Susan (Lee) Furbay ‘96, Vice President of HVS, shares with us what it means to her to be a Hotelie for Life®.

Susan (Lee) Furbay ’96, her husband Troy, and their children Kaitlyn and Dylan.

“There are about half-dozen days in my life I will never forget: the day I immigrated from South Korea to the US, my wedding day, the days when our daughter and son were born and the day I received my acceptance letter from the Cornell Hotel School. For many, colleges are an extension of higher education where after graduation you attend homecoming for the first few years and then you receive requests for alumni donations in the mail. For me, what Cornell Hotel School has allowed for, with respect to my career, has been a wonderful blessing that is a part of me every day of my life. Over the last 22 years, my career has always been in the hotel industry in some form or another. Whether working as a broker at Eastdil specializing in hotel asset sales (where I met my husband while I was giving a hotel tour in NYC), or originating hotel loans at GE Capital, or in business development at HVS, I have constantly been in trenches with the fundamentals of the hotel economics, its people and the beauty of its real estate. Between my husband, Troy Furbay, who is the Chief Investment Officer at DiamondRock Hospitality, and me at HVS, our family is ‘long’ in the hotel industry. But we love what we do and, most importantly, the people we interact with every day. Even our eighth-grade daughter, Kaitlyn, has an eye on attending the Cornell in the future. I am so grateful to be a Hotelie and will continue to participate in alumni events, support the recent graduates and promote the Hotel School for its success and sustainability.”



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Arthur Adler ‘78


Susan (Lee) Furbay ‘96



Reneta and Mark McCarthy

Reneta McCarthy ’84, MPS ’93 and Mark McCarthy ’86, MMH ’98, both Senior Lecturers at The Hotel School, share what it means to them to be Hotelies for Life®.

Mark ’86, Reneta ’84 and John ’89 McCarthy

(Reneta) “Sometimes I joke that I wasn’t a good Hotelie undergrad. I started at Cornell as a nutrition major and transferred into the hotel school, so I always felt like a bit of an outsider. That’s why, after working for Marriott for seven years, I came back to The Hotel School as a grad student, and that changed my life. I ended up as director of rooms at the Statler Hotel, where I met Mark my #hotelieloveforlife. Mark also received his undergrad from the hotel school… as did his father, Robert ’54, his brother John ’89 and his sister Jean ’92. That’s a true Hotelie family. When I started teaching in 1995 I had no idea I would spend the next 23 years teaching and learning from Hotelies and that twelve of those years would be as the faculty advisor for HEC! Mark got his masters from The Hotel School and started teaching, as well. For both of us it’s been such a privilege to work with and get to know such outstanding students, faculty, and staff. When asked if we have children we say, no, we don’t, but we have students! Our most significant relationships are with Hotelies. We truly are Hotelies for Life®!” #hotelieforlife #startedatstatler

(Reneta and Mark are pictured with Mark’s brother John McCarthy, Hotel ‘89.)



Jon Kimball ‘84


Sophia Lin Kanno ’05


Phil Baugh ’96


Alan LeBlanc ’84


Mike Cahill ’84


Julia Heyer ’00


Sebastian Colella ‘05


Vickie Kozhushchenko ’96


Rocco M. Angelo ’58


Randy Garutti ’97


Kelly McGuire MMH’01,PhD’07


Julie Surago Pierce, MMH ’14


Stephanie (Britt) Griffin ’96


Nolan Hecht ’97


Paola Tavella ’12


Reed Woodworth ’84


Annaliese Layfayette ’10


Anthony Capuano ’87


Robert Mandelbaum ’81


Bill Minnock ’79


Deniz Omurgonulsen ’00