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North East North American Federation


Jennifer Forney
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

A NENA Experience!

Last month our federation came together in New York for the HX Experience weekend! We started our time together on Sunday evening, as we hosted the NENA CHRIE Experience in New York at BEA. There were over 45 members that provided energy and enthusiasm for the evening. We even offered a signature tequila drink that featured Tanteo Tequila. It was nice to connect with friends and colleagues in our federation and other ICHRIE federations.

This year we changed things up a bit and featured guest speakers, Neil Grosscup, CEO and Master Blender of Tanteo Tequila and Alina Tizu, BEA General Manager.  They spoke about beverage management, the importance of vendor relationships, and how we need to prepare our students in the hospitality industry. Our re-occurring 50/50 raffle winner this year was Damien Duchamp.  The proceeds help to provide funding of the Promise Award scholarships on an annual basis.

On Monday morning, NYU hosted the annual NENA federation fall meeting and provided a delightful continental breakfast for over 20 members. Our Vice President, Theresa Lind, spearheaded the conversation about how we can better serve our members in ICHRIE and NENA. Be on the lookout for an opportunity to share your input as Theresa and the members of the strategic planning committee ask for your feedback. Our Immediate Past President, Suzanne Bagnera, and the rest of the Nomination Committee announced that the 2020 slate is complete and approved and voting will be open soon.  Please consider getting involved if you interested in future leadership roles. Our board is also encouraging members to get involved and join the committees!

We officially announced that West Virginia University will be hosting our annual regional spring conference on March 27-29 2020. The conference committee, led by Lauren McCulligan, has been working diligently since the summer to bring you an eventful weekend. Our Director of Research, Gilpatrick Hornsby, has a call out for reviewers and the call for proposals has been officially opened with submissions due by January 6, 2020.  Due to the success during last year’s conference we are keeping all submission tracks; posters, stand-up presentations, and rapid research.  Be on the lookout for a conference registration link so we can get “wild and wonderful” in West Virginia and explore the diverse world of hospitality.  Conference registration is officially open.  Please follow us on social media to receive federation updates!

Happy Holidays,
Jennifer Forney


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