Department of Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management

Paul Wise Executive in Residence Speaker Series

Fall 2015 Paul E. Wise Executive In Residence - Distinguished Speaker Series

September 15                  

Dr. Thomas Pauly, Emeritus Professor and Historian, University of Delaware

Dr. Pauly is an Emeritus Professor from the English Department at UD and the author of a book on the historical background of the musical Chicago, a biography of Zane Grey, and most recently Game Faces: Five Early American Champions and the Sports They Changed (Nebraska, 2012). 

His talk will be "An Overview of American food and Dining Since 1945" (the end of World War II). He will introduce the students to the radical transformation in people's thinking about these matters over the past sixty years. He is planning to explore this momentous change with reference to several influential individuals--Craig Claiborne, Peg Bracken, Julia Child, Emeril Lagasse, and Rachael Ray as well as a selection of innovative restaurants--Le Pavillon, Four Seasons, Chez Panisse, Spago, and Momofuku Ko. He will also be discussing the important role of major corporations such as General Foods, KFC, and the Food Network.

September 17                  

Mr. Tim Tobin, Hospitality Consultant                                          

Tim is the former Vice President, Global Learning and Leadership Development at Marriott International and author of “Your Leadership Story: Use Your Story to Energize, Motivate, and Inspire” (Berrett Koehler). In his current role, he is responsible for Marriott’s leadership development strategy, programs, curriculum and activities.

In previous professional roles, he designed and implemented a corporate university and leadership program and lead numerous leadership, training and human resource initiatives for professional services firms. Tim’s work was recognized with the 2014 Chief Learning Officer Global Learning Award, 2012 Chief Learning Officer Learning in Practice Innovation Award and the 2005 Future Human Capital Leader award from Human Capital Magazine.      

He received an Ed.D. in Human Resources Development from George Washington University and his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware. Tim has blogged for the Harvard Business Review and SmartBrief on Leadership. He has also published articles in the International Journal of Strategic Business Alliances, Leadership Excellence, ASTD-The Torch, Sales and Service Excellence Essentials, SmartCEO Magazine and Social Psychology and Education, among others.

On a personal note, Tim is an eight-time marathon finisher and three-time Ironman triathlon finisher.

You can stay connected to Tim on Twitter @tobinleadership.

September 24                  

Mr. Robert Buccini, Co-President, Buccini/Pollin Group

Mr. Buccini Co-Founded The Buccini/Pollin Group in 1993. As Co-President he is responsible for and leads the company’s office, residential, retail, and parking development activity.  Since founding the company, Mr. Buccini has managed $3 billion in real estate transactions.

Mr. Buccini oversees the financings and operations for over six million square feet of office space, five residential apartment communities, six parking facilities, and 400,000 sq. ft. of retail space.  Mr. Buccini has helped grow The Buccini/Pollin Group to become the largest private office landlord in the Philadelphia metropolitan region.  In addition, Mr. Buccini co-founded and is co-owner of the Philadelphia Union, the Philadelphia Franchise for Major League Soccer.

Previously, Mr. Buccini was an Assistant Vice President for real estate development at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC). While at the EDC, his projects included the Times Square-Disney redevelopment project, Brooklyn’s Metro Tech, the city’s first information technology building, and the New York City Discovery Fund (a $50 million venture fund investing in New York City based technology companies). Prior to that engagement, Mr. Buccini was a Broker and Senior Analyst for Kenneth D. Laub & Company, a commercial real estate brokerage firm based in New York City.

Mr. Buccini received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University.

Mr. Buccini is Chairman of the Wilmington Housing Partnership, member of the Board of Directors for the Vice President of the United States Residence Foundation, member of the Board of Trustees for Delaware State University, a Director of The Rodel Foundation of Delaware, and a Trustee for Christiana Care Health System.    

October 1                           

Mr. Eric Foss, President and CEO,  Aramark

Leading the way on sustainable growth

Eric is the chairman, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), a $15 billion global provider of food, facilities and uniform services. 

Eric was named president and CEO in 2012 and chairman of the board in 2015. Since his appointment, Aramark has recorded consistent growth in sales, new business and adjusted net income and operating margins. He is also improving profitability by establishing a repeatable business model across the company.

He most recently led Aramark’s successful return to the New York Stock Exchange in December 2013.

Under Eric’s leadership, Aramark and its 270,000 employees are poised for sustainable growth through new business generation, geographic expansion and more efficient operations.

Proven track record of success

Prior to joining Aramark, Eric served as chairman and CEO of Pepsi Bottling Group (PBG), the world’s largest bottler of Pepsi-Cola. He was named CEO and elected to the PBG Board of Directors in 2006 and elevated to chairman in 2008.

