Tom Giannopoulos Named 2007 Hospitality Executive of the Year by Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society

  • Oracle Hospitality Food and Beverage Solutions
  • 09.12.07
MICROS Systems, Inc., a leading provider of information technology solutions for the hospitality and retail industries, announced that A. L. (Tom) Giannopoulos, chairman, president and CEO, MICROS Systems, Inc., has been named the 2007 Hospitality Executive of the Year by the Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society.

Mr. Giannopoulos will receive the award during the 46th Hospitality Executive of the Year Award dinner on Sunday, November 11, at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers. As part of the honor, Mr. Giannopoulos will also be inducted into the Penn State Hospitality Hall of Fame, located at the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.

The Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society (PSHRS) was created in 1948 by alumni and friends of the School of Hospitality Management (SHM) in Penn State's College of Health and Human Development. PSHRS and the school created the Hospitality Executive of the Year Award in 1960 to honor individuals who exemplify the successful leadership characteristics that the School of Hospitality Management strives to both instill in students and convey to alumni and colleagues.

"It is rare that we are able to recognize an executive who has had a profound effect on both the hotel and restaurant industries," stated David Scypinski, senior vice president, industry relations, for Starwood Hotels and Resorts and president of the PSHRS. "Tom's leadership of MICROS Systems has served to continuously provide the entire hospitality industry with innovative technologies that allow our businesses to operate with greater efficiency, and we are delighted to have Tom become a member of the Penn State Hospitality Hall of Fame."

"I am extremely honored to be recognized by the prestigious Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society," said Tom Giannopoulos. "MICROS and its employees strive for excellence everyday. I share this recognition with the dedicated employees who continue to make MICROS a leader in the industry."

"Mr. Giannopoulos joins an impressive list of hospitality executives at Penn State's School of Hospitality Management," said Bert Van Hoof, director of the School of Hospitality Management.
 
Last year's award recipient was Richard J. Schnieders, chairman, chief executive officer, and president of SYSCO Corporation, Houston, Texas. Previous winners include: James S. Broadhurst, chairman and chief executive officer, Eat'n Park Hospitality Group; Robert F. Cotter, president and chief operating officer of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.; Allan L. Schuman, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ecolab, Inc.; Michel Landel, president and chief executive officer of Sodexho; Marilyn Carlson Nelson, chairman and CEO of Carlson Companies, Inc.; Joseph Neubauer, chairman and CEO, ARAMARK; Henry R. Silverman, chairman and CEO, HFS Incorporated; Herman Cain, former president, Godfather's Pizza; Raymond Schultz, former president and CEO, Promus Hotel Corporation; J.W. Marriott, Jr., chairman and president, Marriott Corporation; Barron Hilton, chairman and president, Hilton Hotels Corporation; and Walter J. Conti, a member of the Penn State Board of Trustees, retired owner of Conti's Cross Keys Inn and Pipersville Inn in Doylestown (Pennsylvania), and creator of the distinguished Conti Professorship in the School of Hospitality Management.



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