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For the office of Vice President

Ralf Burbach
Head, Hospitality Management Discipline
Assistant Head, School of Hospitality Management & Tourism
Technological University Dublin

Dr Ralf Burbach has been the Head of the Hospitality Management Discipline and Assistant Head of the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, Technological University Dublin (Ireland) for the past nine years. He has worked in a number of lecturing and senior management roles in different higher education institutions since 2001. Ralf has thirteen years professional hospitality industry experience and held managerial posts in Germany, the UK and Ireland. Ralf is a member of the Irish Hospitality Institute, board member of the Irish Hospitality Trust, Chartered Member of the CIPD, member of the national Hospitality Careers Oversight Group, Past President of EuroCHRIE, area consultant for Ireland and current Director of Networking at ICHRIE.

As President of EuroCHRIE, Ralf spearheaded a number of key developments in the federation, including organising the highly successful EuroCHRIE 2018 conference in Dublin and co-hosting the historical first joint conference in Hong Kong with APacCHRIE (752 attendees); launching of the small group meeting initiative and instigating the redevelopment of the federation website . His main research interests are in electronic HRM, International Talent Management and vocational training systems.

Platform Statement
Creating a Truly INTERNATIONAL CHRIE for All
My name is Dr Ralf Burbach (Director of Networking @ICHRIE). I am seeking your support in becoming your next Vice President.

I am privileged to have been part of the ICHRIE family for some time, including Area Consultant, Director of Education, VP, President, IPP of EuroCHRIE. The Zoom Around the World initiative, which I had the pleasure to organize with some amazing colleagues, highlighted the great pride and dedication you have for ICHRIE. We must build on these values to transform our organization to better serve you, our membership, to create a far superior value proposition and, thus, to ensure the long-term sustainability of ICHRIE beyond our 75th anniversary.

My overarching goal as VP will be to establish ICHRIE as a truly international organization that gives a voice to all of its members and federations across the globe.

Those whom I have had the pleasure to meet, will know that I am a people person and I genuinely believe that only together, as a global hospitality educators organization, can we succeed in the face of adversity and overcome the many challenges we face but also capitalize on the many opportunities we have.

Candidate Video

Stephanie Hein
Department Head
Missouri State University

Dr. Stephanie Hein has been a member of Missouri State University’s Department of Hospitality Leadership faculty since 2003, and has served in the Department Head role since 2014. She holds the Certified Hospitality Educator and has research interests in the areas of curriculum development, student recruitment and learning, hospitality financial analysis, food service operations, and academic-industry collaborations.

Stephanie is actively engaged in professional and community associations. She has held key leadership positions with the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA), the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau Board, the Association of Hospitality Financial Management Education Board, and more importantly ICHRIE.

Since joining ICHRIE, Stephanie has held elected positions as a Central Federation Director of Membership and two-terms as the ICHRIE Treasurer. During her term as Treasurer, she led efforts to form ICHRIE’s Financial Investment Committee, which established the organization’s investment portfolio.

Stephanie enjoys working with fellow members to help move ICHRIE forward. She has served as a chair for ICHRIE’s Leadership Academy, Future Fund, and Finance Committee. Most recently, she served on the ICHRIE Budget Task Force and Strategic Planning Committee, where she helped the organization navigate its current financial position while planning for the future.

Platform Statement
ICHRIE is at an interesting, yet exciting crossroad. Decisions made over the next few years will shape ICHRIE for years to come. I see tremendous possibilities for our organization. First, and foremost, we have an opportunity and a responsibility to enhance the value delivered to our members. This should guide everything we do.

Recently, I had the good fortunate to participate in the strategic planning process with fellow ICHRIE colleagues. This process reaffirmed how much our members truly care about ICHRIE. I am excited to bring the plan’s action items to fruition.

