Alumni and friends celebrate at 10th annual Icon and Innovator Awards

Photo of the two Icon and Innovator Award plaques

The School of Hotel Administration hosted its 10th annual Cornell Hospitality Icon and Innovator Awards on June 5, 2018 at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. More than 500 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and influential industry leaders gathered to celebrate two visionary leaders in the global hospitality and travel industries while also fundraising for the school’s annual fund, which provides need-based scholarships to students each year.

Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott was named the 2018 Cornell Icon of the Industry, and Tim Hentschel ’01 was named the 2018 Cornell Hospitality Innovator.

Here are some highlights from the 2018 Icon and Innovator Awards.

Photo of three people in front of the SHA step-and-repeat on the red carpet
Photo of two people in front of the SHA step-and-repeat on the red carpet
Photo of four people in front of the SHA step-and-repeat on the red carpet
Photo of Dean Walsh, Tim, and Arne in front of the SHA step-and-repeat on the red carpet
Photo of three people, including Joe Thomas, College of Business Interim Dean
Photo of two women and touchdown the bear on a NYC street
Photo of two men and touchdown the bear on a NYC street
Photo of three men in the banquet hall
Photo of three people in the banquet hall
Photo of four people in the banquet hall
Photo of four people in the banquet hall
Photo of three people in the banquet hall
Photo of Dean Walsh at the podium
Dean Kate Walsh addresses the audience at the 2018 Icon and Innovator Awards
Photo of Tim at the podium
Timothy Hentschel ’01 accepts the 2018 Cornell Hospitality Innovator Award
Photo of Arne at the podium
Arne Sorenson accepts the 2018 Cornell Icon of the Industry Award
Photo of three women with Touchdown the bear outside the venue
Photo of a laughing man and woman
Photo of a table of guests and the wait staff
Photo of the people in the banquet hall raising their glasses for a toast
Photo of two men and Dean Walsh
Photo of two men, a woman, and Dean Walsh
Photo of a man and woman in front of the SHA banner
Photo of a man and woman in front of the SHA banner
Photo of three men and a woman in front of the SHA banner
Photo of the dessert buffet

The Hotel School would like to thank its incredible supporters, staff, and volunteers for making 2018 Icon and Innovator Awards event an amazing success!


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