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Alumni News Chapter events Central America The Central America chapter honored Fernando Poma '94, center, as Hotelier of the Year. With him are Hans Pfister '95 and Juliana Zúñiga '03 San José, Costa Rica was the site of the Central America chapter's annual celebration on June 15. The group started with an intimate cocktail and lunch at La Divina Comida, an ItalianPeruvian fusion restaurant. Fernando Poma '94, vice president of Real Hotels and Resorts and a great leader in the region, was honored as Hotelier of the Year. The Cornellians who gathered shared memories of their days on the Hill, including the start of a few families. That evening, the chapter hosted an evening of education at the InterContinental San José. Topics discussed included successful hospitality development in Latin America, new consumer trends, the power of television and video as marketing tools, and dealing with the financial crisis at an operational level. Our featured guest, SHA senior lecturer Jan Katz, stirred the pot a little bit with a few interesting findings. This is how a room of eco-conscious Costa Ricans found out that their guests barely mention sustainability practices on Trip Advisor. Prof. Katz proposes that this is no longer a valid product differentiation. Food for thought! One final cocktail allowed participants to network and learn about eCornell, executive education programs, and other offerings from the school. Lunch at La Divina Comida with, from left: Dominique Gapany, Real Hotels and Resorts; Nat Grew '94, Fernando Poma '94 and his wife; Nathalie Monge '05; Andrea Bonilla '97 and Hans Pfister '95; Juliana Zúñiga '03; Annette Grew '02, Jan Katz, SHA senior lecturer; Giovanni Graziano '11; Jesús Castro '79, Carlos Ramírez, PhD '79; Romy Van Hede, Real Hotels and Resorts; and Harry Katz, the Jack Sheinkman Professor in Collective Bargaining and Kenneth F. Kahn Dean of Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations Chapter president Juliana Zúñiga '03 and regional vice president Hans Pfister '95 did an amazing job of putting together this elegant and fabulous evening with the help of Nathalie Monge '05 and Paul Strasburger, PDP '01. Thanks go to the SHA and Destinos TV as sponsors, and to co-sponsors Real InterContinental Hotel, PDA, Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality, and Dispal, for a successful CHS event! Chicago Michael '82 and Michele Medzigian once again provided the ultimate venue for a CHS Chicago poolside barbecue, their fifth-annual, on July 15. The Medzigian manse was home once again to the Chicago chapter's Fifth Annual Poolside Barbecue. The July 15 event, organized by chapter president Sarah Samuels '04, Karen Berger '03, Chris Schalmo, and Michael '82 and Michele Medzigian with help from the SHA, was attended by about 70 alumni, friends, and family members. Chris Marshall '11 and Celia Erickson '12 helped with set-up and grilling,and Hart Davis Hart, the Turano Baking Company, and the Allerton Hotel generously provided in-kind sponsorships. Hotelie 47

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