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Volume 70, Issue 60, Monday, November 15, 2004


Hilton honors moguls

Important names in hospitality inducted to Hall of Honor

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Five leaders in the hospitality industry were recently inducted into UH's Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor.

Norman Brinker, who launched Steak & Ale and Bennigan's, was among those honored by the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. His company, Brinker International, includes Romano's Macaroni Grill, On the Border and Maggiano's Little Italy.

Also inducted into the Hall of Honor were John Q. Hammons and Roy Winegardner, who operate more than 100 Embassy Suites, Renaissance, Marriott, Radisson, Sheraton and Holiday Inn hotels. Winegardner is a former chairman of Holiday Inns; under his leadership, the company developed Embassy Suites and Hampton Inns and acquired Harrah's casinos.

Michael Leven, another inductee, served in high positions with Holiday Inns and now leads a group that includes the Hawthorn, Microtel and Best Inns & Suites brands.

Also honored was Michael Rose, another former Holiday Inns executive who is now chairman of Gaylord Entertainment. Gaylord's holdings include the Opryland Hotel, the Grand Ole Opry and WSM radio in Nashville, Tenn.

The Hilton College's Hall of Honor began in 1995 and adds members each year. Inductees' are commemorated with displays on the second floor of the University Hilton.

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