Fred Tibbitts & Associates
 Annual Award Recipients

The Awards are offered to individuals who have achieved excellence in their profession.

A scholarship in the name of each Award recipient is presented with the FTA Awards in New York and Hong Kong.  Each Award Recipient determines the school of higher hospitality education that will benefit from the scholarship in his name.
FTA Hospitality Awards for Excellence:
      2016 Tibbitts Hospitality Awards for Excellence:
Asia Pacific Operator Award Qian jin, President
Wanda Hotels & Resorts
Senior Vice President
Wanda Commercial Properties, Co.

Scholarship to Benefit: Beijing Hospitality Institute
Lifetime Award Wayne Buckingham, Senior Vice President Asia Pacific
Fairmont Raffles Hotels International

Scholarship to Benefit: At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy
North America Operator Award Henry Michaud, Vice President, Food & Beverage
Columbia Sussex Corp.

Scholarship to Benefit: Johnson & Wales University
Hospitality Educator Georges Halpern, MD., PhD
Honorary Professor, Culinary Arts
Faculty of Management & Hospitality
Vocational Training Council

Scholarship to Benefit: Technological & Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong
      2015 Tibbitts Hospitality Awards for Excellence:
Asia Pacific Operator Award Paul Richardson, Chief Operating Officer
Accor Greater China

Scholarship to Benefit: School of Hotel & Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Lifetime Award David Shackleton, Chief Operating Officer
Dusit International

Scholarship to Benefit: The Chinese University of Hong Kong
North America Operator Award Mark Shuda, Vice President of Food & Beverage
HEI Hotels & Resorts

Scholarship to Benefit: School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University
Hospitality Educator Michael McCall, Director
NAMA Endowed Professor in Hospitality Business
The School of Hospitality Business, Eli Broad College of Business
Michigan State University

Scholarship to Benefit: The School of Hospitality Business, Michigan State University
      2014 Tibbitts Hospitality Awards for Excellence:
North America Operator Award Stephen Blackburne, Senior Vice President – Operations, Americas, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Scholarship to benefit: School of Tourism & Hospitality Management, Temple University
Asia Pacific Operator Award Markland Blaiklock, Senior Vice President, Sofitel Asia Pacific

Scholarship to benefit: School of Hotel & Tourism Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Lifetime Award Larry Tchou, Group President Asia Pacific, Hyatt International
 
Hospitality Educator Nicholas Hadgis, Dean, School of Hospitality Management, Widener University (USA)

Scholarship to benefit: School of Hospitality Management, Widener University
FTA is awarding a scholarship equal to the others to: The School of Hotel & Tourism Management, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
      2013 Tibbitts Hospitality Awards for Excellence:
North America Operator Award Frank Sickelsmith, Vice President of Adult Beverage & Restaurant Development, HMSHost

Scholarship to benefit: The Culinary Institute of America
Asia Pacific Operator Award Amadeo Zarzosa, Director of Operations Resorts, Asia Australasia
InterContinental Hotels Group

Scholarship to benefit: At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy (Singapore)
Lifetime Award Lothar Pehl, Senior Vice President Operations & Global Initiatives
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific

Scholarship to benefit: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
IT Innovator Scholarship from Foodbuy for the University of Delaware
Hospitality Educator Rocco Angelo, Associate Dean & E.M. Statler Professor, Chapin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Florida International University

Scholarship to benefit: Chapin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
      2012 Tibbitts Hospitality Awards for Excellence:
North America Operator Award

Daniel Hoffman, Director, Equipment & Beverage Services, Global Operations Services, Marriott International Inc.

Asia Pacific Operator Award

A. Patrick Imbardelli, President & Chief Executive Officer, Pan Pacific Hotels Group

Lifetime Award

Julia Stewart, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, DineEquity, Inc. (Parent company of Applebee’s, and IHOP restaurants)

IT Innovator

CLK CLK, Inc. Award being accepted by Greg Demetri, CEO

Humanitarian

Dr. Joan Clos, Under-Secretary General and Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)

Executive Recruiter & Human Resources Leader

Benoit Gateau-Cumin, Chief Recruiting Officer, The Boutique Search Firm

      2011 Tibbitts Hospitality Awards for Excellence:
North America Operator Award Brian Abel, Vice President, Food & Beverage, North America, Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Asia Pacific Operator Award

Andreas Stalder, Vice President, Product & Brand Development, Hyatt International-Asia Pacific

Lifetime Award

Eric Long, General Manager, The Waldorf=Astoria

IT Innovator MICROS Systems, Inc., Accepted by Peter Rogers, Executive Vice President, Officer
Humanitarian

Robert Thurman, President, Tibet House US & Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Columbia University

