National Advisory Board

The National Advisory Board of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management (SHRM) serves as the primary link between SHRM and our alumni, friends, and the business communities by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information between those engaged in the hospitality industry and the SHRM. In this way the curriculum, research and service activities of the School will be informed by those engaged in the industry, and our industry partners will understand the SHRM’s teaching, research, and service mission and accomplishments.

The goals and responsibilities of the National Advisory Board include raising community awareness of the need for private financial support within the school, advising the Dean and Executive Director on matters of concern to business and the community, and developing opportunities for business partnerships.

Current Board Roster, as of 1/8/14

Rich Howey, Executive Director

Scott Adams
Assistant VP, Desert Area

Naveen Ahuja
VP Western Region
Hospitality Staffing Solutions

Kelly Balthazor
US Airways Community Relations

David Birzon
Chief Executive Operator

John Cauvin*
Executive in Residence
MBA-h Program
Northern Arizona University 

Karen Churchard
Assistant Deputy Directory
Arizona Office of Tourism

Todd Davis
Chief Information Officer
Choice Hotels International

Milt Ericksen*
Director of Outreach,
Marketing and Public Relations
Health and Nutrition Services
Arizona Department of Education

Joseph Fassler
Glacier Park, Inc.
Viad Corporation

Mike Gildersleeve
General Manager
Hermosa Inn

Mark Grenoble*
Enchantment Group

Steve Hart
General Manager &
Regional Vice President
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

Dr. Eugene Hughes
Ex-officio member

Mark Koehler *
Vice President
Operations & Finance, Americas
Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

Tammy Ledyard *
College Recruiting Manager
Pappas Restaurants

Tina Lockwood, MHS
All Sign Systems, Inc.
Division of Century Sign Builders

Paige Lund**
General Manager
Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel

Craig Mason
Senior VP, Asset Management
Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc.

Michelle Mason
Director of Sales and Marketing
Scottsdale Thunderbird Suites

Robb McCreary
Hotel Director
Talking Stick Resort

Bruce D. Mosby- New Member 
Mosby and Company, Inc.
dba Peet's Coffee and Tea Shops

Anne Niemiec*
National Director of Sales
ARAMARK Parks and Destinations

Matthew Prausa
Bench Manager
Marriott's Desert Springs Villa I
Marriott's Desert Springs Villas II

Fred Reese
General Manager
Little America Hotel - Flagstaff
Adjunct Faculty
Northern Arizona University

Peter Rice
General Manager
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale
Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch

Jeff Senior
Executive Vice President
& Chief Marketing Officer 
Fairmont Raffles Hotels International

Rich Stark*
Chief Executive Officer
New York Pizza Dept.

Keith Underwood
Director, Hospitality IPG
KW Commercial

Dennis Vollink
Drury Southwest, Inc.

Lou Weckstein

Mary Weinman
Weinman and Associates
Executive Search

Student Board Members

Matt Grogan
Jonathan Jackson
Lindsay Kincade
Tyler Roberts

*Executive Board Member
** Chair of the Executive Board