Industry & alumni
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 Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration.
Our Advisory Board ensures that our students 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 our industry.
Advisory Board Members
Chair: Rick Gratia
Mr. Ralph Brennan
Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group
Mr. Tod Chambers
Mr. Robert Crifasi
New Orleans Country Club
Ms. Mavis Early
Executive Vice President
Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association
Mr. Terry Epton
Mr. Al Groos
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
Mr. Mohan Koka
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
Mr. Mark Romig
Mr. Randy Stein
Mr. B’s Restaurant
Our Industry Associations
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 Associationis theunique 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.