Annaliese Layfayette ’10

Annaliese Lafayette ’10

Annaliese Lafayette ’10, General Manager of Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland, Maine, part of Lafayette Hotels, shared what it means to her to be a Hotelie for Life.

“My favorite thing about being a Hotelie for Life is that at the end of the day, no matter whether a Hotelie went in to hotels, restaurants, or finance we all went with a purpose of putting people first. Other business schools might teach you how to do the numbers or how to market something well, but the Hotel School teaches you about relationship building and how to serve others. I remember someone at the Hotel School once said to me, ‘The ultimate goal of our job is to try to make people happy. What’s better than that?’ I try to remember that anytime I’m dealing with a tough situation or guest. That’s the mentality of a Hotelie, and that’s the type of person I want to be around.”

Anthony Capuano ’87

Anthony Capuano ’87

Anthony Capuano ’87, who oversees Global Development for Marriott International, recently shared with us what it means to him to be a Hotelie for Life®.

“Being a proud graduate of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration is like being a member of the most elite fraternity in the business world. The broad global footprint, and extraordinary passion, of the SHA’s alumni network is unrivaled. As a graduate, this network provides me with a myriad of business relationships and a whole host of social opportunities in every corner of the globe. As a student, the alumni network provided me a wealth of mentoring and career opportunities. Whether touring the Great Pyramids of Egypt or exploring the newest hotel and restaurant offerings right here in Washington, my fellow alumni always make me feel at home! I am hopeful that EVERY member of the Cornell Hotel Society takes full advantage of this extraordinary gift!!”


Stephanie (Britt) Griffin ’96

We asked Stephanie (Britt) Griffin ’96: What does being a Hotelie for Life mean to you?

Stephanie Britt Griffin ’96

Stephanie is growing her own home-based business – Total Kitchen Fitness – and shared with us: “I think it’s funny to read studies that show that only 1 in 3 actually use their college degree post-graduation. I probably fit the bill since I’m not in the traditional ‘hospitality field’ anymore! But how can you not use the tools you learned in the hotel school in EVERY facet of your life…? So – to me – being a Hotelie for Life means that I’ve been able to flex and grow the skills I learned at Cornell to span over five different industries in the last 20 years. The special bond of hotelies and the underlying current of being a #hotelieforlife is answering the highest calling to SERVE… no matter the field. You don’t have to be in the traditional hospitality field to serve others well. Whether I’m with my fitness clients or my family, I’m here to serve and proudly be a Hotelie for Life.”