Media Contact: Fred Tibbitts, Jr.

8 March 2012

 

FRED TIBBITTS & ASSOCIATES SIXTEENTH ANNUAL

“A Spring Evening in New York with Very Special Friends”

The MetLife Building in The Vanderbilt Suites 6 March 2012

 

New York City – The Sixteenth Annual FTA “A Spring Evening in New York with Very Special Friends” at The MetLife Building in The Vanderbilt Suites proved to be another memorable event for the eighty guests, who included three of the FTA 2012 honorees, hotel and restaurant senior executives, vice presidents, managing directors, industry VIP’s, industry press and sponsors.

 

The reception was trade show style, showcasing the products and services of the sponsors.  All guests were formally announced.

 

The four-course gala dinner brought Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO of Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc. to the podium, who welcomed the guests and within his opening remarks, urged one and all to do more for those less fortunate.  Tibbitts then called for a Buddhist prayer by the Venerable Khenpo Pema Wangdak, Director, Vikramasila Foundation who both spoke and chanted with deep abiding serenity in Tibetan and then translated into English.

 

The nine Loyalty Toasts by several of the dinner’s VIP’s, including Eric Long, General Manager,

The Waldorf = Astoria; Cecilia Martinez, Director – New York Office, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT); Xinggen Wang, Senior Advisor, UN & Intergovernmental Affairs Governance, UN & Multilateral Affairs UNICEF; Ronald Robinson, Career Development Officer for Senior Officers, United States Department of State; Cynthia Griffin, Regional Director-Western Hemisphere, U.S. Commercial Service, United States Department of Commerce; Kenneth Hill, President, Kenneth Hill & Associates; Brad Aldrich, Vice President, Trade Relations, American Hotel & Lodging Association; Lou Trope, Vice President of Restaurants & Bars, Marriott International and Humphry Rolleston, External Relations Manager, McKinsey & Company.

 

Fred Tibbitts asked the Venerable Khenpo Pema Wangdak, Director, Vikramasila Foundation to come forward to be presented by Tibbitts with a donation of $500.00 from the dinner proceeds for the benefit of Khenpo Pema’s work with Tibetan refugee youths in Nepal and India through Tibet House U.S.  Standing with Wangdak and Tibbitts were the FTA banking relationship managers, Diane Pedrosa-Sciacca, Vice President & Senior Premier Relationship Manager, HSBC Bank U.S., N.A. and Troy Worrell, Business Banking Specialist, HSBC U.S., N. A.

 

The 2012 FTA Hospitality Awards for Excellence were announced as follows:

 

2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an Executive Recruiter &

Human Resources Leader

Benoit Gateau-Cumin, Chief Recruiting Officer,

The Boutique Search Firm

 

2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an Operator – Asia Pacific

A. Patrick Imbardelli, President & Chief Executive Officer

Pan Pacific Hotels Group

Recognition Accepted by

David Sullivan, General Manager, Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle

 

2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Lifetime Excellence

Julia Stewart, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, DineEquity, Inc.

(Parent company of Applebee’s and IHOP restaurants)

Recognition accepted by

Kenneth Hill, President, Kenneth Hill & Associates

 

2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an IT Innovator

CLKclk, Inc.

Greg Demetri, CEO

Personal Comments by

Jonathan Pryor

Director of Sales, Hospitality Solutions Group, Agilysys

 

2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as a Humanitarian

Dr. Joan Clos, MD

Under Secretary-General and Executive Director

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)

Recognition Accepted by

Cecilia Martinez, Director – New York Office,

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)

 

2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an Operator – North America

Dan Hoffman, Director, Equipment & Beverage Specifications

Global Operations Services Food & Beverage, Marriott International

Personal Comments by

Lou Trope, Vice President of Restaurants & Bars, Marriott International

 

The 2012 FTA Hospitality Awards for Excellence will be presented along with scholarships in the names of those whom we honor for those based in Asia Pacific at Hong Kong on 9 October at The Langham, Hong Kong and for those based in North America at New York City at The MetLife Building in The Vanderbilt Suites on 13 November.

 

The menu was superbly crafted and the dinner skillfully prepared by Director, Executive Chef, Franck Deletrain, Patina Restaurant Group; while the wines were artfully paired by famed New York wine educator, Harriet Lembeck, CEO, Wine & Spirits Program.  Phillips Foods served their many of their most popular seafood specialties and famous crab at the reception as well as for the dinner First Course, “Phillips Colossal Lump Crabmeat”; Strassburger Meats served their Prime Filet of Beef as well as their “Suzy Sirloin” Berkshire Pork at the reception; as did Albert Uster Imports serve their delicious, imported finger food specialties at the reception.

