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CHS New England Holiday Party

On January 6, 2020, the New England Chapter gathered to celebrate their accomplishments of 2019 and ring in the new year. Over 70 alumni and guests attended the event held at The Colonnade Hotel in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. Special guests included Dr. Kate Walsh, Dean of the Hotel School, and Meg Keilbach, Associate Dean of Alumni Affairs. CHS Global Board members in attendance included Dexter Wood ‘87, Richard Adie ‘75, and Andrea Foster ‘96. The evening featured a school update from the Dean, live music, and a silent auction and raffle to support the Chapter’s scholarship fund.


  1. Group Photo
  2. CHS New England Board: Jenn Cotter ’87, Nala Holmes ’12, Greg Bodenaire ’10, Michael Hintsa ’15, Yana Bushoy ’10, Sebastian Colella ’05, Jed Porta ’03, Marisa Sweeny (not shown)

CHS New England Holiday Party


Boston Lodging Pulse 2019

On October 16, 2019, the Cornell Hotel Society’s New England Chapter partnered with Boston University’s School of Hospitality Administration to present the ninth annual Boston Lodging Pulse. 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. Rachel Roginsky ’79, Principal of Pinnacle Advisory Group, provided the “pulse” portion of the program featuring an outlook on the National and local Boston lodging markets, exploring trends in both revenue and expenses.

Moderated by Harry Wheeler, Principal of Group One Partners, this year’s panel discussion focused on hospitality design, providing insight on recent trends, their impact on travel, and the brands role in design. Panelists included Stephen Kallaher, Vice President, Corporate Development, Hyatt Hotels and Amber Woody, Director of Interior Design, Upscale Brands, Choice Hotels, and Lisa MacGillivray, Executive Vice President, Hospitality, marlo marketing. The panelists’ different backgrounds provided attendees with an interesting conversation touching on the brands departure from prototypical designs, ways to deliver for the next generation of travelers, how to provide that Instagram moment, and the best ways to incorporate a hotel’s design in the property’s story and messaging. Panelists also shared their development and opening experiences with some of Boston’s newest and upcoming hotels including the Cambria Boston Downtown, the Hyatt Place Boston Seaport, and the Moxy in Boston’s Theater District.

As a result of the event’s sold out attendance and the generosity of the event’s Title Sponsor, Group One Partners, the 2019 Boston Lodging Pulse raised over $3,000 for both the local chapter’s scholarship fund and Boston University’s School of Hotel Administration.

CHS New England Tours Whitney Hotel

In September, the New England Chapter hosted a tour and cocktail reception at The Whitney Hotel. The boutique hotel opened in July in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood with 65 luxury guestrooms. The hotel is named for Henry Melville Whitney, a Boston industrialist and owner of the site in 1800s when it served as a dorm for nurses at a local hospital. Over twenty alumni, including CHS Global President Dexter Wood ‘87, were able to see the beautiful property including its garden courtyard, learn of its long history, and enjoy food and beverage from Peregrine, the hotel’s coastal Mediterranean restaurant.

Picture One: Alan Suzuki ’03, Dave Harelick, Kathleen Murphy ’87, Sebastian Colella ’05, Dexter Wood ’87, Nala Holmes ’12, James Carmody ’81, Stephanie Loeber ’95, Venus Tse ’17, David Hoff ‘81

Picture Two: Dexter Wood ’87 Global CHS President with Sebastian Colella ’05 Chapter President and Nala Holmes ’12 Chapter Vice President

CHS New England Tours Whitney Hotel


CHS New England Chapter Holiday Party 2018

On January 22, 2019, the New England Chapter raised a glass to the holidays and the New Year at their Annual Holiday Party held at State Street Provisions in downtown Boston. The festive event, complete with a silent auction and raffle, is the largest contributor to the chapter’s scholarship fund and this year was no different. With attendees coming from all six New England states, the event drew over 70 alumni and guests.