Awards

Howard B. Meek Award

The Howard B. Meek Award is the highest individual recognition a member of ICHRIE may receive. It is presented to an ICHRIE member in recognition of the individual's lifetime contributions and outstanding service both to hospitality education and to International CHRIE. This award serves as a living memorial to the late Howard B. Meek, a pioneer in American hospitality education, the first dean of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and an Executive Vice President of ICHRIE.

Qualifications for the Howard B. Meek Award:

  • Nominee must be an ICHRIE member at the time of nomination and receipt of the award
  • Outstanding continuous service to both hospitality education and to ICHRIE for over at least two decades (a minimum of 20 years)
  • Candidate must have a meaningful leadership role in ICHRIE but it is not necessary to have served as a member of the Board of the Directors
  • An ICHRIE member may receive this award only once

Notes on the Howard B. Meek Award:

This award has been designed to honor a lifetime of achievement and is different from the Fletcher Award which does not require commitment to and service to ICHRIE – it could be to the industry or to hospitality in general. Winners of the award over the past ten years include: Raphael Kavanaugh, Robert D. Reid, Linda Lagman Hoops, W. Terry Umbreit, Caroline Cooper, Nicholas J. Hadgis, Brian M. Cooper, Andrew Schwarz, Thomas Walsh, Michael Olsen, William Cheeseman, George T. Alley, Kaye Chon, John Drysdale, Robert Bosselman and Rai Shacklock.

The Stevenson W. Fletcher Achievement Award

The Stevenson W. Fletcher Achievement Award recognizes an individual educator or trainer 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. The award recipient must demonstrate exceptional professional ability and/or commitment through service to ICHRIE and/or to the hospitality industry and education. This award, formerly called the ICHRIE 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.

Qualifications for The Stevenson W. Fletcher Achievement Award:

  • Nominee must be an ICHRIE member at the time of nomination and receipt of the award
  • Must be a member of ICHRIE for at least 6 consecutive years
  • Outstanding long term service to ICHRIE and/or service to hospitality education and/or industry for a minimum of 10 years
  • Educators, trainers, researchers and administrators are eligible for this award

Notes on the Stevenson W. Fletcher Achievement Award:

This award is given to an educator or trainer to honor exceptional ability. Past Award winners include: Sara Parks, Lynn Huffman,Ernest P. Boger II, Ray Schmidgall, Mahmood A. Khan, James A. Bardi, Alan Stutts, Peter Jones, Linda L. Hoops, Robery A. Brymer, Audrey C. McCooll, Frank D. Borsenik, Chris Roberts, Clyaton Barrows, Stuart Mann and Fred Mayo.

John Wiley & Sons Lifetime Research Achievement Award

John Wiley & Sons Lifetime Research Achievement Award

The John Wiley & Sons Lifetime Research Achievement Award recognizes an ICHRIE member for lifetime contributions to outstanding scholarship and research in hospitality and tourism. The award is given to an International CHRIE member who has made and continues to make significant contributions to the field of hospitality and tourism through scholarly research published in hospitality and non-hospitality journals over an extended period. It serves as a tribute for a distinguished individual who has demonstrated both leadership in a specialized field of study and high standards in the systematic and objective analysis of data that has led to a significant contribution to the body of knowledge.

Qualifications for the John Wiley & Sons Lifetime Research Achievement Award:

  • Nominee must be an ICHRIE member at the time of nomination and receipt of the award
  • An established record of high quality scholarly work published for a minimum of 15 years in refereed hospitality and/or non-hospitality academic journals
  • Must have at least 10 years of active research beyond the terminal degree
  • A research focus that clearly establishes the nominee as an authority/expert in the chosen field of research
  • Tenured faculty member with associate professor or full professor rank (or equivalent) at an institution of higher education.
  • Record of service as a mentor for graduate students or untenured faculty members
  • Must be a member of ICHRIE for 7 consecutive years prior to the nominations
  • A record of active participation in ICHRIE
  • Must be nominated by a past award recipient or internationally recognized research scholar in the field of hospitality/tourism
Past winners have included: Brent Ritchie, J. Chekitan Dev, Tom Baum, Denney G. Rutherford, Raymond Schmidgall, Mahmood Khan, Audrey C. McCool, Stephen J. Hiemstra, Abraham Pizam, Pamela Weaver, Kaye S. Chon, Arun Upneja, Hailin Qu, Cathy Hsu and Haiyan Song.

John Wiley & Sons Award for Innovation in Teaching

John Wiley & Sons Innovation in Teaching Award

The John Wiley & Sons Award for Innovation in Teaching 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.

Notes on the John Wiley & Sons Innovation in Teaching Award:

  • Nominee must be an ICHRIE member at the time of nomination and receipt of the award
  • Must hold a full time teaching position in the hospitality field with a reputable institution of higher education for a minimum of three years
  • Must carry a full teaching load consistent with the published policies of the home institution. Administrators with limited teaching responsibilities, part time faculty, adjunct faculty and graduate teaching assistants are not eligible for this award.
  • An ICHRIE member may receive this award more than once

Past award winners include: Audrey McCool, Sandra Kapoor, H.G. Parsa, Lynn Huffman, Janice Pratt, Joseph LaLopa, Lori Sipe, Denver Severt, Cynthia Deale, Ravi Pandit, Rai Shacklock, Cihan Cobanoglu, Linda Shea, Godwin-Charles Ogbeide

Bradford Wiley Memorial Best Paper of the Year Research Award

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.