 

Fred Tibbitts & Associates is a social entrepreneurship and the leading global wine, spirits and related services consulting agency for National Account chain hotels, restaurants and event management companies, based at Menands, New York and Bangkok, Thailand.

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12nyspring_013 - (L-R) Annette Mayr-Nowe, Sales Operations Manager, Albert Uster Imports; Jacqueline Lombardi, New York District Manager, Albert Uster Imports; and Sergio Mueller, Product Specialist, Albert Uster Imports at their reception table space on behalf of Ronnefeldt Tea at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_026 - (L-R) Liza Pisciotta, Brand Manager, W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd.; and Jennifer Acio, Brand Manager, W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd. at their reception table space on behalf of Diego Zamora Wines at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_029 - (L-R) Suzanne Strassburger, President, Strassburger Meats; Andrea Werbel, Founder & Director, Parasol; and Andrea Strassburger, Vice President, Strassburger Meats at their reception table space at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_032 - Jonathan Lek, Managing Director, Luzerne UK Ltd. at his reception table space at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_042 - Roy Smith, National Account Executive, Travel, Retail & Leisure, MillerCoors at his reception table space at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_046 - Jose Cano, National Account Manager ? On Premise, The Boston Beer Company at his reception table space at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_056 - The Albert Uster Imports reception buffet table featuring several of their most popular finger foods at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring dinner




12nyspring_061 - The Phillips Foods reception buffet table featuring several of their most popular seafood specialty foods at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_066 - The Announcer, Joe Torello at the entrance to the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner reception




12nyspring_070 - (L-R) AJ Kramer, Director of Market Development, Concierge by Foodbuy; and Jennifer Taylor, Marketing Assistant, Concierge by Foodbuy at the reception of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_076 - (L-R) Justice Figueras, Business Development Manager, New York City Hotels, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates; and Maureen Kennedy, Director Global Accounts ? Hotels, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates at their reception table space at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_071 - (L-R) Pamela McConnell, Major Account Executive, Agilysys; and Jason Floyd, Director of Business Development,




12nyspring_081 - (L-R) Jean-Francois Bonnet, Executive Pastry Chef/Partner, Tumbador Chocolate; and Lisa Ainbinder, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Tumbador Chocolate at their reception table space at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_082 - (L-R) Scott Nadeau, General Manager, New York Marriott Marquis; Michael Blomquist, Director of the View Complex, New York Marriott Marquis; and Patricia Franco, Director of Restaurant Operations, New York Marriott Marquis at the reception of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_087 - (L-R) Carolyn White, Director of National Accounts ? Hotels, Trinchero Family Estates; and Alyson Andersen, National Account Manager ? Hotels, Republic National Distributing Co. at their reception table space at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_091 - (L-R) Lou Trope, Vice President, Restaurants & Bars, Global Operations Services, Marriott International, Inc.; Laddie Weiss, President, Weiss Foodservice Visions, Inc.; Dan Hoffman, Director, Equipment & Beverage Specifications, Global Operations Services Food & Beverage, Marriott International, Inc. at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_101 - (L-R) Yono Purnomo, Chef/Owner, Wine and Dine Group LLC; Beverly Stephen, Executive Editor, Food Arts; and Benoit Gateau-Cumin, Chief Recruiting Officer, The Boutique Search Firm at the reception of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_105 - (L-R) Kurt Wilson, Senior National Accounts Manager, The Boston Beer Company; Jose Cano, National Account Manager ? On Premise, The Boston Beer Company; and Brad Aldrich, Vice President, Trade Relations, American Hotel & Lodging Association at the reception of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_108 - Jay Allie, Stoelzle Specialist, Anchor-Hocking at his reception table space at the 2012 FTA NYC Dinner