He participated in the successful process of taking PBG public in 1999. Eric oversaw the acquisition of PBG by PepsiCo in 2010, which brought outstanding value to PBG shareholders, and then led the integration of the business within the corporation serving as CEO of PepsiCo’s Pepsi Beverages Company.

Throughout his career with Aramark, PBG and PepsiCo, Eric Foss has established a strong track record of generating profitable growth through integrated strategies and consistent execution that meets or exceeds financial commitments. He has led global teams to successfully build leading brands through a frontline-first mindset while achieving broad-based productivity gains.

Today he serves on the board of directors of Aramark, Cigna, Catalyst and the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts. Eric is also a member of the Business Roundtable and the Wall Street Journal CEO Council. 

Eric earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Ball State University and was honored with the Miller College of Business Award of Distinction in 2005.

October 8                           

Ms. Carrie Leishman, President/CEO, Delaware Restaurant Association

Panel Moderator

Carrie Leishman is the President & CEO of the Delaware Restaurant Association (DRA) and the newly formed Delaware Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (DRAEF). 2015 marks Carrie 15th year as President & CEO of the DRA, the state trade association dedicated to promoting, educating and advocating for the Delaware’s foodservice industry; which represents close to 2,000 restaurants in the state. 

Carrie grew up in upstate New York and graduated from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.  After spending 10 years with the Maryland Restaurant Association, she became the President of the Delaware Restaurant Association. She is credited with building and strengthening the DRA-- taking a handful of members and a miniscule yearly budget and turning it into one of the most influential business organization in the state. Carrie is often described as a passionate and fearless advocate for the industry, and has been featured in Delaware Today Magazine where she was recognized as an influential Woman in Business. 

In 2014 Carrie expanded the DRA by forming the Delaware Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (DRAEF). This non-profit entity of the DRA will focus on training, education and workforce development for students, underserved populations, and those already in the foodservice industry.  The DRAEF’s premier culinary and management program is the ProStart Program, which currently reaches over 1,700 students in 13 high schools throughout Delaware. 

Carrie enjoys spending time mentoring high school youth in Delaware’s foster care system. She sits on the Advisory Committee for the Food Bank of Delaware and has served as an adjunct professor in the University of Delaware’s Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management Program. 

Carrie, her husband, and their two children spend their summers and vacations at the family’s house in Bethany Beach. They can often be found enjoying the beach, fishing, or out to lunch or dinner in one of Delaware’s amazing restaurants.


Bobby Pancake—CEO and COO of High 5 Hospitality Franchisee of  8 Buffalo Wild Wings (BWW).  In 2005, Mr. Pancake and his partner were named New Franchisee of the Year by BWW, Inc. In 2009, Bobby received the Founders Award from Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., recognizing the individual who best personifies the vision, enthusiasm, work ethic and humility of the chain’s late founder.  High Five Hospitality also owns the Stone Balloon Ale House on Main St. in Newark, De.

Scott Kammerer-- is President of the award wining SoDel Concepts, which consists of 8 restaurants, a catering company and a food truck. SoDel Concepts was named by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in America.  Among the SoDel restaurants are Bluecoast Seafood Grill, named one of the top-10 destination restaurants in America, and Matt’s Fish Camp, which was recently awarded “Best Seafood Restaurant” by Delaware Today Magazine.

Alisa Morkides- owner of Brew Ha Ha! a local coffee café company with 9 locations in the New Castle County, De. Brew Ha Ha! is the winner of Delaware Today Magazine’s Best of Delaware coffees and espresso beverages for 20 years in a row. Her most recent business venture is Vim, a farm to table juice bar and café.

October 15                         

Mr. Fred Dame, Master Sommelier, Southern Wine & Spirits of California, President, Guild of Sommeliers Education Foundation

Frederick L. Dame, Master Sommelier brings an impressive blend of experience, expertise and enthusiasm to the world of wine and cuisine. He is the first American to have served as President of the Court of Master Sommeliers Worldwide and assists restaurateurs and hoteliers in developing their wine programs in his role as Vice-President of Prestige Accounts, American Wine & Spirits of California. He is currently the President of the Guild of Sommeliers Education Foundation. He holds Honorary Professorships at Purdue University and The University of South Carolina.

Dame's ability to transmit his passionate interest in wine make him a natural teacher. One of just seventy-three Americans to have passed the Master Sommelier Examination, Dame was the first to successfully pass all three parts in a single year. This feat and his high score won him the coveted Krug Cup of the British Guild of Sommeliers in 1984. Dame founded the American Branch of The Court of Master Sommeliers in 1986 and has played an active role in the expansion of the Master Sommelier program throughout America since that time.

