Christopher Muller, MPS ’85 Ph.D.’92

Christopher Muller, MPS ’85 Ph.D.’92, Professor of the Practice, Hospitality, Boston University, tells us what it means to him to be a Hotelie for Life®:

“When I told my father, who was not in Hospitality, that I had been accepted to The Hotel School he said, “Well, you’ll never have to look for a job again.” And, of course, he was right. I met Melinda MPS ’85 in my first week, we were married in Sage Chapel just before graduation (I married the MPS Director!), had our cocktail hour at the AD White house, wedding reception at the Statler Inn. We both worked at SHA, I was her “trailing spouse.”

Many of our lifelong friends grew from that time. Our 3 kids were born in Ithaca and grew up in TCAB, which took up 6 ½ of the best years of my professional life. I still “pal” with Giuseppe, work with Chef Brian and talk to Chase and Nork. Our youngest, Mackenzie ’14, took up where we left off, becoming an MOD at Statler. Now, she recruits executives who were students then, sharing 3 generations of stories. The late Mike Oshins MPS ’85, convinced me to be the Dean at BU where we played the parts of “Statler & Waldorf” together.

I’ve spoken to industry groups around the world, made friends everywhere, brought my family to places unimaginable, all because of the wonderful people who are Hospitality. And, of course, because I am a #hotelieforlife.”

2018 Boston Lodging Pulse

Cornell Hotel Society’s New England Chapter partnered with Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration to present the eighth annual Boston Lodging Pulse on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Designed to provide forward-looking insight on the latest national and local market industry forecasts and create an interactive discussion amongst professionals in the hospitality industry, the event has drawn a growing crowd year after year. Mark Woodworth MPS ‘78, Senior Managing Director, Head of Lodging Research at CBRE Hotels provided the “pulse” portion of the program featuring an outlook on the national and the Boston lodging market, exploring trends in both revenues and expenses. David Attardi, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Kalibri Labs presented an in-depth analysis of the data collected by Kalibri Labs and the story it tells about distribution channels and the trends and costs associated with each.

Moderated by Lesley Silberstein ’78 of Silberstein & Associates, this year’s panel discussion focused on the ever-changing landscape of distribution channels and a conversation focusing on a hotel’s ‘optimal mix.’ The panel featured David Attardi, Roy Madhok, Regional Director of Revenue for Highgate, and Jake Stein, Expedia’s Senior Director of Global Partner Group.

As a result of the event’s record attendance and Group One Partners, the event’s Title Sponsor, the 2018 Lodging Pulse raised over $3,000 for both the local chapter’s SHA scholarship fund and Boston University’s School of Hotel Administration.

Mark Woodworth ’78

Boston Lodging Pulse 2018 speakers, Mark Woodworth ‘78, Jake Stein, Roy Madhok, Lesley Silberstein ‘78, David Attardi