12nyspring_112 - John Arden, Regional Manager New York, Les Vins Gerard Bertrand at his reception table space at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_121 - Lou Trope, Vice President, Restaurants and Bars, Global Operations Services, Marriott International, Inc.; Greg Cocchiarella, Assistant Vice President, Global Accounts, Ecolab; and Foster Sullivan, Stoelzle at the reception of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_124 - Scott Geraghty, Vice President & General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park; and Greg Mendoza, General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton New York Battery Park at the reception of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_134 - (L-R) Sam Haigh, President, Trybin Hospitality Corporation; Bill Slone, Chairman & CEO, Beverage Media Group; and Harriet Lembeck, CEO, Wine & Spirits Program at the reception of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_138 - (L-R) Xinggen Wang, Senior Advisor, UN & Intergovernmental Affairs Governance, UN & Multilateral Affairs UNICEF; and Cecilia Martinez, Director, New York Office, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) at the reception of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_140 - (L-R) Jeffrey Bartfield, Vice President, National Accounts, Proximo Spirits Co.; Neil Kaplan, National Accounts Manager, Patron Spirits; and John Niekrash, Vice President, National Accounts On Premise, Proximo Spirits Co. at the reception of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_167 - (L-R) Lou Trope, Vice President, Restaurants and Bars, Global Operations Services, Marriott International, Inc.; John Niekrash, Vice President, National Accounts On Premise, Proximo Spirits Co.; Jeffrey Bartfield, Vice President, National Accounts, Proximo Spirits Co.; and Patricia Franco, Director of Restaurant Operations, New York Marriott Marquis at the reception of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_168 - (L-R) Neil Kaplan, National Accounts Manager, Patron Spirits; Dan Hoffman, Director, Equipment & Beverage Specifications, Global Operations Services Food & Beverage, Marriott International, Inc.; and Greg Cocchiarella, Assistant Vice President, Global Accounts, Ecolab at the reception of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_172 - (L-R) Khenpo Pema Wangdak, Director, Vikramasila Foundation; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; Diane Pedrosa-Sciacca, Vice President, Senior Premier Relationship Manager, HSBC Bank U.S., N.A.; and Troy Worrell, Business Banking Specialist, HSBC U.S., N.A. at the reception of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_174 - (L-R) Ryan Joyce, Director of Development, Camp Dudley YMCA, Inc.; and David Sullivan, General Manager, Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle at the reception of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_178 - (L-R) Charles LaMonica, Executive Vice President, Restaurant Associates; Maureen Kennedy, Director Global Accounts ? Hotels, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Bill Slone, Chairman & CEO, Beverage Media Group at the reception of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_185 - (L-R) Andrew Coggins, Clinical Professor, Management Science Department, Lubins School of Business, Pace University; Cynthia Griffin, Regional Director-Western Hemisphere, U.S. Commercial Service, United States Department of Commerce; Ronald Robinson, Career Development Officer for Senior Officers, United States Department of State; Diane Pedrosa-Sciacca, Vice President, Senior Premier Relationship Manager, HSBC Bank U.S., N.A.; and Troy Worrell, Business Banking Specialist, HSBC U.S., N.A. at the reception of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_190 - FTA Reception at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_192 - FTA Reception & Dining Room at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_193 - (L-R) Ron Cichy, Director & Professor, The School of Hospitality Business, Michigan State University; Shelley Cichy, Michigan State University; Khenpo Pema Wangdak, Director, Vikramasila Foundation; and Xinggen Wang, Senior Advisor, UN & Intergovernmental Affairs Governance and UN & Multilateral Affairs UNICEF at the reception of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_196 - FTA Dinner guests seated at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_226 - Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc. at the dinner podium at the start of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_254 - Eric Long, General Manager, The Waldorf = Astoria proposing his dinner toast at the start of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_256 - Cecilia Martinez, Director ? New York Office, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) proposes her dinner toast at the start of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_272 - Xinggen Wang, Senior Advisor, UN & Intergovernmental Affairs Governance and UN & Multilateral Affairs UNICEF proposing his dinner toast at the start of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_286 - Ronald Robinson, Career Development Officer for Senior Officers, United States Department of State proposes his dinner toast at the start of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_296 - Cynthia Griffin, Regional Director-Western Hemisphere, U.S. Commercial Service, United States Department of Commerce proposing her dinner toast at the start of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_307 - Kenneth Hill, President, Kenneth Hill & Associates proposes his dinner toast at the start of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_324 - Brad Aldrich, Vice President, Trade Relations, American Hotel & Lodging Association proposes his dinner toast at the start of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_329 - Lou Trope, Vice President, Restaurants and Bars, Global Operations Services, Marriott International, Inc. proposes his dinner toast at the start of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_336 - Humphry Rolleston, External Relations Manager, McKinsey & Company proposes his dinner toast at the start of the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_366 - Khenpo Pema Wangdak, Director, Vikramasila