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

  • Nominee must be an ICHRIE member at the time of nomination and receipt of the award
  • Paper must be nominated by a minimum of three ICHRIE members
  • Nominee must be the first author of the paper
  • Paper must have been published in a reputable hospitality/tourism journal or in a related field at the time of nomination. Reputable journals with online publication are acceptable
  • Nominees must submit a PDF copy of the nominated paper
  • Journal papers that have won an award with another organization or association are not eligible and will be disqualified
  • An ICHRIE member may be nominated and receive the award more than once

Past award winners include: Michael Lynn, John Bowen and Anthony Lucas; Joseph S. Chen; James R. Brown, Chekitan Dev, and Dong-Jin Lee; H.G. Parsa, Stowe Shoemaker, and John Bowen; Stowe Shoemaker and Robert C. Lewis; Haemoon Oh and Miyoung Jeong; Raymond T. Sparrowe and Pamela Popielarz; Stowe Shoemaker; Paula A. Francese; and Brian J. Mihalik and Thomas F. Powers; H.G. Parsa; Karthik Namasivayam; Haemoon Oh, Miyoung Jeong and Ann Marie Fiore.

McCool Breakthrough Award

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.

Qualifications for the McCool Breakthrough Award:

  • The event, activity, program paper must represent a noteworthy breakthrough or new way of doing things and demonstrate a significant improvement or change over regular operations.

Notes on the McCool Breakthrough Award:

  • Nominee must be an ICHRIE member at the time of nomination and receipt of the award.
  • The nominator will be asked to provide a written justification statement, using the criteria as a guide as to why the individual, group, program, school, association or corporation should receive the award.
  • An individual, group, program, school, association or corporation may be nominated and receive the award more than once for different events, activities, programs.

Industry Recognition Award

Industry Recognition Award

This special award is given to a hospitality and tourism industry professional and/or organization in recognition of a pattern of demonstrated commitment to advance hospitality and tourism education as a discipline.

Qualifications for the Industry Recognition Award:

  • Preference will be given to ICHRIE members/partners but persons, corporations, and organizations do not have to be ICHRIE members to be members to be nominated or receive the award
  • A person, corporation or organization may be nominated and receive the award more than once
  • The nominator may be asked by the Awards Committee to provide additional relevant information about the person they have nominated 

Past winners have included: Nina Madoo, Marriott International, Steve O'Connor, Marriott International; Bill Cohen, Haworth Press, Mary Jo Dolasinski, White Lodging Services; American Hotel & Lodging Foundation; Wendy Swedlove, Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council; Otmar Sorgenfrei, Nestle Gastronomia Foundation; John Wiley & Sons, Inc; Gilles Honneger, ACCOR; Robin Baliszewski, Prentice Hall Publishers; Van Nostrand Reinhold; Vince Feehan, Ecolab, Inc.; Phil T. Belanger, Holiday Inn Worldwide; and James Singerling, Club Managers' Association of America; Faye Gayes, The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute; Phillip Rossiter, Institute of Hospitality; and Phillip Charlton, Hospitality Training Association, Inc.

Raphael Kavanaugh Champion of Education Award

Raphael Kavanaugh Champion of Education Award

This unique award is given by the International CHRIE Board of Directors—upon special occasion—to honor a corporation, organization, or individual who has made a long standing commitment to, or shown a pattern of support for, special initiatives that advance the mission of ICHRIE.

Qualifications for the Raphael Kavanaugh Champion of Education Award:

  • Preference will be given to ICHRIE members/partners but persons, corporations, and organizations do not have to be ICHRIE members to be members to be nominated or receive the award.
  • A person, corporation or organization may be nominated and receive the award more than once.
  • The nominator may be asked by the Awards Committee to provide additional relevant information about the person, corporation or organization that they have nominated.

This award is given rarely—as you can see from the list of past winners: Gilles Honegger, J.W. Marriott, Jr., William P. Fisher, E. Ray Swan, Gilbert Valterio, Hank Cockerill, Michael Hurst, Tony Marshall, and Raphael Kavanaugh.

The Chef Herman Breithaupt Award

The Chef Herman Breithaupt Award

The Chef Herman Breithaupt Award honors the memory of a pioneer in culinary education by recognizing outstanding achievement and contributions to foodservice education by a chef/educator. The recipient of this award must exhibit high professionalism, demonstrate a strong commitment to hospitality education, and have a record of contributions to International CHRIE and the industry as a chef/educator.

Qualifications for The Chef Herman Breithaupt Award:

  • Nominee must be an International CHRIE member at the time of nomination and receipt of the award.
  • Nominee must be a Chef/educator who is a teacher or trainer is foodservice.

Notes on The Chef Herman Breithaupt Award:

An International CHRIE member may receive the award only once. It is given to a culinary specialist. The persons who have won the award over the past ten years include: Keith Mandabach, Robert Harrington, Mary Petersen, Margaret "Mokie" Steiskal, John Drysdale, John Antun, Ollie Sommer, Noel Cullen, Anne Jachim, Peter A. D'Souza, Jerald Chesser, Michael E. Zema, Charles E. Wilson, III, Angelo Camillo and William Nolan.

Nominate a Deserving Colleague

If you are interested in learning how to nominate a deserving colleague for one of these ICHRIE annual awards, please visit our page for nominating potential candidates.