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


Culinary Arts


Distance Learning


Environmental Hospitality Issues

Tim Stein
Johnson & Wales University
7150 Montview Blvd
Denver, Colorado USA 80220
Telephone: 01 (303) 256-9303

Experiential Education

Jack Samuels
Montclair State University
Department HPPERLS
Normal Avenue
Upper Montclair, New Jersey USA 07866
Telephone: 01 (973) 655-7073

Facilities Management

Dina Marie V. Zemke
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
William F. Harrah College of Hotel Management
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Box 456021
Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-6021 USA
Telephone: 01 (702) 895-4844

Graduate Programs

Eliza Ching-Yick Tse
University of Missouri
Hospitality Management Program Room 118, Eckles Hall
Columbia, Missouri 65211
Telephone: 01 (573) 882 4100

Historically & Predominantly Black Colleges & Universities

Deanne Williams
Virginia State University
Hospitality Management Program
Department of Human Ecology
P.O. Box 9211
Petersburg, Virginia USA 23806
Telephone: 01 (804) 524-6753
FAX: 01 (804) 524-6843

Hospitality Financial Management

Raymond S. Schmidgall
Michigan State University
The School of Hospitality Business
240 Eppley Center
East Lansing, Michigan USA 48824
Telephone: 01 (517) 353-9211
FAX: 01 (517) 432-1170

Hospitality Industry Professionals (HIP)

Alan Tuttle
Marriott International
2105 Brassel Court
O'Fallon, Missouri USA 63368
Telephone: 01 (636) 410-5457

Hospitality Information Technology Professionals

Mehmet Erdem
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration
4505 Maryland Parkway
Box 456021
Las Vegas, Nevada USA 89154
Telephone: 01 (702) 895-5811

Hospitality Sales & Marketing

Richard McNeill
Northern Arizona University
School of Hotel & Restaurant Management
PO Box 5638
Flagstaff, Arizona USA 86011
Telephone: 01 (928) 523-1713
FAX: 01 (928) 523-1711

Human Resources

SeongHee Cho
University of Missouri, Columbia

122 Eckles Hall
Columbia, Missouri USA 65211
Telephone: 01 (573) 882-0563
FAX: 01 (716) 286-8277
Email: choseo@missouri.edu


William D. Frye
Niagara University
College of Hospitality and Tourism Management
404 St. Vincent's Hall
Niagara University, New York USA 14109-2012
Telephone: 01 (716) 286-8274
FAX: 01 (716) 286-8277

Meetings, Events, Exhibitions and Convention Management

George G. Fenich, Ph.D.
East Carolina University
Department of Hospitality Management
310 Rivers Building
Greenville, North Carolina USA 27858
Telephone: 01 (252) 328-2190


H.G. Parsa
Foodservice & Lodging Management
University of Central Florida
Hospitality Management
Rosen College of Hospitality Management
9907 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, Florida USA 32819
Telephone: 01 (407) 903-8048
FAX: 01 (407) 903-8105

Revenue Management

Zvi Schwartz
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Pamplin School of Business
356 Wallace Hall (0429)
Blacksburg, Virginia 24601 USA
Telephone: 01 (540) 231-3287

Service Learning

Diane Withrow
Cape Fear Community College
Hotel Restaurant Management
411 N. Front Street
Wilmington, North Carolina 28401 USA
Telephone: 01 (910) 362-7072

Lisa Thomas
Iowa State University
7W MacKay Hall
Ames, Iowa 50010 USA
Telephone: 01 (312) 208-5488

Service Management

David Solnet
University of Queensland
Tourism and Leisure Management
29 Goolman Street
Chapel Hill, Queensland 4069
Telephone: 61 7 1182 875

School-to-Career Tech Prep


Travel & Tourism

Robert McMullin
East Stroudsburg University
Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management
200 Prospect Street
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania USA 18301
Telephone: 01 (570) 422-3290