Joining ICHRIE’s leadership team is not about advancing a singular agenda, rather it is an opportunity to advance key initiatives valued by our members. We have phenomenal possibilities in our identified growth areas: Member Services, Teaching & Learning, Research, and Organizational Culture. It will take hard work, commitment, and a team effort to develop each area. Those who have worked with me know I am quite comfortable doing what is needed to get the job done.

Given recent events, I have greater appreciation for my professional relationships and connections formed through ICHRIE. It is important that future generations of hospitality educators develop similar connections for years to come.

Candidate Video

For the Secretary

Tim Flohr
Program Manager
Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management
The University of Memphis

Tim Flohr, MBA, PMP, CFBE, is Program Manager at The University of Memphis’ Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management. In his role, Flohr oversees the Kemmons Wilson Culinary Institute, one of the region’s largest culinary arts schools. Flohr has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the foodservice industry and project management throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and New York City. In 2011, he transitioned to academia as the Director of Operations for Drexel University’s Hospitality and Culinary Arts program.

Flohr received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware’s Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management Program in 1997 and he earned his MBA, with a concentration in Business Analytics, from Drexel University in 2015. He is currently pursuing his EdD in Higher Education at the University of Memphis. In addition to his academic credentials, Flohr attained his PMP® (Project Management Professional) certification from the Project Management Institute in 2014 and his CFBE® (Certified Food and Beverage Executive) certification from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute in 2012.

Flohr currently holds active memberships and/or serves on committees in numerous professional organizations including the Memphis Restaurant Association, Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association, Project Management Institute, Professional Convention Management Association, National Association of Colleges and Employers, International Council for Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education, and the Cooperative Education and Internship Association. Flohr serves on the Board of Governors for Eta Sigma Delta, the national honor society for travel and tourism, while serving as the Faculty Advisor for The University of Memphis’ chapter.
Flohr enjoys reading, participating in martial arts, and volunteering for the Girl Scouts Heart of the South, where he is a proud member of the Man Enough Network (Girl Scout Dads). As a nationally certified radKIDS® instructor, he also helped launch the “One Tough Cookie” initiative in 2019. In this program, he teaches a revolutionary self-empowerment program, anti-bullying, and abduction-awareness program.

Platform Statement
It is a great honor and privilege to be nominated for the position of Secretary for the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) Board of Directors. Having served as both the Director of Networking for the SECSA Federation of ICHRIE the Secretary on the Board of Governors for Eta Sigma Delta, I will continue to be an advocate for ICHRIE’s mission, vision, and values. Throughout my 25 years of leadership in both industry and academia, I have taken great interest in serving others in both a personal and a professional development capacity.

As ICHRIE is in a period of transition and dealing with a pandemic, I believe that my experience and resilience will provide a steadfast position on the board. I will hold myself accountable to the needs of the of the organization as a whole and I promise to always look out for the good of our members and the health of our association.

If elected as your Secretary, I am confident that my organizational skills and candid and clear communication style will help me to effectively represent and serve all of the members of ICHRIE.

Candidate Video

Tassie Pippert
James Madison University

Tassie Pippert is a faculty member in the Hart School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Her areas of teaching expertise include culinary arts and menu management, food and beverage planning and analysis, leadership, and wine studies. Tassie is a member of the board of Directors for VPM, a Virginia PBS conglomerate, and Blue Ridge Community College. She is a frequent speaker for activities involving Virginia wine production, sales, and marketing, and she hosts a PBS show featuring regional and international wine pairings and assessments.

Mrs. Pippert is a member of the ICHRIE Membership Committee and the ICHRIE Nominating Committee and has served as the Secretary for the ICHRIE NENA Federation. Tassie is active in the Beverage Management SIG and she chairs to young but soon-to-be strong Culinary Arts SIG. She has presented workshops focused on technology for several years at ICHRIE Summer Conferences and often presents workshops on technology for the faculty and staff of James Madison University.

Tassie has taught beverage management in the US, France, and Italy. She is a native of Virginia and is actively involved in ICHRIE, JMU, and her local community.

