Frits Van Paasschen, Former CEO of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Is Guest Speaker at the NYUSPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism’s Annual Stephen W. Brener Distinguished Lecturer Series

Van Paasschen Will Share Insights about Disruption in the Hospitality Industry and How to Thrive in Today’s Rapidly Changing Global Economy at November 14 Event


NEW YORK, November 3, 2017 – On November 14, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism will present its 23rd Annual Stephen W. Brener Distinguished Lecturer Series in Hospitality Management, with featured guest Frits Van Paasschen, author and former CEO of Starwood Hotels and Resorts and of Coors Brewing Company, on November 14.

“Disruption in Hospitality: How to Thrive in Today’s Rapidly Changing Global Economy,” will take place on Tuesday, November 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South (between LaGuardia Place & Thompson Street). Steve Kent, industry veteran and visiting clinical assistant professor at the NYUSPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism, will moderate the discussion.

In a time of accelerated change, globalization, technological innovation, and an increasing level of personalization are affecting the way we live, do business, and enjoy our leisure time. Rapid change can come with great opportunities, but also with great threats, as people and businesses need to adapt to disruption and volatility. How will these disruptors affect the hospitality industry, and how can hospitality professionals ready themselves for the changes still to come?

Frits van Paasschen examines these questions in his recent book, The Disruptors’ Feast. As a seasoned global executive, van Paasschen will share his insights into the changing nature of the hospitality business and his advice on how to thrive in an era of acceleration and disruption.

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About the Stephen W. Brener Distinguished Lecturer Series in Hospitality Management
The NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism established the Stephen W. Brener Distinguished Lecturer Series in 1994. Instituted in response to Mr. Brener’s desire to provide a forum for industry leaders and students to meet and communicate, the Series focuses on the changes in the social, political, and financial environments that affect the hospitality and tourism industry. Previous prominent speakers and panelists have included: Danny Meyer, chief executive officer of Union Square Hospitality Group and the founder of Shake Shack; Glyn F. Aeppel, president and chief executive officer, Glencove Capital; Brooke Denihan Barrett, chief executive officer, Denihan Hospitality; Anne R. Lloyd-Jones, managing director of the New York office, HVS; Karen E. Rubin, senior vice president of global development policy and feasibility, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc.; Jason Pomeranc, co-founder, Thompson Hotels, LLC; and Jonathan M. Tisch, co-chairman of the Board and Office of the President, Loews Corporation, and chairman and chief executive officer, Loews Hotels & Resorts.

Considered a pioneer in the hospitality industry, Stephen W. Brener was a leading New York-based expert, consultant, and broker in hotel and motel real estate. Before his death in 1994, he was president of InterBank/Brener Brokerage Services, Inc., specializing in management consulting for the hotel industry. Previously, he headed Stephen W. Brener Associates, which provided the whole range of consulting services from the purchase to the sale of properties. Among his many accomplishments, he founded the annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference and established the first hospitality courses offered at the NYU School of Professional Studies.

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