As Cellarmaster of The Sardine Factory in Monterey, California for twelve years, Dame created a wine list which won the Wine Spectator Grand Award. With the many wine events held in the brick and wine lined Wine Cellar, Dame turned The Sardine Factory into a wine destination restaurant of world renown. He is also active in the culinary arts serving as an Honorary Trustee of The American Academy of Chefs, the honor society of The American Culinary Federation. He was awarded the Antonin Careme Medal and was made a Supreme Knight of the Knights of the Vine in 2000. He was elected to the prestigious National Restaurant Association College of Diplomates in 2004. In 2006 he received Sante Magazine’s Wine Professional of the Year as well as Starwine’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2010 he was elected to the American Academy of Chefs Hall of Fame.

Dame is also an active member of the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, serving as the current Vice Conseiller Culinaire of the Monterey Peninsula Bailliage. He has been awarded Officier Commandeur in recognitiion of his 30 year membership with La Chaîne and is the recipient of the Bronze Star of Excellence, awarded for outstanding service by a Bailli.

A sixth generation Californian, Dame graduated from Washington and Lee University with a degree in journalism and communications. A European trip after high school piqued his curiosity about wine and food. Since then, he has applied his considerable persuasive skills to the service and appreciation of fine wine.

October 22                         

Mr. Anthony Wedo, President, CEO and Director, Ovation Brands

Mr. Wedo is a highly successful leader, CEO and sought after advisor in the restaurant and hospitality industries. He possesses a unique background, demonstrating success as a Fortune 50 senior executive, an entrepreneur, and a turnaround CEO. He has served as both a private and public company Chairman and CEO and has raised over $500 million of both public and private debt and equity. He has successfully led debt and equity road-shows and has conducted a successful auction as a public company CEO.

He most recently served as President, CEO and Director at Ovation® Brands, the leading buffet restaurant company in the U.S. with $900 million in revenue, 330 restaurants and 18,000 employees. He developed new restaurants in every major U.S. market totaling over 500 units and has recruited and managed franchisees in all parts of the country. During his more than 25-year career he has led the turnaround of a variety of businesses, in the QSR, Fast Casual and Family Dining segments of the restaurant industry.

Prior to his most recent position at Ovation® Brands, Wedo served as CEO of Mainline Capital Advisors LLC, which provided M&A, turnaround management, advisory and executive management consulting services to debt investors and private equity sponsors in the restaurant industry. He developed Leadership – The 12 Commandments, a guide for and about leadership, and is a highly sought after speaker on the subject of leadership. Mr. Wedo has been featured in an episode of the hit CBS TV series Undercover Boss and in many publications including the Wall Street Journal and Nation’s Restaurant News.

Wedo began his career in hospitality at PepsiCo, as part of a new breed of young entrepreneurial restaurant operators brought in to help the corporate giant create a new culture. Wedo was put on the fast track and grew to Vice President and General Manager of the Southeast Division of KFC, overseeing more than 1,200 restaurants, 7,000 employees and $1 Billion in revenue.

Following his success at PepsiCo, Wedo founded Mid-Atlantic Restaurant Systems, the largest Area Developer and franchisee of Boston Market. As Chairman, President and CEO, he grew the company over a four-year period to 160 restaurants, generating more than $250 Million in annualized sales. During his tenure with Mid-Atlantic Restaurant Systems, he was named Entrepreneur of the Year, Area Developer of the Year and chosen as Top 50 Employer in Pennsylvania.

He has won a variety of industry specific and National business awards including Entrepreneur of the Year, U.S. Small Business Administration’s – Home Business Advocate of the Year, U.S. Restaurant Industry’s – Area Developer of the Year and the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 40 under 40, among others.

Mr. Wedo serves on a variety of non-profit and other boards including The Pete duPont Freedom Award, and the University of Delaware, Horn Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Mr. Wedo holds a B.S. Degree in Business from Penn State University, an M.B.A degree from Cornell University and an International M.B.A. from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario Canada. He is also a retired officer in the US Navy Reserve.

October 29                          HRIM Leadership Advisory Board


November 5                      

Mr. Joe McInerney, President and CEO, McInerney Hospitality International

Joseph A. McInerney, CHA, is the president & CEO of McInerney Hospitality International LLC, an international hospitality consulting practice. Currently he is advisor or a board member to four companies. He is leading a customer-service training project in the Republic of Georgia for the World Bank, and the author of “Change, Is the New Status Quo”.  McInerney is emeritus president and chief executive officer of American Hotel & Lodging Association and its affiliates.

McInerney has over 50 years of experience in the hospitality industry in both the for profit and not for profit sectors as president of ITT Sheraton’s Franchise Division, and president & CEO of Hawthorn Suites, Forte Hotels, the Pacific Asia Travel Association, and the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

Throughout his career, McInerney has been a change agent – growing brands, creating earning streams, increasing profits, enhancing brand image, and significantly improving employee morale at the companies and associations he managed.  His extensive international experience living in Asia, working in Moscow, and the numerous lectures around the world provide him with a global prospective. 