Platform Statement
As a faculty member of the Hart School at James Madison University, I have had the privilege of being involved in ICHRIE at many levels. I have served as a member-at-large for both the Membership Committees and the Nominating Committee. Through the work on these committees I have heard conversations that have made me more determined to do all I can for ICHRIE. Additionally, I served as the Secretary for the NENA Federation and have been actively involved in Special Interest Groups.

The primary duties of the Secretary are to record and report. As your Secretary, I promise to be diligent in taking meeting minutes and in providing communications, within my scope of office, that will keep members up to date and aware of what their organization represents. Additionally, the Secretary serves as the holder of the by-laws and the keeper of history. Having served as President, Committee Chair-Person, and Secretary of several organizations, I have a strong understanding of Roberts Rules of Order and the role by-laws serve in an organization.

Members of ICHRIE value inclusion, collegial association, creativity, ethics, and progressive action all designed to improve global hospitality and tourism education and research. These values mirror my own but I would add that I value relationships, collaboration, and open communication. I also value planning and would greatly encourage the board to share the development of goals and objectives for the new strategic plan with the full membership. Inclusivity in this process will best represent current strengths and changes needed within the organization and will create buy-in for the plan.

I have a wonderful support system within the Hart School dedicated to providing me the time and space to complete all tasks assigned to this position. I am extremely organized and am used to switching hats according to what I am doing at the moment. This has served me well in the past and I know this skill will help in the role as your secretary.

I would greatly appreciate your vote of support for my candidacy.

Candidate Video

For the position of Director of Education

Eric Olson
Associate Professor & Program Director, Event Management Program
Event Management Director of Graduate Education
Department of Apparel, Events and Hospitality Management
Iowa State University

Dr. Eric D. Olson is currently an Associate Professor, Program Director for the Event Management Program, and Event Management Director of Graduate Education in the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management at Iowa State University (ISU) and is currently the Director of Industry Relations with Central Federation.

He received his doctorate from University of Central Florida and has published 20+ articles in journals such as Tourism Management and Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Education. Dr. Olson has presented at 40+ conferences, including International CHRIE, EuroCHRIE, Asia Pacific CHRIE, and Central Federation. Dr. Olson’s research interests are in LGBT+ tourism and events and scholarship of teaching. In 2020, Dr. Olson received 2nd Place in the Johnson & Wales Case Study Competition with Ashley Snyder (ISU).

Dr. Olson is an expert in team-based learning in his undergraduate courses. Dr. Olson also utilizes experiential class experiences in his classes, including client pitches contests, event production, and toolkits. At ISU, Dr. Olson has mentored a variety of students, including undergraduate honors’ projects, masters’ thesis and creative components, and doctoral dissertations. Dr. Olson led efforts to commence an online Masters in Event Management, one of the first graduate programs in event management.

Platform Statement
I have consulted with a few current members of ICHRIE as well as the position description for this response. If elected as the ICHRIE Director of Education, I would be honored to work on the following initiatives related to education:

  1. Continue work on special issues of CHRIE Communiqué newsletter devoted to hospitality, tourism, and event education;
  2. Work with ICHRIE board to secure funding from an outside educator company/organizer to create an endowed ICHRIE association position and/or funding to support education initiatives and research projects;
  3. Partner with industry and education experts to produce special content webinars as it relates to topics of education, including current theoretical topics of education, such as experiential learning, team-based learning, active pedagogy, virtual education, and other topics related to education;
  4. Create a forum/workshop/symposium for graduate students as future educators at the Annual ICHRIE Conference;
  5. Create a forum/workshop/seminar/symposium for advanced educational pedagogies at the Annual International ICHRIE Conference; and
  6. Ensure ICHRIE is the leading education association as it relates to education issues related to diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.

