West Federation

Update from the West Federation

Hello Everyone! Welcome to my first article as the President of the West Federation! I am excited for this opportunity to serve our members, and look forward to all that the year will bring. I’m also excited to work with our wonderful board members and make the West Federation the best it can be. Please, let me introduce you to our board:

Vice President
Michael Wray from Metropolitan State University

Scott Smith from Johnson & Wales University, Denver

Immediate Past President
Lee Blecher from Long Beach State University

Toni Repetti from University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Director of Membership
Gary Dusek from Nova Southeastern University

Director of Marketing
Ken Edwards from HMOnline/HMBookstore

Director of Network
Patrick Lee from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Director of Research
Billy Bai from University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Director of Industry Relations
Michael Collins from University of San Francisco

Director of Education
Karen Xie from University of Denver

Thank you to all of you for your service and commitment to ICHRIE.

I am pleased to announce that the West Federation Regional Conference will be held in Denver, Colorado on Feb 5 & 6, 2016. Going back to the home of the original West CHRIE regional conference at Metropolitan State University promises to be fun. Johnson & Wales University, Denver has signed on as a co-host of the conference, with all Saturday activities taking place on their campus. Keynote speakers are confirmed, and the call for proposals (proposals are due November, 20, 2015) is available on the Metropolitan State University (http://www.msudenver.edu/hospitality/resources/westfederationchrie/).

Every year we are breaking previous attendance records, and plan to do so again this year. So, come visit us in Denver, from wherever you are! All are invited to attend. And don’t fear the weather in February in Denver, it’s really not that bad with average highs of 49, and less than an inch of precipitation for the month (knock on wood!), on average. Or, take advantage of the mountains and spend the day skiing in the fabulous Rockies after the conference is over. I look forward to seeing you there.


Michelle Millar
is President of the West Federation. Email Michelle.