HRT Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board consists of executives within the industry and provides an important resource for our School. These business executives serve to review and initiate recommendations on the programs and goals of the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration.

So, why is this important to you? The significance of the Advisory Council is that it ensures that you are receiving the most up-to-date and current education that reflects the actuality of the industry. The Advisory Board works regularly with the faculty, staff and students to devise and update a curriculum that is current and related to the needs of the hospitality industry.

Advisory Board Members

Chair: Rick Gratia,
Muriel’s Restaurant

Mr. Ralph Brennan
Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group

Mr. Tod Chambers,
General Manager
Doubletree Hotel

Mr. Robert Crifasi,
General Manager
New Orleans Country Club

Ms. Mavis Early,
Executive Vice President
Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association

Mr. Terry Epton,
Hosts Global

Mr. Al Groos,
General Manager
Royal Sonesta Hotel

Mr. Don Landry,

Mr. Bill Langkopp,
Executive Vice President
Louisiana Hotel & Lodging Association

Mr. Steve Perry,
New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau

Mr. Jim Cook
General Manager
Sheraton Hotel

Mr. Mohan Koka,
General Manager
Loews Hotel

Mr. Octavio Mantilla
Owner for Restaurants August, Luke, LaProvence, Besh Steak, Domenica, Luke San Antonio, Borgne, and Pizza Domenica

Mr. Greg Meyer
Director State Sales
Glazer Companies

Mr. Mark Romig

Mr. Randy Stein
General Manager
Mr. B’s Restaurant

Industry Association Links

Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism

Official state guide to parks, festivals, and tourist attractions.

New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau

Visitor's Guide to New Orleans - calendar of events, accommodations, restaurants, shopping, meeting planners, information and more.

Travel and Tourism Research Association

TTRA - an international professional organization comprised of providers and users of travel and tourism research.

US Travel Association

The US Travel Association is the unique national organization that leverages the collective strength of those who benefit from travel to grow their business beyond what they can do individually.

Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education

CHRIE is an association for colleges and universities offering programs in hotel and restaurant management, foodservice management and culinary arts.

Louisiana Restaurant Association

The LRA is a non-profit trade association representing the foodservice industry in Louisiana.

Meeting Professionals International

Professional membership organization for corporate, association, and independent meeting planners.

National Restaurant Association

Restaurant trade organization offering certification, training materials, start-up advice, education resources, and industry news and trends.

American Hotel and Lodging Association

AH&LA is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers.

Club Managers Association of America

CMAA is the professional association for managers of membership clubs and advances the profession of club management by fulfilling the educational and related needs of its members.

America Culinary Federation

ACF promotes the professional image of American chefs worldwide through education of culinarians at all levels.

Professional Convention Manager’s Association

PCMA represents meeting industry leaders including planner professionals, suppliers, faculty and students.

Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association

The GNOHLA is an association representing the hotel and lodging industry in the Greater New Orleans area.

Hospitality Finance and Technology Professionals

HFTP is the global professional association for financial and technology personnel working in hotels, clubs, and other hospitality-related businesses.

New Orleans Online

The City of New Orleans' Official Tourism Site provided by the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. Guide to hotels, restaurants, entertainment, and culture in the city of New Orleans.