Candidate Video

Donald Schoffstall
Associate Professor
Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte

I am currently an associate professor at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte within the College of Hospitality Management. Along with my wife (Heidi) and my mom (Pattie), I have called Charlotte home for 8 years now. I taught previously for East Carolina University (online) and for Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts (formerly PA Culinary) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I earned my Ph.D. in Hospitality Management from Iowa State University in 2013 and an Education Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) from Liberty University in 2011. I have a diverse background mainly in the restaurant segment of the hospitality industry, in various locally owned and nationally owned chain restaurants and other establishments over the span of 13 years. Additionally, I hold certifications from the American Culinary Federation, American Hotel & Lodging Association, National Restaurant Association, and multiple from both the Society of Wine Educators and the Wine & Spirits Educational Trust.

As, mentioned above, I hold an EdS in Curriculum and Instruction and a partial educational-related (other half is management) MS in Instructional Leadership. To-date, I have 18 academic publications with many diverse coauthors, the majority of which deal with a hospitality educational topics. In 2020, I created and co-developed a Facebook network for hospitality and tourism educators (Hospitality & Tourism Educators Sharing ideas).

ICHRIE Service
My membership in ICHRIE began in 2008 as a member of NENA before relocating south to Charlotte. I have been an active member of SECSA since 2013, serving as president (2014-2017), as immediate past-president (2017-2018), and more recently as an advisor to the SECSA Presidents (2018-present). With my role as SECSA President, I also served on the ICHRIE Board of Directors assisting on policies for improvement and creating stability in federations. My work also included the development of our SECSA annual conferences. More recently (beginning in 2017), I serve as chair for the Scientific Paper Review Committee (SPRC), who works to solicit, review, and accept conference papers and posters. In 2015 and 2016, I served as a co-track chair for hospitality education on the SPRC.

Platform Statement
First, I am honored to be nominated for the 2021-2023 Director of Education, by two close friends and research colleagues Eric Brown, Assoc. Professor at Iowa State University and Miranda Kitterlin, Assoc. Professor at Florida International University. As mentioned in my bio, I have been privileged and continue to be excited to serve ICHRIE and all of its members for the past 8 years in a number of roles (SESCA and with SPRC). My commitment to ICHRIE and all of the members will not hinder but continue to grow and expand if elected as Director of Education. My educational and professional, along with research, background is highly suitable for a director of education role, to blend the often-seen gaps between education and research.

My commitment to you (our ICHRIE members) if elected, is to serve each of you so that we may continue to grow ICHRIE into the best-known resource for hospitality and tourism education. This can take on multiple ideas/areas, so to include a few:

  1. provide all members with educational learning and development opportunities,
  2. work to bridge the hidden (or not so hidden) gaps between 2-year, 4-year, and graduate faculty/programs,
  3. promote quality curricular-related ideas and the sharing of resources
    a. newsletters
    b. federation resources by working with federation directors of education
    c. valuable professional development opportunities at all ICHRIE-related conferences

Regardless of our roles, we all have an interest to continue to grow and expand this field for all, mostly the students in programs worldwide.


Chris Woodruff

Program Chair & Faculty Professor
Lake Michigan College

Chris serves as the Program Chair and Faculty professor of the Hospitality Management program at Lake Michigan College. In this role is responsible for cultivating meaningful relations with community, industry and students to strengthen and grow the Hospitality industry in SW Michigan. Chris is an established author, presenter, and educator. He has written many textbook chapters on Guest Service, and Casino Management. He also is currently one of six authors preparing the new updated edition of the AH&LEI HTMP secondary curriculum and served as a judge for the 2020 Florida HTMP competition. Chris is a Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) and serves on the NRA Advisory Board. In his current role, Chris is focused on education for a variety of audiences a great amount of the time. Regardless if I am educating college students ready for a career in Hospitality, or High School students still weighing all their options, current industry professionals seeking certifications, or training, or any other group, making sure they get value from my work is most important to me.

