Brooke Pinto ’14, the path to a career in politics felt inevitable.  Helping people is in her DNA.

Growing up, Brooke was very familiar with the Cornell Hotel School. Her mother, aunt and uncle attended the Hotel School. Because of her love of service to others, all her cousins unanimously identified her as the relative most likely to follow the family footsteps to Ithaca.

Brooke was attracted to the Hotel School because it provided a management program grounded in hospitality. Of special interest was her Hospitality Law class with Professor Sherwyn. This class provided her with a sense of the legal tools that were available to help serve the needs of the seniors she cared for during her summer internship at a senior living community. Ultimately this inspired Brooke to attend Georgetown University Law Center after graduation from the Hotel School.

Attending law school in Washington DC helped shape Brooke’s career in politics. While at Georgetown, Brooke worked with Senator Richard Blumenthal from her native state of Connecticut. With Senator Blumenthal she furthered her knowledge of health-related legal issues. Using the business knowledge gained at the Hotel School, Brooke also spent time working in the area of tax law.

Upon graduation from Georgetown, Brooke served in a series of legal positions at the local and federal levels.  Ultimately, she became the Assistant Attorney General for Policy and Legislative Affairs for the Office of the Attorney General in the District of Columbia.  During this position she worked very closely with the DC Council which increased her interest in serving in local government.

Early in 2020, one of the DC Councilmembers resigned. Brooke was encouraged to run for the empty position, and ultimately won the election to serve the remainder of the vacated term through 2020. Brooke also won the election to become the Democratic nominee to fill the four-year term as DC councilmember for Ward 2 which stretches from Downtown to Georgetown. She is currently campaigning for that election to be held in November of 2020.

Campaigning has proven to be exhausting, yet rewarding. Brooke estimates that she has called over 30,000 residents in her ward, not to just earn their vote, but to listen to their needs, a skill that was strengthened at the Hotel School. To help the effort, several Hotelies and other Cornellians in the DC area have served as volunteers on her campaign.

Through it all, Brooke has maintained her ties to Cornell. She serves on the board of the local Cornell Hotel Society chapter, is active in the Cornell Club of Washington DC, and continues to communicate with her friends from Ithaca.

While Brooke’s passion for hospitality remains strong, politics appears to be the profession of choice to satisfy her desire to provide service – “a little better service” to the residents of the nation’s capital.

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Editors Note:  Dana Barrett – Hotel ’88 is running for the House of Representatives from the 11th district of Georgia.

Pictures Below

  1. CM Pinto at her swearing in ceremony in June 2020
  2. CHS Alumni Group Photo, from left to right – Peter Kline (1969), Caren Kline (1975), Brooke Pinto (2014), Carolyn Will (1974), Dennis Langley (1974)
  3. Councilmember Pinto in the Restaurant Management Class

CHS Hawaii Tours Waikiki’s Newest Hotel

On February 27, 2020, 13 alumni and guests were treated to a private tour and reception at the new Halepuna Waikiki hotel with GM, Julie Arigo. Halepuna Wakiki, located across the street from its sister property, the Halekulani, opened in October 2019 and is considered the Halekulani company’s first foray into boutique luxury. Following the tour, we were provided a delicious spread of menu favorites by Chef de Cuisine, Aaron Furuto, and Restaurant Manager, Nicole Mackay. Needless to say, we left happy and full and will certainly be back again soon!

CHS Hawaii Tours the Halepuna Waikiki Hotel.