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A Stellar Award Tribute Event

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On May 3, the Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTM) at the Isenberg School of Management honored the Hislop family with its highest alumni accolade, the Stephen E. Elmont Award.  The gala event--the annual Stephen E. Elmont Award Tribute--attracted more than 200 HTM alumni and twenty students and faculty members to the Sheraton Boston Hotel.


The event's keynote speaker, Steven J.  Hislop '81, represented the family at the podium, which includes four graduates of the HTM program and additional UMass Amherst alumni.  Steve is CEO of Chuy's, an Austin-based group of 31 Tex-Mex restaurants in six states. Before joining Chuy's in 2007, he was chief operating officer of O'Charley's, a restaurant chain based in Nashville. His brother, Mike '77, is CEO of CBC Restaurant Corp., and Chairman of Il Fornaio America and Corner Bakery. A third brother, Tim '79, is a regional manager in Massachusetts for Longhorn Steakhouses. Steve's nephew, John III '07, also works at Chuy's. Two other Hislop brothers, John Jr.'76 and Joe '83, also graduated from UMass Amherst.


In his remarks, Steve praised UMass Amherst and the HTM program for a life-changing foundation that instilled a strong work ethic, personal resilience, and integrity. Several of his brothers, he noted, attended UMass simultaneously, helping and competing with one another. He also praised his father, John Hislop, who attended the banquet, for his unflinching support of his sons during their college years.

"A premier event like this is vital to recognizing and engaging our alumni. Their support is indispensable to our success," emphasized HTM department chair Haemoon Oh. "Programs like this help us to raise our reputation, recruit high-quality students, and place our students in industry. It's a great morale builder for our entire community."


The Elmont Award's namesake, Stephen E. Elmont '64, was a food industry innovator and founder of Creative Gourmet, one of New England's largest catering companies. The HTM graduate also earned a doctorate in hospitality management from Johnson & Wales College. A former president and board member of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, Elmont returned periodically to UMass Amherst to share industry and entrepreneurial insights with HTM students.


Alumni Accomplishments

HTM graduate Hina Rabbani Khar '02 M.S. was sworn in as Pakistan's youngest and first female foreign minister on July 19. In 2009, Khar, then Minister of State for Finance, became the first woman to present Pakistan's budget in the country's parliament. Khar had been State Minister for Foreign Affairs, a junior minister position. She also served as state minister for economic affairs. In the hospitality field, Khar owns a prominent restaurant in Lahore.

Chicago Grill CEO Frank Guidara '68 and five other HTM alums have recipes in a cookbook companion to UMass Amherst Magazine's Spring 2010 cover story, We've Got Food Covered. Some of the recipes by HTM grads were based on final projects for our Food Production Management course. Discover recipes by Frank, Andre John Cartwright '05, Mark Forgione '01, Jessica Vaughn '04, Baraka Abdulsalam '05 Felix Chan '05, and TinYan Shing '11 here.

David J. Colella '75, Vice President and Managing Director of the Colonnade Hotel in Boston and an HTM Advisory Board member, was featured in Leaders magazine (Vol. 34, No. 1, 2011). In the article, David discussed his philosophy of management, especially in overcoming the recent recession. "I started out with a passion for hospitality, and it's been my life and my career," remarked David. "I feel like I was born to be in hospitality and I thrive on it. It's as simple as that." In the magazine David is in good company-there are additional features on J. W. Marriott and Greg Norman. Congratulations, David!

J. Brent Tartamella '94, general manager of the Westmoor Club in Nantucket, won the 2009-2010 New England Club Managers Association (NECMA) Manager of the Year award. Established in 2005, the award recognizes a NECMA member's outstanding qualifications and endeavors as a club manager while exemplifying leadership, professional development, community and charitable involvement, and overall dedication to the industry. Congratulations, Brent!

Have some news that you think we need to know about? Please email: htm@isenberg.umass.edu


Upcoming Events

Stephen E. Elmont Awards

April 14, 2015

Boston Harbor Hotel

2015 Honoree: Robert F. McCarthy, class of 1978

President & Chief Operating Officer of Chartwell Hotels, LLC


Making a Difference in Our HTM Community!

Our thanks to all whose gifts have made a difference for the department and most importantly our students. 

To make a gift to HTM, please contact Jennifer Burke at Isenberg:

Jennifer Burke

Director of Constituent Relations




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