B.S., Hospitality & Tourism Management, Grand Valley State University
M.S., Hotel and Restaurant Management, Eastern Michigan University
Ph.D classes, Hospitality Administration, Oklahoma State University

Platform Statement
Aloha! My name is Chris Woodruff, and I am proudly running for the Director of Education position with ICHRIE. I am honored to have been nominated for this position and would like to thank many longtime friends and fellow ICHRIE members for their support and confidence in considering me for the ICHRIE board. I have been a member of ICHRIE since 1999, my first year in grad school at Eastern Michigan University. I have previously served on the Board of CentralCHRIE, serving as President for three terms, currently serving as IPP, as well as CentralCHRIE Secretary, and was a founding member of the Michigan CHRIE chapter. Throughout my time as an educator, I have had the opportunity to meet many great fellow educators who have differing educational needs. I have in many ways been preparing for this position since 1999. I have had a passion for ICHRIE ever since, and to this day consider my ICHRIE membership a great return on investment, and an important part of my educational successes. As such, I feel I have a great pulse for many different groups of educators who ICHRIE serves, including high school educators, 2- and 4-year educators as well as industry partners. On a daily basis I am talking with students, other educators, and industry owners and operators seeking feedback from them on their ever-changing needs.

I see the Director of Education much like this. One part of the directorship is providing timely, relevant, informational educational opportunities for our members, and showing potential members all the value-added professional development an ICHRIE membership would provide, and encourage them to become CHRIE members. And the other part is constantly communicating with current members to get their feedback on how we can make ICHRIE even better for them in this ever-changing world of Hospitality education. With my long-time membership in ICHRIE, and with varying reasons for joining CHRIE initially as a graduate student, then as an educator, and with my many years in industry, I know I can talk with any member or potential member, identify topics of educational need, and develop ways to offer these opportunities to ICHRIE members, whatever their needs might be.

I have a vision of how we can provide educational opportunities for ICHRIE members at the Global level, Federation level, and the state and even more local level to offer timely educational events for all ICHRIE members who may have vastly different needs. I was a co-founder of CentralCHRIE’s successful ZoomIn! educational sessions, and have enhanced my skills of how to determine most needed educational opportunities, and how to discover great people to teach those sessions. I know these are unprecedented times in the world, and in Hospitality education. Another part of my vision is working with the ICHRIE ESD chapters to make sure current industry needs are being met by our amazing students we are sending out into industry, and identifying ways we can grow an even stronger partnership with current Hospitality industry leaders. These are challenging times for our industry, and I truly believe providing education to all involved is the best way to weather the storm and prepare for the brighter times ahead.

I take the opportunity to serve on the ICHRIE board member very seriously, and if elected I promise to serve the educational needs of our members with diligence, passion, and dedication. I will strive to make educational opportunities better for both our current members, industry partners, and new members. Thank you for considering me for this key role, the ICHRIE Director of Education, and I am confident voting for me is also a vote for the growth of educational opportunities for our members. Aloha!


For the position of Director of Marketing

Damien Duchamp
Adjunct Professor
St. John's University, Frederick Community College

Dr. Damien L. Duchamp holds degrees from SUNY New Paltz (BA), Clemson University (M.Ed), and Gwynedd Mercy University (Ed.D). After spending thirteen years as a college administrator he worked in the private sector with beverage and restaurant brands. This led to consulting and teaching. Currently he teaches as an adjunct professor for St. John's University and Frederick Community College. Dr. Duchamp's dissertation was “Perceptions of the Hospitality and Tourism Industries by 18-24 Year Olds in Ghana, West Africa.” He is committed to developing a vibrant tourism ecosystem there, and is currently writing a book on the topic.

Damien is the Executive Director of Hospitalented and is a board member for Hospitalented offers hospitality and tourism education where formal education is scarce, while Travel Unity seeks to address DEI issues in the travel industry. Damien is also the founder of, a platform to help instructors improve their online pedagogy.

Dr. Duchamp has been an active member of ICHRIE since 2016. Damien was the Director of Membership for NENA Federation 2018-2020, and currently serves on the nominating committee. He serves on the ICHRIE Conference Committee, Networking Committee, Membership Committee and is part of the Beverage SIG leadership and Technology Taskforce.