Foundation says and chants a Buddhist prayer in Tibetan at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_369 - FTA makes a charitable Contribution to benefit the Vikramasila Foundation for Tibetan Buddhist monastic schools in India and Nepal via Tibet House from a portion of the dinner proceeds: (L-R) Troy Worrell, Business Banking Specialist, HSBC U.S., N.A.; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; Khenpo Pema Wangdak, Director, Vikramasila Foundation; and Diane Pedrosa-Sciacca, Vice President, Senior Premier Relationship Manager, HSBC U.S., N.A. at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_386 - (L-R) Diane Pedrosa-Sciacca, Vice President, Senior Premier Relationship Manager, HSBC U.S., N.A.; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Troy Worrell, Business Banking Specialist, HSBC U.S., N.A. at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_389 - (L-R) Ellen Koteff, Editor, Restaurant Management; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Roy Smith, National Account Executive, Travel, Retail & Leisure, MillerCoors at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_391 - (L-R) Kurt Wilson, Senior National Accounts Manager, The Boston Beer Company; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Jose Cano, National Account Manager ? On Premise, The Boston Beer Company at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_393 - (L-R) Harriet Lembeck, CEO, Wine & Spirits Program; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Bill Lembeck, COO, Wine & Spirits Program at the 2011 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_395 - (L-R) Ed Korry, Department Chairman, College of Culinary Arts, Johnson & Wales University; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; Mary Ellen Griffin, Partner, Continental Consulting Group; and Arno Schmidt, President, Arno Schmidt Enterprises at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_397 - (L-R) Andrew Coggins, Clinical Professor, Management Science Department, Lubins School of Business, Pace University; Felicia Schroeder, Partner, TSP International; and Humphry Rolleston, External Relations Manager, McKinsey & Company at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_399 - (L-R) Jean-Francois Bonnet, Executive Pastry Chef/Partner, Tumbador Chocolate; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Lisa Ainbinder, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Tumbador Chocolate at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_401 - Jennifer Taylor, Marketing Assistant, Concierge by Foodbuy; AJ Kramer, Director of Market Development, Concierge by Foodbuy; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and David Sullivan, General Manager, Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_402 - Jennifer Acio, Brand Manager, W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Ltd.; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Liza Pisciotta, Brand Manager, W.J. Deutsch & Sons, Inc. at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_405 - (L-R) Benoit Gateau-Cumin, Chief Recruiting Officer, The Boutique Search Firm; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Rocco Angelo, Associate Dean & E.M. Statler Professor, Chapin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_407 - (L-R) Greg Mendoza, General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Scott Geraghty, Vice President & General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_409 - (L-R) John Arden, Regional Manager New York, Les Vins Gerard Bertrand; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Jonathan Pryor, Director of Sales, Agilysys at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_410 - (L-R) Cynthia Griffin, Regional Director-Western Hemisphere, U.S. Commercial Services, United States Department of Commerce; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Ronald Robinson, Career Development Officer for Senior Officers, United States Department of State at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_413 - (L-R) Ron Cichy, Director & Professor, The School of Hospitality Business, Michigan State University; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Shelley Cichy, Michigan State University at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_415 - (L-R) Khenpo Pema Wangdak, Director, Vikramasila Foundation; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Kenneth Hill, President, Kenneth Hill & Associates at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_417 - (L-R) Sam Haigh, President, Trybin Hospitality Corporation; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Xinggen Wang, Senior Advisor, UN & Intergovernmental Affairs Governance and UN & Multilateral Affairs UNICEF at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_419 - (L-R) Alistair Pine, Director of Operations ? North America, Les Vins Gerard Bertrand; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and John Arden, Regional Manager New York, Les Vins Gerard Bertrand at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_421 - (L-R) Yono Purnomo, Chef/Owner, Wine and Dine Group LLC; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Charlie Forman, Executive Vice President & Group Publisher, M2MEDIA at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_423 - (L-R) Alyson Andersen, National Account Manager ? Hotels, Republic National Distributing Co.; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Carolyn White, Director of National Accounts ? Hotels, Trinchero Family Estates at the 2011 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_425 - (L-R) Robert Nelson, Associate Professor, School of Hotel, Restaurant & Institutional Management, University of Delaware; Neil Kaplan, National Accounts Manager, Patron Spirits; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Marc Sachs, President, Marc Sachs Consulting at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_427 - (L-R) Jacqueline Lombard, New York District Manager, Albert Uster Imports; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Charles LaMonica, Executive Vice President, Restaurant Associates at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_429 - (L-R) Sergio Mueller, Product Specialist, Albert Uster Imports; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts




12nyspring_431 - (L-R) Annette Mayr-Nowe, Sales Operations Manager, Albert Uster Imports; Suzanne Strassburger, President, Strassburger Meats; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Cynthia Campbell, Andrei Jackamets Photography at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_433 - (L-R) Lou Trope, Vice President of Restaurants & Bars, Global Operations Services, Marriott International, Inc.; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Scott Nadeau, General Manager, New York Marriott Marquis at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_435 - (L-R) Eric Long, General Manager, The Waldorf = Astoria; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Greg Cocchiarella, Assistant Vice President, Global Accounts, Ecolab at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_437 - (R-L) Michael Blomquist, Director of the View Complex, New York Marriott Marquis; Patricia Franco, Director of Restaurant Operations, New York Marriott Marquis; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Rene Matos, Director of Beverage, New York Marriott Marquis at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_440 - (L-R) George McNeill, Director of Food & Beverage, New York Marriott Marquis; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Dan Hoffman, Director, Equipment & Beverage Specifications, Global Operations Services Food & Beverage, Marriott International, Inc. at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_442 - (L-R) Maureen Kennedy, Director Global Accounts ? Hotels, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and John Niekrash, Vice President, National Accounts, Proximo Spirits Co. at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_444 - (L-R) Foster Sullivan, Stoelzle; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Justice Figueras, Business Development Manager, New York City Hotels, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_446 - (L-R) Rene Balin, General Manager, MML Group, Inc.; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Jay Allie, Stoelzle Specialist, Anchor-Hocking at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_448 - (L-R) Patrick McGinn, Account Manager, Marriott International, iMi Agency; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Jeffrey Bartfield, Vice President, National Accounts, Proximo Spirits Co. at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_450 - (L-R) Jason Floyd, Director of Business Development, Agilysys; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Patrick Augustyn, Executive Chef, Marriott Teaneck at Glenpointe Hotel at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_452 - (L-R) Geoffrey Alan Mills, Managing Director, N.A., Yotel New York; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Pamela McConnell, Major Account Executive, Agilysys at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_454 - (L-R) Greg Demetri, CEO, CLKclk, Inc.; Brad Aldrich, Vice President, Trade Relations, American Hotel & Lodging Association; Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and James Heisey, Executive Director of Development, The Culinary Institute of America at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_456 - (L-R) Benoit Gateau-Cumin, Chief Recruiting Officer, The Boutique Search Firm; Ron Cichy, Director & Professor, The School of Hospitality Business, Michigan State University; and Rocco Angelo, Associate Dean & E.M. Statler Professor, Chapin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Florida International University at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_457 - (L-R) Jonathan Pryor, Director of Sales, Agilysys; Greg Mendoza, General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park; and Scott Geraghty, Vice President & General Manager, The Ritz-Carlton New York Central Park at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_462 - Benoit Gateau-Cumin, Chief Recruiting Officer, The Boutique Search Firm accepts his recognition on being named the Recipient of the 2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an Executive Recruiter & Human Resources Leader at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner. The award trophy and the scholarship in his name at The School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University will both be presented to him at the 2012 FTA NYC Fall North America Awards Dinner on Tuesday 13 November at the New York International Hotel-Restaurant Show at The MetLife Building in The Vanderbilt Suites




