Eye on Hospitality: WSU Hospitality School Hall of Fame Honors Industry Stars

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By Paul Schlienz

Washington State University’s School of Hospitality Business Management will celebrate its 85th anniversary with a gala event, honoring some of its top alumni who have contributed to the industry over the years.

Established in 1932, the school ranks eighth among all hospitality programs in the U.S. Additionally, the school has the No. 1 U.S. online hospitality program, in 2017, according to TheBestSchools.org.

“We’re an operationally-based program housed in an accredited college of business,” said Nancy Swanger, the school’s director and associate dean of WSU’s Carson College of Business. “This makes us unique because our students come out with a great business foundation in addition to theoretical coursework. We also require 1,000 hours of paid hospitality industry experience. This makes for a great grad with lots of transferrable skills.”

Among the honorees to be inducted into the school’s hall of fame are Jerry Burtenshaw, Tom Drumheller and Craig Schafer.

Burtenshaw, who graduated from the school in 1956, founded ABC Services Inc. and Alpine-Burtco, an international catering and concessions company that operated at the Kingdome, the Tacoma Dome and Husky Stadium. He has received numerous honors and awards including the WSU’s Alumni Achievement Award, induction into the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s College of Diplomates, the Washington Restaurant Association’s Hospitality Man of the Year and the Carson College of Business’s Dean’s Distinguished Leadership Award. The Washington Hospitality Association named its lifetime achievement award for restaurateurs in Burtenshaw’s honor.

Drumheller is a 1975 graduate of the school. A Washington Hospitality Association member, he worked in the hotel and restaurant industry for 25 years before establishing his own business and becoming CEO of Escape Lodging, a builder of luxury hotels with innovative architecture and smart design. Collectively, Drumheller has 34 years of extensive experience in administration, operation and development of unique hotel and restaurant properties. He is committed to exceeding guest expectations and managing profitability. He serves on the Carson College of Business National Board of Advisors member, and on City of Edmonds Lodging Tax Advisory Council from 2002 to 2010. He and his family invest in multiple hotels on the West Coast.

A 1976 WSU grad and a Washington Hospitality Association member, Schafer began his career in Westin Hotels’ management training program, later earning an MBA from the University of Puget Sound. He went on to work as a consultant for a major accounting firm that performed feasibility studies and appraisals for hotel developers. In 1985, he founded Colliers International Hotel Realty, and was president for 15 years. In 1992, he began buying, repositioning and selling distressed hotels. Currently, he owns the Hotel Andra and the Inn at the Market, both in Seattle.

Congratulations to the honorees!

The School of Hospitality Business Management will celebrate its 85th anniversary at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, in the CUB senior ballroom on WSU’s Pullman campus. Registration is $85 and is available online or by calling 509.335.5766 until 5 p.m., Friday, March 3.

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