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Dean's Advisory Board

CHAIRMAN
Doug Brooks ('75)
Former President, CEO & Chairman of the Board
Brinker International

Michael Alcorn ('07)
Industrial Sales Manager
Aspen Aerogels

Doug Horn
General Manager
Houstonian Estates

Ron E. Jackson
President & CEO
Meadowbrook Golf Group

Carlye Knowles
Manager
Figgins Family Wine Estates

Pennie Landon
Director of Sales
Delta Five

Nick Massad Jr. ('73)
President & CEO
American Liberty Hospitality

Randy McCaslin, CRE (Hon. '07)
Founder & CEO
McCaslin Hotel Consulting, LLC

Dorothy T. Nicholson , CHA, CHSE (’77)
President
Nicholson Interests, LLC

Rolando Pablos (MHM '96)
Texas Secretary of State

Chris Pappas
CEO & Executive Vice President
Pappas Restaurants, Inc.

Robert D. "Bob" Planck ('71)
President & CEO
Interconnect Enterprises, Inc.

Kurt Robertson
Director – Brand Performance, Hilton
Corporate Liaison, Hilton College

Gregory W. "Gregg" Rockett ('86)
Vice President – Corporate Hotel Development
Hilton

Caryn Kboudi
Vice President – Talent Acquisition & Development
Omni Hotels & Resorts

John Rydman
President & Owner
Spec's Wine, Spirits & Finer Foods

Sharmagne Taylor, CMP ('86)
President
On-site Partners

Robert Thrailkill ('82)
Vice President of Operations, Zachry Hospitality 
General Manager, Hilton Palacio Del Rio Hotel and Staybridge Suites/Convention Center

Kaitlyn Venable-Valdez ('12)
President
Hilton College Alumni Board

Adria Watson ('19)
Chair
Dean's Undergraduate Student Advisory Council

Frank Wolfe, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals

CHAIRMAN EMERITUS
Charles D. Dorn
,
CCM ('80)
Managing Director
The Dorn Group, Ltd.

BOARD MEMBERS EMERITI
Sir Rocco Forte
Chairman
The Rocco Forte Collection

Wolf Hengst
Executive Chairman
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas

D. Andrew Slater
Area Vice President
Hilton

Tony Vallone
President & CEO
Vallone Restaurant Group