CEO's Message

Time to Celebrate

We are at the start of an exciting year in the history of ICHRIE! This year we mark the 70th anniversary of our beloved organization. The organization we now know as the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) was formed in 1946 through the efforts of a group of dedicated hospitality professionals comprised of individuals from academia, the American Hotel Association, the National Restaurant Association and the U.S. Office of Education.

ICHRIE member, Bob Bosselman (Iowa State), has long held the moniker of “ICHRIE historian” and many years ago published an article entitled “Foundations of a Professional Organization: The Birth of CHRIE.” I urge every member to read his article available on the ICHRIE website at to learn how CHRIE was conceived and created.

Seventy years ago the world was a very different reality and the formation of CHRIE occurred during a year when many other historic and international events took place:

Jan 1st
ENIAC, US 1st computer finished by Mauchly/Eckert

Jan 10th
UN General Assembly meets for 1st time (London)

Jan 17th
United Nations Security Council holds its 1st meeting

Jan 22nd
US president sets up CIA, Central Intelligence Agency

Feb 16th
1st commercially designed helicopter tested, Bridgeport, Connecticut

Mar 5th
Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech Apr 1st - Weight Watchers forms

Apr 27th
1st radar installed aboard a commercial ship

May 7th
Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering (later renamed Sony) is founded with around 20 employees.

May 22nd
First US rocket (WAC Corporal) to reach edge of space fired from White Sands Missile Range New Mexico

Jun 14th
Canadian Library Association established

Jun 17th
SW Bell inaugurates mobile telephone commercial service, St. Louis, Missouri

Jul 4th
Philippines gains independence from US

Jul 5th
Louis Reard’s bikini swimsuit design debuts at Paris fashion show

Jul 21st
Jesus T Pinerol becomes 1st native born Puerto Rican governor

Aug 1st US President Harry Truman establishes Atomic Energy Commission (AEC)

Sep 11th
1st mobile long-distance car-to-car telephone conversation

Sep 20th
Churchill argues for a ‘United States of Europe’

Oct 5th
1st Cannes Film Festival ends

Oct 28th
German rocket engineers begin work in USSR

Nov 4th
UN Educational, Scientific, & Cultural Organization formed

Nov 13th
First artificial snow produced from a natural cloud, Mt. Greylock, Massachusetts

Nov 25-27
First meeting of the Council on Hotel and Restaurant Education, Chicago, Illinois

Dec 11th
UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) established (Nobel 1965)

Dec 26th
Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas opens (start of an era)

Dec 31s
Pres Harry Truman officially proclaims end of WWII

We’re currently developing plans to celebrate our 70th anniversary and will unveil a special logo in the coming weeks. We most definitely will celebrate during our annual summer conference July 20-22 in Grapevine, Texas USA and I hope you will make plans to join us. In a world filled today with many negative announcements,it’s nice to mark this time of celebration.


Kathy McCarty

Chief Executive Officer