Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are organized to provide ICHRIE members the opportunity to share information and research related to a particular aspect of hospitality and tourism education.

All ICHRIE members in good standing who are interested in participating in one of the groups are encouraged to participate. SIGs usually meet at the International Hotel/Motel and Restaurant Show in New York and the National Restaurant Show in Chicago, based on need and interest, as well as participating in events at the annual ICHRIE conference in the summer.

If you would like to learn more about one or more SIGs, please contact the Chair(s) of the Special Interest Group(s) listed below by clicking on the box(es) of the SIG(s) you are most interested in.

**Note: Members of International CHRIE are eligible to join any SIG for free.

SIG Chairs

Club Management

Clayton Barrows
University of New Hampshire
McConnell Hall, 15 College Road
Durham, New Hampshire USA 03824

Cruise Management

Fred DeMicco
University of Delaware
Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management
116 Raubhall, 14 West Main Street
Neward, Delaware USA 19716

Vinnie Rege

Howard Community College
Hospitality Management
DH 342, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, Maryland USA 21044

Culinary Arts


Distance Learning


Environmental Hospitality Issues

 Nancy Scanlon
 Florida International University
3000 N.E. 151 Street, HM210
North Miami, Florida USA 33181

Experiential Education

Jack Samuels
Montclair State University
Department HPPERLS
Normal Avenue
Upper Montclair, New Jersey USA 07866

Facilities Management

Dina Marie V. Zemke
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Box 456021
Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-6021 USA

Graduate Programs

Eliza Ching-Yick Tse
University of Missouri
Hospitality Management Program
Room 118, Eckles Hall
Columbia, Missouri 65211

Historically & Predominantly Black Colleges & Universities

Ivan B. Turnipseed
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
1837 University Circle
P.O. Box 200
Cheyney, Pennsylvania USA 19319-0200

Hospitality Financial Management

Raymond S. Schmidgall
Michigan State University
240 Eppley Center
East Lansing, Michigan USA 48824

Hospitality Industry Professionals (HIP)

Brooke Luedke
Hyatt Hotels and Resorts
P.O.Box 57275
Sherman Oaks, California USA 91413

Hospitality Information Technology Professionals

Mehmet Erdem
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 Maryland Parkway
Box 456021
Las Vegas, Nevada USA 89154

Hospitality Programs in Business Colleges (HpBC)

Cliff Whithem
Stockton University
101 Vera King Farris Drive
Galloway, New Jersey USA 08205

Hospitality Sales & Marketing

Richard McNeill
Northern Arizona University
PO Box 5638
Flagstaff, Arizona USA 86011

Human Resources

SeongHee Cho
University of Missouri, Columbia

122 Eckles Hall
Columbia, Missouri USA 65211


William D. Frye
Niagara University
404 St. Vincent's Hall
Niagara University, New York USA 14109-2012

Meetings, Events, Exhibitions and Convention Management

George G. Fenich
East Carolina University
310 Rivers Building
Greenville, North Carolina USA 27858

Lisa Thomas
DePaul University
14 E. Jackson Blvd
Chicago, Illinois USA 60604


H.G. Parsa
University of Central Florida
9907 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, Florida USA 32819

Revenue Management

Zvi Schwartz
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
356 Wallace Hall (0429)
Blacksburg, Virginia 24601 USA

Service Learning

Diane Withrow
Cape Fear Community College
411 N. Front Street
Wilmington, North Carolina 28401 USA

Service Management

David Solnet
University of Queensland
29 Goolman Street
Chapel Hill, Queensland 4069

School-to-Career Tech Prep


Travel & Tourism

Robert McMullin
East Stroudsburg University
200 Prospect Street
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania USA 18301



  • Club Management
  • Cruise Management
  • Culinary Arts
  • Distance Learning
  • Environmental Issues
  • Experiential Education
  • Facilities Management
  • Graduate Programs
  • Historically Black Schools
  • Hospitality Industry Professionals
  • Hospitality IT Professionals
  • Hospitality Financial Management
  • Hospitality Marketing & Sales
  • Hospitality Programs in Business Colleges
  • Human Resources
  • International Relations
  • Lodging
  • Managed Services
  • Meetings Management
  • Quality & Ethics
  • Research
  • Revenue Management
  • Service Learning
  • Service Management
  • School-To-Career Tech Prep
  • Travel & Tourism