January 24, 2020

NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality to Host 25th Annual Stephen W. Brener Distinguished Lecturer Series in Hospitality Management Featuring Industry Pioneer Ian Schrager

During February 12 Event, Jonathan M. Tisch, Chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels & Co. and Co-Chairman of the Board of Loews Corporation, Will Interview Schrager on “Creating Iconic Spaces and Brands”

NEW YORK, January 24, 2020 The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality will present the 25th Annual Stephen W. Brener Distinguished Lecturer Series in Hospitality Management featuring celebrated entrepreneur Ian Schrager. The event will take place on Wednesday, February 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium, 4th Floor, 60 Washington Square South (between LaGuardia Place and Thompson Street).

During the event, titled “Creating Iconic Spaces and Brands,” Jonathan M. Tisch, chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels & Co. and co-chairman of the Board of Loews Corporation, will lead a conversation with Schrager on the evolving hospitality landscape in light of changing guest expectations and the impact of  digital disruption on the industry.

Schrager, who is uniquely positioned to answer questions about the industry, will address important challenges facing hospitality, including how hospitality providers can activate spaces and create brands that will keep guests excited and loyal, how hotels can be transformed from being merely “functional” facilities—where guests eat and sleep—into experiential environments that engage the senses and stimulate the imagination, and other compelling industry topics.

Since the ’70s, Schrager, founder and chairman of Ian Schrager Company, has achieved international recognition for concepts that have revolutionized the entertainment, residential, food and beverage, retail, and hospitality industries. His passionate commitment to the modern lifestyle has been expressed through a series of pioneering concepts, including Studio 54 and Palladium nightclubs; 50 Gramercy Park North, 40 Bond, 215 Chrystie Street, and 160 Leroy residential developments; and Morgans Hotel Group, PUBLIC Hotels, and EDITION Hotels. Schrager’s ground­breaking concepts have changed the business and set industry standards that continue to be imitated throughout the world.

Please RSVP for the event by February 4; register here.

If you are a member of the press who wishes to cover the event, please contact Alka Gupta at aag13@nyu.edu or Michael DeMeo at michael.demeo@nyu.edu.

About the Stephen W. Brener Distinguished Lecturer Series in Hospitality Management
The NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality 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: David Marriott, Chief Operations Officer – Eastern Region, The Americas, Marriott International; Frits van Paasschen, author, former CEO of Starwood Hotels and Resorts; Danny Meyer, chief executive officer of Union Square Hospitality Group and the founder of Shake Shack; Glyn F. Aeppel, founder, president and chief executive officer, Glencove Capital; Brooke Denihan Barrett, chief executive officer, Denihan Hospitality; Anne R. Lloyd-Jones, senior managing director of the New York office, HVS; Karen E. Rubin, managing director, Karen Rubin Hotels; Jason Pomeranc, co-founder, SIXTY Hotels; and Jonathan M. Tisch, chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels & Co. and co-chairman of the Board of Loews Corporation.

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.

About the NYUSPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality
The NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, now celebrating 24 years of academic excellence, is a leading center for the study of hospitality, travel, and tourism. Founded in 1995, the Tisch Center was established in response to the growing need for hospitality and tourism undergraduate and graduate education. Its cutting-edge curricula attract bright, motivated students who seek to become leaders in their fields.

Through its undergraduate degree in hotel and tourism management, its graduate degrees in hospitality industry studies, tourism management, and event management; a plethora of Professional Pathways programs; and its world-renowned hospitality investment conference, students gain the knowledge and the skill sets that enable them to manage change, to communicate, to thrive in complex work environments, and to advance the businesses of hospitality, travel, and tourism. For more information about the NYUSPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, visit sps.nyu.edu/tisch.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies
For 85 years, the NYU School of Professional Studies has been a deeply respected institution of higher education that is grounded in applied learning. From its early years, training returning World War II veterans to fulfill the nation’s urgent need for skilled technical workers, it has evolved into a professional education powerhouse that offers 20 graduate degrees, 14 bachelor’s degrees for traditional and post-traditional students, four associate’s degrees, and a plethora of non-degree courses and credentials.

NYUSPS is a thought leader, and serves as an incubator for new ideas in industries that are constantly changing, including real estate, real estate development, and construction management; hospitality, tourism, travel, and event management; global affairs and global security, conflict, and cybercrime; global sport and sports business; publishing; marketing; public relations; project management; executive coaching and organizational consulting, human resource management and development, and human capital analytics and technology; management and systems; translation; and professional writing. It is focused on building skills that open doors to opportunities in emerging fields and global markets. NYUSPS faculty members are leading experts in their areas of discipline, with a hands-on approach that encourages students to push beyond their limits and to break new ground.

Home to some of the largest and most prestigious industry conferences in the world, including the Schack Institute of Real Estate’s Capital Markets Conference, REIT Symposium, and National Symposium of Women in Real Estate; and the Jonathan M. Tisch Center’s International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, the School’s invaluable connections to industry leaders are a truly distinguishing factor in the education that it provides. Through career development services and resources provided by the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development at NYUSPS, guest lecturers, site visits, participation in numerous conferences and events, and Global Field Intensives, students benefit from an NYU education that will set them apart. In addition, they have the opportunity to learn from and network with more than 27,000 NYUSPS alumni who live, work, and contribute to innovation in industry around the world. To learn more, visit sps.nyu.edu.

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