September 28, 2022

NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality Will Host the 28th Annual Stephen W. Brener Distinguished Lecturer Series in Hospitality Management, Featuring Anthony “Tony” Capuano, CEO of Marriott International

Jonathan M. Tisch, Chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels & Co. and Co-Chairman of the Board of Loews Corporation, Will Interview Capuano about Leadership in Uncertain Times at the NY Marriott Marquis on October 17

NEW YORK, September 28, 2022—The NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality will present the Annual Stephen W. Brener Distinguished Lecturer Series in Hospitality Management, featuring guest speaker Anthony “Tony” Capuano, chief executive officer of Marriott International. The event will take place on Monday, October 17, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Astor Ballroom at the New York Marriott Marquis.

During the event, titled “Leadership Insights from the CEO of the World’s Largest Hotel Company,” Jonathan M. Tisch, chairman and chief executive officer of Loews Hotels & Co., co-chairman of the Board of Loews Corporation, and co-owner of the New York Giants, will lead an insightful conversation with Capuano about leadership in uncertain times. A reception will follow the discussion. Register for the Brener Lecturer Series on October 17.

Capuano presides over the world’s largest hospitality company and some of the most iconic brands in travel. He joined Marriott in 1995 and was instrumental in its steady growth over the years, which culminated in the acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in 2016. The company today has more than 8,000 properties across 139 countries and territories and 30 brands. It also has the travel industry’s largest customer-loyalty program, Marriott Bonvoy, which has more than 164 million members.

On February 15, 2021, Marriott International announced the unexpected passing of its visionary and charismatic president and CEO, Arne M. Sorenson. Shortly after, it announced that the board had appointed Capuano as chief executive officer.

In its official announcement, J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr., executive chairman and chairman of the board, Marriott International, said, “Tony has played a critical role in Marriott’s growth over the last decade. He will be a terrific leader as we continue to advance our growth strategy while also navigating the market dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic. He works thoughtfully and pragmatically with our owner and franchisee community and has been steadfast in ensuring Marriott delivers operational excellence and elevated customer experiences at our properties. Tony has a deep appreciation for Marriott’s thousands of associates who ultimately deliver on our customer and brand promise, and I know he will be a superb steward of our culture.”

During the talk, Capuano will share his perspective and experience having to follow in the footsteps of these two charismatic and successful leaders and deliver his insights on leadership in the hospitality industry.

Register for the Brener Lecturer Series on October 17.

COVID-19 Information
Visitors and vendors are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to have received a COVID-19 booster shot, and their proof of vaccination must be verified.

Vaccination Documentation Requirements

  • Vaccination exemption requests are not accepted at the door: The check-at-the-door process does not permit attendees to present test results as an alternative to proof of vaccination/booster.
  • Visitors must show a valid government-issued photo ID.
  • All visitors must show proof of being fully vaccinated and having received a booster when eligible, with an FDA- authorized or WHO-listed vaccine. Documentation must include the following information (in English): Name • Birthdate • Dates of each dose • Vaccine manufacturer for each dose

Current NYU faculty, students, and staff are required to display their ‘Violet Go’ pass for event access.

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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 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: Christopher Nassetta, president and chief executive officer, Hilton; Ian Schrager, founder and chairman of Ian Schrager Company; 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 NYU SPS Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality
The NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, now celebrating 27 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 global hospitality management, travel and 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. The Tisch Center recently launched the Hospitality Innovation Hub (HI Hub), which will foster entrepreneurship and creative solutions for the industries it serves. The state-of-the-art facilities offer students, start-ups, established industry partners, and investors opportunities to learn, discover, innovate, and invest.

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About the NYU School of Professional Studies
For more than 87 years, the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYU SPS) 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 22 graduate degrees, 14 bachelor’s degrees for traditional and degree completion students, four associate degrees, and a plethora of continuing education courses and credentials.

NYU SPS 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; financial planning; global affairs and global security, conflict, and cybercrime; global sport and sports business; publishing; executive marketing and strategic communications, integrated 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. NYU SPS 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 is 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 NYU SPS, 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 39,000 NYU SPS alumni who live, work, and contribute to innovation in industry around the world. To learn more about NYU SPS visit:

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