Board of Advisors

The Collins College of Hospitality Management

For more than 45 years, The Collins College of Hospitality Management professors have enriched their instruction by keeping their fingers on the pulse of industry trends. That tradition is alive and well through the ongoing participation of the Board of Advisors.

The college works hand-in-hand with this group of key hospitality leaders to ensure the program’s methods and practices are consistent with those of the industry and that its curriculum is aligned with industry needs. Additionally, board mentorships and internships provide Collins College students the opportunity to benefit first-hand from the experience and knowledge of this expert group, and are invaluable assets in building the hospitality leaders of the future.

Bruce Baltin
CBRE
Ronald Banaszak
Club Advisors
Russell Bendel
The Habit Restaurants, LLC (Board Chair)
Bridget Bilinski
Marriott International, Inc.
Gina Brinegar
Webb Foodservice Design
Steve Burns
SYSCO Specialty Meat Group
Adrian Butler
Dine Equity Inc.
Javier Cano
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles / JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
Rajesh Chandnani
Vice President, Strategy for WATG and Wimberly Interiors
Bryan Churchill
Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board (LATCB)
President Soraya M. Coley, Ph.D.
Cal Poly Pomona
James A. Collins
Sizzler USA, Inc.
Lea Dopson
The Collins College of Hospitality Management, Cal Poly Pomona
Dean Lea Dopson, Ed.D.
The Collins College of Hospitality Management
Stephanie Edens
Wolfgang Puck Catering
Salvador Falcon
ECOLAB, Inc.
Richard R. Frank (1981-2015), Founder
Lawry's Restaurants, Inc.
Joe Gatto
T-Bird and Outback Steakhouse
Michele Gendreau, Chair
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
Thomas M. Goff
Bernstein Private Wealth Management
Howard Gordon
Gordon Hospitality Group, LLC
Bruce Gorelick
The Lowes Regency, San Francisco
Daniel Harley
Tanium
Dianne M. Jaskulske
Hilton Worldwide
Pamela Jones
Crescendo LLC
Troy L. Jones
Ernst & Young
Afshin Kateb
Nimes Capital and Nazarian Enterprises
Paul Kramer
Budget Suites of America
Janet Lowder
Restaurant Management Services
Verne Lusby
Retired Food Service Executive
Mariah Machnikowski
Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar
Reginald McDowell
Hospitality Consultant
Thomas Morone
CHMWarnick, LLC
Justin B. Nedelman
Eureka Restaurant Group / Modern Hospitality Systems, LLC
Denise Pflum
DoubleTree by Hilton Anaheim-Orange County
Reynolds, William H. Jr
MHR Capital, LLC
John Rucci
MSD Hospitality
Glenn Schmitt
MarkeTeam, Inc.
David Schneiderman
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
Steven Senft
CRU Real Estate Group & CRU Global Innovations
Larry Shupnick
Interstate Hotels & Resorts | LARAL Group
Randy Slentz
FreshPoint Southern California
Edward F. Snavely
Retired Hotel Executive
John Strauss
Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels & Hospitality Group
Lera Van Straatum, Honorary Member
City Club Los Angeles, ClubCorp
Eva N. Wassermann, CHA
GEM Realty Capital, Inc.
Cary Wheeland
Bon Appétit Management Company
Jason Wooler
Young's Market Company, LLC