A United States Army veteran, McInerney is an honor graduate of Boston College as well as a Certified Hotel Administrator via the Educational Institute (EI), an affiliate of AH&LA. McInerney has been recognized with numerous industry awards throughout his career.

November 12                   

Mr. Ted Teng, President, CEO, The Leading Hotels of the World

Ted Teng was appointed president and chief executive officer of The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. in September 2008. In his position, Mr. Teng oversees and directs all aspects of business strategy, operations, and performance growth for the premier luxury hospitality organization. The company, which represents over 430 predominantly independent hotels, provides global sales, marketing and distribution services through an expansive network of worldwide sales and reservations offices. Based at the company’s headquarters in New York, Mr. Teng also holds a seat on the board of directors.

Since joining The Leading Hotels of the World, Mr. Teng has developed and begun executing a detailed five-year business plan which focuses on strengthening the brand and driving increased revenue to member hotels. Within the plan, he has also asserted the crucial importance of dedication and adherence to quality, in the firm belief that by elevating the overall level among the collection, all hotels will benefit. Taking as his motto “Preserve, Enhance, and Invent,” he seeks to honor and uphold the more than eight-decade-old traditions of the organization, while innovating to achieve greater strength and success in the future.

Immediately before joining the organization, Mr. Teng was the principal and chief executive officer of Prime Opus Partners, LP, a hotel investment and operations firm he founded in 2006. In 2005/2006, he served as executive-in-residence and was actively involved through various volunteer leadership roles at the School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University.

Throughout his 30-year career in the hospitality industry, Mr. Teng has been responsible for the growth of some of the most prominent brands in the world. For five years he was president, chief operating officer of Wyndham International, Inc., where he oversaw the core branded hotel products, as well as the company’s third-party management operations, comprised of over 200 properties generating USD 2.5 billion in annual revenue.

He also served as president, Asia-Pacific, for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., immediately following the merger of Starwood Lodging, Westin, and Sheraton. He oversaw the integration of that company’s branded hotel operations in the region, and was responsible for the operating and financial performance of over 70 hotels and resorts in 17 countries. New projects executed during Mr. Teng’s tenure included the St. Regis in Shanghai, the first international W in Sydney, the highest quality Four Points Hotel in Sydney, the Sheraton in Sapporo, and the Westin Kyoto.

Prior to the Starwood merger, Mr. Teng was the president of Asia-Pacific for Westin Hotels, where he was credited with having achieved significant growth in the number of hotels, including the launch of notable new flagships in Sydney, Melbourne, Guam, Kuala Lumpur, Awaji Island, Taipei, and Shanghai. Before coming to Westin, he was with ITT Sheraton, where he served for 14 years in a variety of senior and strategic capacities in operations, finance and development in North America, Hawaii and Asia. Most notably, Mr. Teng successfully negotiated the first ITT Sheraton equity investment in China in a multi-use project that included today’s St. Regis Beijing.

A graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Mr. Teng has an MBA from the University of Hawaii. Born in Shanghai, China, he grew up in Hong Kong, emigrated to the U.S. at age 13 and became a U.S. citizen soon after.

November 19                   

Mr. Roland Parrish, McDonald’s Owner/Operator, Parrish Restaurants, LTD

Mr. Parrish owns and operates 24 McDonald’s in the Dallas area.  Serving an unprecedented 3rd term as Chairman and CEO of the National Black McDonald’s Owner/Operators Association.

Consistently makes Black Enterprise Magazine’s BE 100 as one of the Top 100 Black Owned Businesses in the United States.

Parrish earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Business at Purdue’s Krannert School of Business.  His leadership gift supported the renovation of the former Management and Economics Library
at Purdue University and was renamed the Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics.

December 3                      

Ms. Linda Parkowski, Director, Delaware Tourism Office

Linda Parkowski became Director of Tourism in 2008 after more than 20 years of experience in the Delaware tourism industry, including a stint as general manager of both the Sheraton Dover Hotel and Wild Quail Golf and Country Club in Wyoming, Delaware.

Additionally, Linda has served on many boards, including: Governor’s Tourism Advisory Board; Kent County Convention and Visitors Bureau; Delaware Tourism Alliance; Delaware Hotel & Lodging Association (Board of Directors); Greater Dover Committee; Post-Labor Day School Start Task Force (chair); and the Council of State Governments’ Eastern Regional Conference.

Since taking over as Director of Tourism, Linda and the Delaware Tourism team have launched quite a few successful initiatives, including the Delaware Tourism Trails (Geocaching; Culinary; Beer, Wine & Spirits; History; and Outdoor), along with the Delaware Sports Commission and the Official Delaware Travel Guide and Maps. The books “Landmarks and Legacies” and “First State Plates” were created by Linda and her team to compliment the History Trail and Culinary Trail.



The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

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