Platform Statement
As the Director of Marketing it would be my mission to work with other leaders within ICHRIE to bolster what we have to offer our membership. I serve on many ICHRIE committees so that I can help change the things that will help us retain existing members and bring in new ones.

I'm not just “interested” in marketing. I have served as the marketing lead for two hospitality companies and consulted with countless organizations. I teach marketing; hence I am always thinking about the channels and messaging for organizations. This combination of experience will more than equip me to develop a robust marketing plan for ICHRIE.

In this role I would start by clarifying our value proposition. I will ensure that we serve the needs of all members, not just full-time faculty. For ICHRIE to survive and flourish we can no longer ignore high school educators, industry, adjuncts and graduate assistants. To reach them I will work to develop specific channels and campaigns that “speak to them.” I am already working with our technology group to improve CRM, the website, and our social media presence. I will also continue to push for us to re-examine our membership fee structure.

Candidate video

Anders Justenlund
Associate Professor, Business Developer
University College of Northern Denmark

I have been an active member of ICHRIE since 2012, when I joined the EuroCHRIE board as area consultant for Denmark. Since 2013 I was the federation secretary and later in 2016 I was elected Vice President of the federation. Currently I hold the position as immediate past president of EuroCHRIE until July 2019 this year. I am currently serving ICHRIE as Dir. of Marketing (Interim).

I currently hold a position as tenured associate professor and business developer at University College of Northern Denmark, where I have been based since 2009. Furthermore, I hold a position as external senior lecturer at the Institute Paul Bocuse in Lyon France. I also functions as an associate trainer for RP Technology, where I deliver management training courses to clients like Marriott International, ACCOR and several European based hotel management companies.

My professional/research interests lie within the cross-field of creative new thinking, innovation, entrepreneurship, service design and business model design.

Platform Statement
I currently hold the position as Director of Marketing for ICHRIE.

ICHRIE needs an active marketing strategy in the age of modern marketing and communication. My main task and focus will be to plan a new modern marketing strategy and execute this together with the ICHRIE office on behalf of the ICHRIE membership – YOU!

If I am re-elected Director of Marketing, I will proactively work for the following:

  • Updating ICHRIE’s online activities on the website, webinars, and social media
  • Innovative development of the ICHRIE conference concept (together with the directors of Networking and Conferences) to withstand the increased competition from specialised new and upcoming conferences.
  • Focus on distribution of membership through modern marketing initiatives in close cooperation with the Director of Membership and Industry
  • Engagement of members in relation to new marketing initiatives for ICHRIE – telling the story if ICHRIE members across all SOME-channels
  • Bring ICHRIE into the modern marketing era
  • Work to develop a new modern website for ICHRIE

Candidate video

For the office of Director of Networking

Kate Price-Howard
Assistant Professor
School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management
Troy University

I earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s in Parks and Recreation Administration, with an emphasis and certification in Therapeutic Recreation, from Florida International University and went on to complete my PhD in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism from the University of Utah. I have also worked as an instructor at the University of Utah, University of West Florida, and Florida State University. My 30+ years of work experience includes recreation positions onboard cruise ships, in several summer camps, and in commercial recreation as Director of Recreation for several Florida resorts. I have also served as a therapeutic recreation specialist, working in psychiatric, chemical dependency, and nursing homes settings. In 2001, I founded my own recreation consulting company, Go Play, Inc., where I experientially taught college interns within various resort settings as an agency supervisor. I am a member of ICHRIE; The Academy of Leisure Sciences; Resort and Commercial Recreation Association; and Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. I currently reside in Santa Rosa Beach, FL with my husband and son.

Platform Statement
I am very excited to be nominated for the position of Director of Networking for ICHRIE! I am currently an Assistant Professor at Troy University in the School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management. I am in my 8th year at Troy and enjoy teaching 100% online (called Troy’s Global Campus).