      2010 Tibbitts Hospitality Awards for Excellence:
Literary Award New Western Cuisine Magazine, accepted by Richard Xu, Editor-in-Chief
North America Operator Award Paul Daly, Vice President of Food & Beverage, Hyatt Hotels North America
Asia Pacific Operator Award Martin Rinck, President - Asia Pacific, Hilton Worldwide
Lifetime Award Horst Schulze, Chairman & CEO, The West Paces Hotel Group
IT Innovator Visa, Inc., accepted by Desmond Docherty Senior Business Leader, Cross Product Services
Humanitarian Otto Weibel, Director of Kitchens, Swissotel The Stamford & Fairmont Singapore
and
Rudolf Muller, Executive Chef, Hong Kong Disneyland
      2009 Tibbitts Hospitality Awards for Excellence:
Literary Award HOTELS magazine, accepted by Jeffrey Weinstein, Editor in Chief
North America Operator Award Fernando Salazar, Vice President of Food & Beverage, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
Asia Pacific Operator Award Martin B. Jones, Vice President-Food & Beverage, Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts
Lifetime Award Michael Kaufman, Chairman, National Restaurant Association; Co-President, Enovo Restaurant Ventures LLC
IT Innovator IBM Retail Store Solutions, accepted by Alan Outlaw
Humanitarian Professor Poon Chung-kwong, President Emeritus, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (To be presented at the FTA Fall Dinner at Hong Kong)
      2008 Tibbitts Hospitality Awards for Excellence:
Literary Award
LifeStyle (China), accepted by Richard Xu, Editor in Chief
Operator Award Kevin Garvin, Vice President, Food Services, Neiman Marcus
Lifetime Award Niki Leondakis, Chief Operations Officer, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
IT Innovator Ingenico, accepted by Lisa Shipley
      2007 Tibbitts Hospitality Awards for Excellence:
Literary Award Cheers, accepted by Donna Hood Crecca, Editor
Humanitarian Award Andrew Jones, Guardian, Sanctuary Resorts
Operator Award Jean-Marc Jalbert, Corporate Director of Food & Beverage, ACCOR-North America
Lifetime Award Dick Rivera, President & CEO, Rubicon Enterprises, Inc.
IT Innovator
Agilysys, Inc., accepted by Bob Bailey, Executive Vice President
      2006 Tibbitts Hospitality Awards for Excellence:
Literary Award Hotel F&B Executive, accepted by Margaret Rose Caro, Editor-in-Chief
Humanitarian Award Professor Kam-hon Lee, Director, School of Hotel and Tourism Management, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Operator Award Roger Taylor, Vice President of Food & Beverage,
Columbia Sussex Corporation
Lifetime Award Dick Cattani, President, Restaurant Associates
IT Innovator Beverage Metrics, accepted by David Teller, President & CEO
      2005 Tibbitts Hospitality Awards for Excellence:
Literary Award Oxford Publishing, accepted by Ed Meek, President & CEO
Humanitarian Award Reggie Shiu (in memoriam), (formerly) Senior Vice President, ACCOR-Asia
Operator Award George Vizer, (formerly) Vice President of Food & Beverage, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, (presently) General Manager, Grand Hyatt DFW
      2004 Tibbitts Hospitality Awards for Excellence:
Supplier Award Raymond Vineyard & Cellar
Literary Award Hotel Asia Pacific, accepted by Steve Shellum, Founder & Publisher
Operator Award MPS Puri, General Manager, The Setai, South Beach,
Vice President, GHM Hotels, The Americas
Humanitarian Award Kevin Murphy, Senior Vice President, Development,
Langham Hotels International
Lifetime Award Kenneth D. Hill, Director, Uno Restaurant Holding Corp.
      2003 Tibbitts Hospitality Awards for Excellence:
Supplier Award William Grant & Sons
Literary Award Gostelow Report, accepted by Mary Gostelow
Operator Award Peter Wyss, Restaurant Associates
Humanitarian Award Professor Kaye Chon, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
      2002 Tibbitts Hospitality Awards for Excellence:
Supplier Award Future Brands LLC
Literary Award National Restaurant News, accepted by Roger J. Friedman
Operator Award Gerard Van Grinsven, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
Humanitarian Award Ambrose Cheung, Philip KH Wong, Kennedy YH Wong & Co.
      2001 Tibbitts Hospitality Awards for Excellence:
Supplier Award Vina Luis Felipe Edwards
Literary Award Food Arts, accepted by Ariane and Michael Batterberry
Operator Award Curtis Nelson, Carlson Companies
Humanitarian Award Madame Annie S.C. Wu, World Trade Centers Association
      2000 Tibbitts Hospitality Awards for Excellence:
Supplier Award Rosemount Estates
Literary Award Michael F. Charlton
Operator Award Philip Kendall, Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Humanitarian Award Dieter Hannig, Walt Disney World
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      1999 Tibbitts Hospitality Awards for Excellence:
Supplier Award Michael's Cookies
Literary Award Gostelow Enterprises, accepted by Mary Gostelow
Operator Award Paul R. Ryan, DoubleTree Hotels & Resorts
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      1998 Tibbitts Hospitality Awards for Excellence:
Supplier Award Rodney Strong Vineyards
Literary Award Professional Cooking, Professional Baking, accepted by Wayne Gisslen
Operator Award Donald Stanczak, Interstate Hotels & Resorts
      1997 Tibbitts Hospitality Awards for Excellence:
Supplier Award Jean-Michel Cazes, Chateau Lynch Bages
Operator Award Kurt H. Fischer, Westin Hotels & Resorts
      1996 Tibbitts Hospitality Awards for Excellence:
Operator Award Tim Gannon, Outback Steakhouse
      1995 Tibbitts Hospitality Awards for Excellence:
Operator Award Ruth Fertel, Ruth's Chris Steak House