2015 Award Winners

International CHRIE Announces 2015 Award Winners

International CHRIE wishes to thank the many individuals who took the time to nominate a deserving colleague. All of this year's award winners were recognized during the Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida USA at a special awards dinner celebration held on Friday evening, 31 July 2015 at the Rosen Shingle Creek.

  • Howard B. Meek Award
  • Stevenson W. Fletcher Award
  • McCool Breakthrough Award
  • JHTR Article of the Year
  • JHTE Article of the Year
  • W. Bradford Wiley Memorial Best Research Paper of the Year Award
  • John Wiley & Sons Award for Innovation in Teaching
  • John Wiley & Sons Lifetime Research Achievement Award
  • Conference Best Paper Awards
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award
  • ICHRIE Johnson & Wales Case Study Competition
  • ESD Chapters of Distinction

The Howard B. Meek Award

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Description: The Howard B. Meek Award is the highest individual recognition a member of International CHRIE may receive, it is presented annually to a member in recognition of the individual’s lifetime contributions and outstanding service to hospitality education. This award serves as a living memorial to the late Howard B. Meek, a pioneer in American hospitality education. “Prof” Meek was the first dean of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and also served as executive vice president of International CHRIE.

Congratulations to this year's recipient: Fred Mayo


The Stevenson W. Fletcher Achievement Award

Description: The Stevenson W. Fletcher Achievement Award, formerly called the International CHRIE Achievement Award, was renamed in 1994 to honor Stevenson W. Fletcher, former program head of Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. The award recognizes an individual educator for outstanding achievement in contributing innovative ideas, methods or programs that have advanced teaching, learning or practice in the field of hospitality and tourism education. Award recipient must demonstrate exceptional professional ability and commitment through service to International CHRIE and the Hospitality industry.

Congratulations to this year's recipient: Jeffrey A. Beck


McCool Breakthrough Award

This is an award to honor the spirit of Willie McCool. This award will be given to an individual, group, program, school, college, association, or corporation that has made a significant break through or introduced a unique approach in the spirit of ICHRIE's mission. The award recognizes an event, activity, or program in the spirit of Willie McCool, a dedicated and successful astronaut and son of Audrey and Barry McCool, faculty members at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

Congratulations to this year's recipient: James Madison University, School of Hospitlaity, Sport and Recreation Management: Aramark HM Prowess Externship

John Wiley & Sons Lifetime Research Achievement Award

Description: The John Wiley & Sons Research Award recognizes an International CHRIE member for lifetime contributions to outstanding scholarship and research in hospitality and tourism. The award serves as a tribute to a distinguished individual who has demonstrated high standards in the systematic and objective analysis of data that has led to the development of principles or theories resulting in a significant contribution to the body of knowledge. Additionally, the recipient must have demonstrated leadership in a specialized field of study.

Congratulations to this year's recipient: Xiuchen Bai

John Wiley & Sons Award for Innovation in Teaching

Description: The John Wiley & Sons Award for Innovation in Teaching award recognizes an International CHRIE member for the individual’s implementation of innovative, creative, and effective teaching techniques in hospitality education at the high school, diploma, and college or university level.

Congratulations to this year's recipient: Hanqin Qiu

JHTR Article of the Year Award

Description: The editorial board of the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research votes for articles deserving of recognition based on the following selection criteria: (1) originality of concepts, methods, and/or contribution; (2) appropriateness and/or innovativeness of conceptual development and/or methodology; (3) clarity of writing, and (4) overall contribution to JHTR and its body of knowledge.

Congratulations to this year's authors: Kevin Kam Fung So, Cerdiwyn King, Beverley Sparks

Title of Article: Customer Engagement with Tourism Brands: Scale Development and Validation, Volume 38, Issue 3

JHTE Article of the Year Award

Description: The editorial board of the Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education votes for articles deserving of recognition.

Congratulations to this year's authors: Baker Ayoun, Louis Rowe, Khalid Eyoun

Title of Article: Tomorrow's Hospitality Leaders of America: Their willingness to accept a future expatriate assignment, Volume 26, Issue 3

W. Bradford Wiley Memorial Best Research Paper of the Year Award

Description: The W. Bradford Wiley Memorial Research Award is given to a superior research publication on a topic relevant to the field of hospitality or tourism management by an International CHRIE member.


Congratulations to this year's authors: Zheng Xiang, Zvi Schwartz, John H. Gerdes Jr., and M. Uysal

Title of Article: What Can Big Data and Text Analytics Tell Us about Hotel Guest Satisfaction and Experience, International Journal of Hospitality Management, Volume 44

Conference Best Paper Awards

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Description: The members of ICHRIE's Conference Refereed Paper Review Committee vote for conference submissions deserving of recognition.

Examination of Barriers Affecting the Adoption of Innovation in Rural Small and Medium-Sized Tourism Enterprises
Yasong Wang and Duarte Morais

Internet Gaming Regulation: Valuation Concerns for the Industry
Mark Johnson, A.J. Singh and Yifan Zhou

Effective Communication Strategies for Store Remodeling
by Stephanie Qing Liu and Anna Mattila

Credit Card Guarantees: Reservation Policy Implications at Fine Dining Restaurants
by Brendan Richard and Nanishka Hernandez

Outstanding Reviewer Recognition

Congratulations to this year's recipients:

2015 Outstanding JHTE Reviewer Award: Paul Whitelaw

2015 Outstanding JHTR Reviewer Award: Cathy H.S. Hsu

2015 Outstanding Scientific Paper Reviewer Award:
Finance and Accounting: Manisha Singal
Information Technology: Atahan Atadil
Legal and Gaming: Peter Ricci, Florida Atlantic University
Lodging: Betsy Bender Stringam
Marketing: Yueh-Hsiu Pearl Lin
Service Management and Marketing: Melissa Baker

2015 Outstanding Case Study Paper Reviewer Award:
Fred Mayo
Mahmood Khan
Rai Shacklock
Godwin-Charles Ogbeide

2015 ICHRIE Johnson & Wales Case Study Competition Winners

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First Place
Hotel Benchmarking Task Force: A case study
by Rex Warren and Jane Boyland

Second Place
Event History and Housing Contract Clauses for a Dual-Citywide Event: The 2014 Gay Games
by Swathi Ravinchandran, Lawrence Carter, Casey Gwin and Kelly Virginia Phelan

Third Place
Understanding Country Club Membership Motivation
by James Butler and Sojung Lee


2015 ICHRIE Penn State Research Reports Awards

First Place
Minimum Wages: Effects on the U.S. hotel industry
by John O'Neill and Sean McGinley

Second Place
Multi-Unit Efficiency Assessment and Multidimensional Polygon Analytics in a Small, Full-Service Restaurant Chain
by Thomas Maier, Dennis Reynolds and Jennifer Sandstrom

Third Place (tied)
The Impact of Marcellus Shale Revelopment Revenues in Pennsylvania
by Daniel Mount, Timothy W. Kelsey, Kathryn J. Braiser

Motivation, Place Attachment and Loyalty in a Country Club
by James Butler and So Jung Lee


ESD Chapters of Distinction

Endicott College
advised by: Brendadn Cronin

University of Arkansas
advised by: godwin-Charles Ogbeide

University of Massachusetts Amherst
advised by: Miyoung Lee