On December 9th, 2017 Lee ‘69 and Mary Pillsbury hosted a beautiful holiday party for the CHS South Florida Chapter in their Ft. Lauderdale home. Over 60 alumni and their families attended including Associate Dean of Alumni Affairs and Development, Jon Deninson. Guests also had front row views to the annual Winterfest Boat Parade where over 100 boats decked out with holiday lights and decorations float through the Intracoastal Waterway.
On November 28, 2017 the CHS South Florida Chapter welcomed Dean Kate Walsh and Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs and Development Meg Keilbach to Miami with a cocktail reception hosted by Mast Capital at The Conrad Miami. Hotelies and their guests enjoyed Brickell’s nighttime city and waterfront views while chatting with the Dean in this intimate setting.
On Friday, July 28, 2017, the Hotel School and Southern Florida Chapter honored Dionisio James D’Aguilar, the Minister of Tourism for the Bahamas. Minister D’Aguilar received a BS degree from the Hotel School in 1986, and his MBA from the Johnson School in 1987. The reception was held in the presidential suite of the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay in conjunction with the National Association of Black Hotel Owners Operators and Developers conference.
On June 14, 2017, the CHS South Florida chapter, in conjunction with the local HSMAI chapter, hosted a seminar entitled, “Why The Hotel Industry Is Embracing Virtual Reality”. The event was held at The Betsy Hotel in South Beach. Following a rooftop reception, the group listened to a panel of industry authorities including Antonio Batananero, co-founder of FirstView, Marco Fanton, Global Social Media Director of Melia Hotels, and Benji Greenberg, Chief Executive Officer of BCV Social. Moderating the panel was Miguel Alonso Jr., Ph.D., Director of Research and Economic Development, Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Florida International University.
On April 26, the South Florida chapter hosted the second annual Cornell Hotel Society reception in conjunction with the CHRIS/HOLA conferences. The event was held at the LILT Lounge of the EPIC hotel in Miami. Hotelies from South Florida and throughout the Americas were in attendance and enjoyed the waterfront view during one of the hottest happy hours in Miami.