I have represented Southeast, Central & South American (SECSA) Federation of ICHRIE as a board member as Director of Networking for the last four years, serving two consecutive terms and would like to continue to be an active part of this amazing organization! Since becoming a member in 2016, I was elected to the board within the first 6 months and have served ever since. I have taken part in several STR courses obtaining my CHE, CHIA, and CAHTA certifications and attended the regional and annual conferences for the past few years. I have served on the Conference Committee for the New Orleans and Phoenix conferences and the Networking Committee representing the SECSA federation. I am also the “little and loud” raffle ticket seller always trying to get your money for the CHRIE FutureFund™ Committee...I don’t think I was actually on the committee, but I immediately jumped aboard to help sell tickets!

I would appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve this dynamic group of board members to continue to provide the services and support that are so critical to our membership. The industry link is vital to produce research that aligns with the needs of our practitioners and future graduates. If elected, I would be honored to continue to serve ICHRIE in any way needed. Thank you for your consideration!

Candidate Video

James Williams
Associate Professor
University of Tennessee

Currently, Dr. Williams serves as an associate professor (tenured) at the University of Tennessee and is the owner of UNMASKYTP, LLC, training domestic and international leaders to dwell in joy while seeking curiosity in every pursued endeavor. He teaches mindfulness, various leadership tactics, and one-on-one coaching to build brighter leaders for the future. He has worked with leaders in Spain, South Korea, Bulgaria, China, and at many Fortune 100 companies.

Dr. Williams is also a professional actor, in multiple TV shows, such as Murder Chose Me and a SAG movie role, Marbles and Bullets, as Uncle Tom. He wrote four books, Check Your Life: Be Limitless and From Thug to Scholar are his most noticeable books. He has also published over 17 scholarly articles and delivered over 30 invited presentations to academic and industry leaders.

Dr. Williams has a passion for collaborating with unique individuals, and he is committed to seeing the positive attributes like and conflicting personalities; he believes all play a pivotal role in creating productive teams. Dr. Williams thinks leaders must generate strategies to demonstrate the value of all teammates.

Dr. Williams earned six degrees (two doctorates), Ph.D. from Iowa State University. He honorably served the United States Air Force, winning Airman of the Year. He played professional arena football for the Raleigh Rebels (2005-2006). Dr. Williams has industry experience in the dental, banking, sales, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, hotels, and education. He is also a Certified Hospitality Educator and trainer.

Dr. Williams was also recognized as a Top 15 Emerging Scholar of 2019 by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. Dr. Williams also was a featured speaker for TEDx UTK in 2019. Best international mentor for Chinese Hospitality Education Initiative for the 2019 national championship in Shanghai, China.

Platform Statement
First and foremost, I am honored to be nominated for the Director of Networking position for ICHRIE. I do not take this nomination lightly because I respect this organization and all of the well-deserved people who have served in this position. I know there are other highly successful and qualified candidates being nominated for this opportunity, so my pitch will not discredit their very impressive credentials. With that being said, I embody networking; and if you personally know me, I attempt to see the light in every individual member within our respective organization. I live to network, and I believe life is pointless without connecting and interacting with other individuals. My unique nature comes in my inherent truth, which is to see others as limitless beings that are much more than their classifications or categories (e.g., race, gender, and etc.). My ultimate aim is to create a universal vision of love by attracting and retaining members that values all voices and sees the beauty in our differences. How will I do that should be your question?

  1. I will build working relationships with the Directors of Membership with all federations, using those relationships to build trust, to collaborate on strategies to recruit and to retain current members, and to keep them involved at our leadership level.
  2. I will share ideas and tactics from the Directors of Membership with our ICHRIE leadership team, so we can address their concerns and build on any beneficial ideas.
  3. I will speak with current members to gather ideas about what are some games or activities that might appeal to new members and current members during our annual ICHRIE conference. I want to create more festive times that enable us to escape the world of academia, to connect, to celebrate, and to enjoy one another like one big happy family.

Thank you for taking the time to read my statement.

Candidate Video


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