Hospitality Improve Pronounces Recipient of John Cahill Honorary Seat

Hospitality Improve Writer and President Wealthy Siegel at this time introduced that the recipient of the 2023 John Cahill Honorary Seat is Dylan Emerson, an undergraduate scholar on the College of Houston’s Conrad N. Hilton School of World Hospitality Management. The award will probably be introduced on the upcoming CIO Summit, an invitation-only annual occasion produced by Hospitality Improve journal. This yr’s occasion will probably be held Sept. 6-8 at Resort Van Zandt in Austin, Texas.

The John Cahill Honorary Seat is awarded annually to 1 distinguished scholar from a college or four-year faculty with a resort program. This scholar is advisable by his or her professors as a person with huge potential within the resort expertise trade.

Dylan has proven curiosity in expertise since highschool. He leverages his management expertise to function president of the Membership Administration Affiliation of America (CMAA) Cougar Chapter and understands that expertise is the way forward for hospitality. He has spoken twice on the CMAA World Convention concerning expertise in golf equipment, from recharging golf carts wirelessly to utilizing occupancy sensors with AI to satisfy members’ wants extra successfully. Dylan is in our Information Analytics and Mission Administration observe and loves utilizing information to boost operations efficiency and make selections. Professor and Conrad N. Hilton Distinguished Chair Agnes DeFranco

Professor DeFranco served on the HFTP Board below Cahill’s presidency and witnessed firsthand his devotion to the trade. “Dylan’s spirit of studying, teamwork, and taking over new challenges jogs my memory of John’s ardour,” she mentioned. “I’m proud he has been chosen to proceed John’s legacy.”

The John Cahill Honorary Seat was created in reminiscence of trade chief, technologist, mentor and good friend John Cahill, a supporter of the CIO Summit from its inception in 2001. Over the course of his profession, he served as CIO for 3 resort firms—ITT Sheraton, InterContinental Motels and The Denihan Hospitality Group. He was additionally a frontrunner in Hospitality Monetary and Expertise Professionals (HFTP), along with his contributions together with co-editing the inaugural Licensed Hospitality Expertise Skilled (CHTP) examination in 1995.

Above all, Cahill was a mentor. Hospitality Improve’s Wealthy Siegel wished to see John’s reminiscence stay on by presenting one scholar annually with a chance to attend an in any other case closed-door, invitation-only CIO Summit, permitting the coed to take a seat in John’s seat for the two-day occasion. “It’s one thing we all know John would have beloved,” he mentioned.

Earlier recipients of the award embody inaugural recipient Spencer Rung, a 2016 graduate of the Penn State Faculty of Hospitality Administration; 2017 recipient Andrew Trupia, a graduate of the College of Nevada Las Vegas; 2018 recipient Juan Jesus Trevino, a scholar on the Conrad N. Hilton School of World Hospitality Management on the College of Houston; 2019 recipient Smit Patel, a graduate scholar at Boston College’s Faculty of Hospitality Administration; 2021 recipient Alana Agcaoili, an undergraduate scholar at Kennesaw State College’s Faculty of Hospitality Administration; 2022 recipient Shannon Regan, an undergraduate scholar on the Northern Arizona College’s Faculty of Resort and Restaurant Administration.

Hospitality Improve’s CIO Summit, Powered by HFTP, is a novel, invitation-only occasion for chief info officers from resort manufacturers, administration firms, cruise strains, casinos, and impartial motels. This yr’s CIO Summit will probably be hosted on the Resort Van Zandt on Sept. 6-8. For extra info, go to

About Hospitality Improve

Hospitality Improve has coated expertise traits and product info within the hospitality trade for greater than 30 years. Common options embody in-depth analyses by trade thought leaders, interviews with prime resort and gaming executives, articles about merchandise and traits, and profiles of the trade’s premier resolution suppliers. Reaching an viewers of greater than 30,000 readers in 48 international locations, the journal additionally sponsors two annual occasions, the Government Vendor Summit and the CIO Summit. Hospitality Improve is owned by Siegel Communications, Inc., together with its sister firm Resort On-line, the premier each day information website for the hospitality trade. For extra info, go to

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