2017 Short Course and Advanced Short Course Recap

Another Great Year for Both Short Course and Advanced Short Course!

           

The 72nd Annual Short Course and the 11th Annual Advanced Short Course welcomed the “superstars” of our industry from January 9-13th, at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management in Houston. This one-of-a-kind hospitality training event, recognized by the International Society of Hotel Association of Executives, proved once again to be the “Best Educational Program in the Nation” for those students hand-picked by their hotel’s management to attend. Please visit THLA’s Facebook page to see pictures taken throughout the week, and check out our YouTube channel to view our photo slideshow.

Each year, THLA challenges Texas hotel companies to send ten or more of their top employees to Short Course. THLA thanks the following companies who met our 2017 Corporate Challenge and supported this incredible event:

HD Supply Facilities Maintenance

Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Marriott Hotels & Resorts

Omni Hotels & Resorts

TMI Hospitality

We would also like to recognize the following local hotel associations for providing scholarships to Short Course and for realizing that this experience not only enhances a student’s career, but benefits other employees and the hotel where the student returns to work. Short Course scholarships were generously provided by:

Austin Hotel & Lodging Association

El Paso Hotel & Motel Association

Galveston Hotel & Lodging Association

Greater Corpus Christi Hospitality Association

HD Supply Facilities Maintenance

Hotel Association of Greater Houston

Hotel Association of North Texas

Hotel Association of Tarrant County

San Antonio Hotel & Lodging Association

Tyler Lodging Association

We are extremely fortunate to continue offering this outstanding training each year with no increase in cost to attendees.  This is only possible through the generous sponsorship of companies such as:

American Hotel Register Company

HD Supply Facilities Maintenance

Insurance Solutions of America

Integrity Paving & Coating

Kohler Plumbing

Landry's Inc.

MGI Solutions

Philips Lighting Company

Renue Systems Houston

Scott Equipment, Inc.

Sprint Roofing & Construction

US Lawns of North Houston

Students at Short Course are split into three different team-building color groups. At the end of the week, one individual from each group is named “Outstanding Student” based on votes by their peers, final test grades and class participation. The three Outstanding Students from the 2017 Short Course were: 

Kristen Ford, Hilton Americas, Houston

John Young, The San Luis Hotel Resort & Conference Center, Galveston

Anthony Johnson, Renaissance Dallas, Richardson

From this distinguished list, one student was awarded the Dr. James Taylor Outstanding Student Award. Dr. Taylor taught Short Course and inspired our students for an amazing 47 consecutive years! This year's Dr. James Taylor Outstanding Student Award recipient was Kristen Ford with the Hilton Americas, Houston.

This year, Erin Etheredge from Hotel Valencia Riverwalk in San Antonio and Bree Carrico from Alexa Management in Wimberley both earned the Top Scoring Student Award by achieving the highest score on the final exam.

We would like to give our sincere thanks to all of the Short Course and Advanced Short Course students, speakers and sponsors for making this year such a success!

If you have the room and see fit, below is a list of our instructors:

The week was filled with programs on virtually every major facet of hotel operations, from hotel law to sales and marketing to housekeeping and engineering. Each topic was presented by hospitality figures of international reputation. THLA is grateful to our esteemed instructors who support this unique event – Thank you so much!

Short Course

Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Inc., Houston

Hoby Wedler, Francis Ford Coppola Winery,

Karen McCullough, Karen McCullough & Co., Houston

Agnes DeFranco, Professor & Distinguished Chair, University of Houston/Conrad N. Hilton College of HRM, Houston

Doug Horn, General Manager, Houstonian Estates, Houston

Garvin O’Neil, Professor of Practice, Hospitality and Retail Management, Lubbock

Rene Codina, Chef Garde Manager, Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center, Galveston

Jayni Brown, Director of Housekeeping, Holiday Inn Resort on the Beach, Galveston

Cathy Cheatham, Lecturer, University of Houston/Conrad N. Hilton College of HRM, Houston

Steve Cunningham, General Manager, Hotel Galvez & Spa, Galveston

Justin Bragiel, General Counsel, Texas Hotel & Lodging Association, Austin

Mary Dawson, Ed.D, CHE, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Houston/Conrad N. Hilton College of HRM, Houston

Juan Madera, Associate Professor, University of Houston/Conrad N. Hilton College of HRM, Houston

Gloryvee Ramos, Lecturer, University of Houston/Conrad N. Hilton College of HRM, Houston

Shaun Burdick, Certified Lodging Security Director, San Antonio

Dr. Marc Clark, SmartBizzOnline.com, Franklin, Kentucky

Scott Joslove, President  & CEO, Texas Hotel & Lodging Association

Dr. Stephen Barth, Professor, University of Houston/Conrad N. Hilton College of HRM, Houston

Cindy Novotny, Master Connection Associates, Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Advanced Short Course

Steve Rudner Attorney at Law, Rudner Law Offices, Dallas

Garvin O’Neil, Professor of Practice, Hospitality and Retail Management, Lubbock

Hoby Wedler, Francis Ford Coppola Winery,

Craig Krause, Owner, Direct Development Training, Georgetown

Priyanko Guchait, Professor, University of Houston/Conrad N. Hilton College of HRM, Houston

George Katsenes, Former Senior Director of Learning & Development for Sysco Corporation

Justin Bragiel, General Counsel, Texas Hotel & Lodging Association, Austin

Shaun Burdick, Certified Lodging Security Director, San Antonio

Dr. Marc Clark, SmartBizzOnline.com, Franklin, Kentucky

Scott Joslove, President & CEO, Texas Hotel & Lodging Association

Dr. Stephen Barth, Professor, University of Houston/Conrad N. Hilton College of HRM, Houston

Cindy Novotny, Master Connection Associates, Rancho Santa Margarita, California

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