12nyspring_472 - David Sullivan, General Manager, Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle accepts the recognition on behalf of A. Patrick Imbardelli, President & Chief Executive Officer, Pan Pacific Hotels Group on Imbardelli being named the Recipient of the 2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an Operator ? Asia Pacific at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner. The award trophy and the scholarship in Imbardelli?s name at the Cornell-Nanyang Institute at Singapore will both be presented to Imbardelli at the 2012 FTA Fall Asia Pacific Awards Dinner at Hong Kong on Tuesday 9 October at The Langham, Hong Kong




12nyspring_475 - Kenneth Hill, President, Kenneth Hill & Associates accepts the recognition on behalf of Julia Stewart, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, DineEquity, Inc. (Parent company of Applebee?s and IHOP restaurants) on Stewart being named the Recipient of the 2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Lifetime Excellence at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner. The award trophy and scholarship in Stewart?s name at Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte Campus will both be presented to Stewart at the 2012 FTA NYC Fall North America Awards Dinner on Tuesday 13 November at the New York International Hotel-Restaurant Show at The MetLife Building in The Vanderbilt Suites




12nyspring_481 - Greg Demetri, CEO, CLKclk, Inc. accepts the recognition on behalf of his company, CLKclk, Inc. on CLKclk, Inc. being named the Recipient of the 2012 FTA Hospitality Award for IT Innovation at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner. The award trophy and the scholarship in Clkclk, Inc.?s name at The Culinary Institute of America, Singapore will both be presented to Demetri at the 2012 FTA Fall Asia Pacific Awards Dinner at Hong Kong on Tuesday 9 October at The Langham, Hong Kong




12nyspring_484 - Cecilia Martinez, Director ? New York Office, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) accepts the recognition on behalf of Dr. Joan Clos, MD, Under Secretary-General and Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) on Dr. Clos being named the Recipient of the 2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as a Humanitarian at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner. The award trophy and the scholarship in his name at The School of Urban Planning, The Technology Change Laboratory, Columbia University will both be presented to Dr. Clos at the 2012 FTA NYC Fall North America Awards Dinner on Tuesday 13 November at the New York International Hotel-Restaurant Show at The MetLife Building in The Vanderbilt Suites




12nyspring_489 - Lou Trope, Vice President, Restaurants and Bars, Global Operations Services, Marriott International, Inc. speaks with great admiration about his associate, Dan Hoffman, Director, Equipment & Beverage Specifications, Global Operations Services Food & Beverage, Marriott International, Inc. on Hoffman being named the Recipient of the 2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an Operator ? North America at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_493 - Dan Hoffman, Director, Equipment & Beverage Specifications, Global Operations Services Food & Beverage, Marriott International, Inc. accepts the recognition on being named the Recipient of the 2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an Operator ? North America at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner. The award trophy and the scholarship in Hoffman?s name at The School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University will both be presented to Hoffman at the 2012 FTA NYC Fall North America Awards Dinner on Tuesday 13 November at the New York International Hotel-Restaurant Show at The MetLife Building in The Vanderbilt Suites




12nyspring_497 - Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; Dan Hoffman, Director, Equipment & Beverage Specifications, Global Operations Services Food & Beverage, Marriott International, Inc.; and Lou Trope, Vice President, Restaurants & Bars, Global Operations Services, Marriott International, Inc. after Hoffman was named the Recipient of the 2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an Operator ? North America at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_508 - Jonathan Pryor, Director of Sales, Agilysys introduces and talks about CLKclk, Inc. and Greg Demetri, CEO, CLKclk, Inc. on CLKclk, Inc. being named the Recipient of the 2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an IT Innovator at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_509 - Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; Greg Demetri, CEO, CLKclk, Inc.; and Jonathan Pryor, Director of Sales, Agilysys after CLKclk, Inc. was named the Recipient of the 2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an IT Innovator at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_514 - Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Kenneth Hill, President, Kenneth Hill & Associates, Inc., who accepted the recognition on behalf of Julia Stewart, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, DineEquity, Inc. (Parent company of Applebee?s and IHOP restaurants) on Stewart being named the Recipient of the 2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Lifetime Excellence at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_516 - Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and David Sullivan, General Manager, Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle who accepted the recognition on behalf of A. Patrick Imbardelli, President & Chief Executive Officer, Pan Pacific Hotels Group on Imbardelli being named the Recipient of the 2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an Operator ? Asia Pacific at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_520 - Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Benoit Gateau-Cumin, Chief Recruiting Officer, The Boutique Search Firm on Gateau-Cumin being named the Recipient of the 2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an Executive Recruiter & Human Resources Leader at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_522 - Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc.; and Cecilia Martinez, Director ? New York Office, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) who accepted the recognition on behalf of Dr. Joan Clos, MD, Under Secretary-General and Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) on Dr. Clos being named the Recipient of the 2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an Humanitarian at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_527 - Dan Hoffman, Director, Equipment & Beverage Specifications, Global Operations Services Food & Beverage, Marriott International, Inc. with many of his colleagues and Marriott Supplier Partners on Hoffman being named the Recipient of the 2012 FTA Hospitality Award for Excellence as an Operator ? North America at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_533 - Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc. with Harriet Lembeck, CEO, Wine & Spirits Program after she explained to the assembled guests at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner her reasoning for how and why she paired and ordered the wines with the dinner menu for the evening




12nyspring_536 - Harriet Lembeck, CEO, Wine & Spirits Program with Dan Hoffman, Director, Equipment & Beverage Specifications, Global Operations Services Food & Beverage, Marriott International, Inc. at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner




12nyspring_538 - Fred Tibbitts, Jr., President & CEO, Fred Tibbitts & Associates, Inc. with Jean-Francois Bonnet, Executive Pastry Chef/Partner at the 2012 FTA NYC Spring Dinner