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Jean Hertzman
New Mexico State University

Congratulations and Thank You


I am writing this just after the conclusion of our West Federation CHRIE Conference at the Collins College of Hotel Management at California State University Polytechnic, Pomona. As expected it was an incredible event, full of education, professional development, networking, and marvelous food and beverage. 

The staff, faculty, and students of the Collins College were the essence of hospitality and professionalism. They answered every little special request with a smile and a can-do attitude. In particular, Dean Lea Dopson and Eric Sepulveda, Chitra Perera, Lesley Butler, and Diane Garcia spent countless hours coordinating the website, registration, keynote speakers, lodging, the meals, social activities, and every other aspect of the logistics for it. Associate Dean Michael Godfrey and Margie Jones facilitated the keynote presentation. The F&B faculty, Chef Sheree Mooney, Chef Ashley Kramer, Kenneth Dokko and Jason Zhang supervised the students who prepared and served all the meals. Dr. Jamie Sun’s meetings and events class ran the registration table, served as moderators, and escorted us to all the sessions. That’s just to name a few of the people there who made the conference such a success. 

We are very proud to announce our award and scholarship winners for the conference. Director of Research, SaeHya Ann did an incredible job leading the proposal review process, and we really appreciate everyone that reviewed submissions and presented. Congratulations go to: 


Best Applied Research Presentation Proposal

The Role of Employee Reviews and Pay on Job-Seeking Perceptions and Intentions

Timothy Self, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Laura Book, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Sarah Tanford, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Best Education/Pedagogy Presentation Proposal

Passion and Grit – At the Heart of Students’ Career Adaptability

Ning-Kuang Chuang, Kent State University; Patrick Lee, California State Polytechnic University Pomona; Sungsik Yoon, California State Polytechnic University Pomona


Most Innovative Proposal

Placing women in the hospitality workforce: An exploratory sequential mixed methods approach to within-gender professional identity construction

Sandra Sun-Ah Ponting, San Diego State University; Nikki Gonzales, San Diego State University


Best Proposal Reviewer

Cass Shum, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


We also award two $500 conference scholarships each year. Director of Education, Britt Mathwich conducted the scholarship application and review process with great efficiency and professionalism. The winners were:


Student Scholarship

Jaimi Garlington, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Faculty Scholarship

Xi Leung, University of North Texas


Finally, I would also like to thank our sponsors. The Collins College of Hospitality Management provided tremendous financial support in addition to their hard work. We really appreciate the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at University of

Houston for sponsoring the award checks and plaques. HM Bookstores and Ecolab continue to be tremendous supporters of our federation. Our newest sponsor is EthicsGame and we welcomed Jeannine Niacaris to her first West Federation CHRIE conference. The Los Angeles International Wine Competition provided the wonderful wines for the reception and poster session.


Next up for West Federation CHRIE is taking nominations and conducting elections for several board positions: Vice-President, Secretary, Director of Research, Director of Education, Director of Membership, and Director of Networking. We are also looking forward to welcoming all of our colleagues to the ICHRIE Conference in Phoenix this summer.



Jean Hertzman, Ph.D., CCE, CSW

West Federation CHRIE President


Federation Overview
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Call for Proposals
Conference Scholarship Information



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