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HomeThe CollegeHospitality Hall of HonorInductees

Hospitality Hall of Honor

Inductees

Giants of our industry.

The seeds for the Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor were planted in the fall of 1995 by Dr. Ronald A. Nykiel, who held the Hilton College's Conrad N. Hilton Distinguished Chair. On September 25, 1996, Conrad N. Hilton, J. Willard Marriott, Vernon Stouffer and Kemmons Wilson became the first honorees inducted into the newly established Hall of Honor at a gala ceremony attended by more than 350 people in the Conrad N. Hilton Ballroom of the Hilton University of Houston. Wilson, then 73, attended the induction ceremony, while Hilton, Marriott and Stouffer were honored posthumously. Since 1996, nearly 60 hospitality icons have joined this inaugural group. These inductees have left indelible marks on business and in the world, and all are stellar role models for Hilton College students and everyone working in the hospitality industry today.

Select an inductee to learn more.
Introducing the Members of the Hospitality Hall of Honor
 
2014
Alain Ducasse

2013
Sam Barshop (1929-2013)

Richard Melman

2012
Jack DeBoer

Mariani Family of Banfi

2011
Randy & Carolyn Smith

Ratan N. Tata

2010
Doug Brooks

Joseph A. McInerney

2009
M.K. Guertin

The Pappas Brothers

2008
S. Truett Cathy (1921-2014)

Sir Rocco Forte

Steve Rushmore

2007
Gary W. Loveman

Howard Schultz

2006
Chris T. Sullivan

Eric M. Hilton

Ernest & Julio Gallo

2005
Curtis C. Nelson

Stephen F. Bollenbach

Joe R. Lee

2004
Michael D. Rose

John Q. Hammons

Michael A. Leven

Norman Brinker

Roy Winegardner

2003
Miguel Alemán Valdés

Sol Kerzner

Tim & Nina Zagat

2002
Jennie Grossinger & Elaine Grossinger Etess

William S. Norman

2001
Alice Sheets Marriott

Gabriel Escarrer Julia

Lynn & Ed Hogan

Marilyn Carlson Nelson

2000
Colonel Harland Sanders

Isadore Sharp

Robert Henry Dedman Sr.

Preston Robert Tisch & Laurence A. Tisch

1999
Robert Lloyd Crandall

Paul Dubrule & Gérard Pélisson

Howard Dearing Johnson

1998
Barron Hilton

J. W. “Bill” Marriott Jr.

Walter Elias “Walt” Disney

1997
Curtis Leroy Carlson

Ellsworth Statler

Lord Charles Forte

Raymond Albert Kroc

1996
Conrad N. Hilton

J. Willard Marriott

Kemmons Wilson

Vernon Stouffer

Hall of Honor Gallery

 

The Hall of Honor Gallery, located off the main lobby of the Hilton University of Houston, features specially commissioned portraits of each inductee by artist Robert Lapsley. New members are presented a copy of their portraits at the induction ceremony, but the original portraits are rotated regularly and hung in this gallery as a tribute to the achievements of each inductee. Those honored in the gallery represent the world's most successful hospitality companies and most recognizable brands. The Hospitality Hall of Honor motto—Education through Leadership—is alive and well through the examples showcased here.