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My First 90 Days at ICHRIE

Fran Brasseux, Executive Director, ICHRIE

Welcome to Fall! I know we are all still trying to adjust to today’s different normal, but I am encouraged to see so many of our ICHRIE members back in global university offices, and am personally excited to find international travel re-opening with airports, restaurants and hotels again busy.

Fall marks my first 90 days as your ICHRIE Executive Director, and I wanted to share a recent presentation I made to the ICHRIE Board of Directors which included my key objectives in this start and learn phase of my new role at ICHRIE. If you click here – you will see we have been busy, and at the same time trying to be more thoughtful on making our work more collaborative and transparent.

As we begin October, we are on deadline to launch the new ICHRIE website, and a supporting new ICHRIE member database which is on schedule for October 13, 2021. This is part of the 2021-2025 ICHRIE Strategic Plan, researched and requested by our Board of Directors and working committees earlier this year. The database and website upgrade will help to improve our technology and membership communication. It was generously supported by the University of Houston and we extend another thank you to the dean (and longtime ICHRIE member) of the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, Dr. Dennis Reynolds.

This website and database upgrade will make member details better organized, easier to search and allow federations to have access to information they need to succeed. Importantly it will also make the fall membership renewal process and joining of new members easier to manage both for our members and our headquarter office.

For the first time, our Eta Sigma Delta student inductees (over 2,000 in number in over 100 schools) will have complimentary (non-voting, online) membership to ICHRIE. This provides our honor society students access to JHTR, JHTE, JHTC, and ICHRIE Research Reports, as well as, open access to the members only information, including our member directory.

The installation of the new website and membership database will require a change to all ICHRIE member ID numbers. We will be sending out in the middle of October all current ICHRIE members a new ID number via email. This will be communicated multiple times, so please be on the lookout for emails about Member IDs and the new website. In addition to the member number, the email will contain instructions on how to log into the new website (still at www.chrie.org) and set your password. On the new website, we will have the ability to reset passwords, but not set them for members so be sure to make note of it.

As you may recall, all active members need to provide their member number in our confidential 3rd party voting platform in order to be able to log into the electronic ballot site and vote for 2022/2023 Board of Directors. We will let you know when everything is ready for your viewing and your vote but expect to see that announcement as usual in early November. All current 2021 ICHRIE members with full membership will be able to vote once we open the ballot. The ballot will be open until December 31st, 2021. It will be important to login to the new website after it opens and reset your password and view your new membership number. The slate of officers will be released as per ICHRIE bylaws or after the final board approval on September 30, 2021.

This year, we are theming our fall membership renewal and new member outreach to a WhyICHRIE theme. This playfully moves our name from a noun to a verb to not only show movement and action, but provides an opportunity for a new membership video on why to join ICHRIE, and a digital and social media campaign distributed on multiple social platforms.

We are now 368 educational institutions, with over 1,000 members representing over 120,000 students – and in position to grow.

Thank you for your membership, your election vote, and your support for ICHRIE.

Fran

P.S. In case you are wondering, I have loved my first 90 days. Thank you for your warm welcome!

 

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