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Jean Hertzman
New Mexico State University

Greetings from West Federation CHRIE

First of all, thank you to everyone that made the ICHRIE Conference in New Orleans such a great success. My favorite parts were the expanded industry sessions and the new Campfire education talks. West Federation CHRIE members received several awards.

  • Dennis Reynolds, University of Houston - Howard B. Meek Award, the highest individual recognition for lifetime contributions to hospitality education.
  • Galen Collins, Northern Arizona - John Wiley & Sons Award for Innovation in Teaching. Texas Tech
  • The teams of Danny Choi, Tim Kelley, Barent McCool, and Michael Doyle from Texas Tech University and Xi Leung from University of North Texas and Billy Bai from- UNLV - Conference Best Paper awards.
  • Hyounae Min from Cal Poly Pomona and Hyung Jeong Kim from Washington State University – ICHRIE Research Reports Competition Winners.

It is truly my honor to be starting my second term as president of West Federation CHRIE. After my terms as president and immediate past president were over, I was asked to continue to be a board member. Which was fine with me because I can’t imagine my life without being a part of it.  I have learned so much from attending conferences, presenting in multiple formats, and writing and reviewing for conferences and the ICHRIE journals. I have met the majority of people that I consider my best colleagues and friends through it. It is such a thrill to go to conferences, reconnect with friends and all my former students that are now leaders in hospitality education, and to meet all the newcomers who that will help bring us into the future.

I believe strongly in the importance of West Federation CHRIE and ICHRIE. I want to continually strive to serve our members, provide meaningful educational and networking experiences, improve the organization, and contribute to the success and growth of the hospitality and tourism industry. The West Federation covers a large area but has a very active and interested group of members. Our current Board of Directors consists of:

  • Immediate Past President – Matthew Stone, California State University, Chico
  • Vice-President – Priyanko Guchait, University of Houston
  • Secretary – Susan Roe, San Francisco State University
  • Treasurer – Shane Blum, Texas Tech University
  • Director of Research – Saehya Ann, California State University, East Bay
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​Director of Networking – Linchi Kwok, California Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • ​​​​​​​Director of Education – Britt Mattwich, Colorado Mesa University
  • Director of Industry Services – Ken Edwards, TriStar Hotels and HM Bookstore
  • ​​​​​​​Director of Member Services – Michael Wray, Metro State University, Denver

Last year we had our annual conference in Sonoma, California hosted by California State University, East Bay. Many kudos to Conference Director, Tom Padron for everything he did to ensure that we truly experienced “Education in the Vines”. There were fantastic presentations, industry speakers, meals, plenty of time for networking, and of course, some fabulous wines. Tom even had an informal reception at his house. That’s just the type of hospitality we are known for in West Federation CHRIE.

The 2020 conference will be February 6 - 8 in Pomona, California hosted by the Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona. The theme is “A Call to Action: A Commitment to Success”. Lea Dopson and her staff and faculty are already at work to make sure we have an amazing conference. We will have sessions and meals at the college and the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch, as well as an evening excursion to Downtown Disney. There will be room blocks at brand new Doubletree and La Quinta hotels nearby. Be on the lookout for the Call for Papers with information on our conference awards, scholarships, and all the conference arrangements. The presentation submissions will be due Sunday, October 6. By the way, this is open to all ICHRIE members, not just those from our Federation. The more, the better!  

We always have opportunities to join the board, assist with conference reviews and activities, and help with special projects. Please contact me at any time if you have questions or feedback. I am here to serve!


Jean Hertzman, Ph.D., CCE, CSW
Director & Professor
School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
New Mexico State University
West Federation CHRIE President+


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