Four Members Inducted into WSU Hospitality Hall of Fame

Four Members Inducted into WSU Hospitality Hall of Fame

The Washington State University School of Hospitality inducted 11 graduates into the Hospitality Hall of Fame on March 24 in Pullman, Wash.

These inductees are graduates of the hospitality program and have given back to the growth and success of the hospitality industry.

Four of these inductees are association members, Chris Burdett, Jerry Burtenshaw, Tom Drumheller and Craig Schafer.

Some of their many accomplishments are recognized below.

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With more than 25 years of varied experience in the hospitality and franchise industries, Burdett has participated in more than $2 billion worth of hospitality law cases and related activities. He has spent time with Marriott International, the Chambers Group, PKF Capital Advisors, Colliers International Hotels and currently CBRE Hotels. He has held several positions with WSU including: School of Hospitality Business Management Advisory Board member 2004-present, Board Chair 2010-2012; Carson College of Business National Board of Advisors member 2005-present, Board Chair 2015-present; City of Edmonds Lodging Tax Advisory Council 2002-2010.


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Burtenshaw learned the restaurant business from his parents and opened several restaurants throughout the Pacific Northwest. He later founded ABC Services Inc. and Alpine-Burtco, an international catering and concessions company that was the concessionaire for the Kingdome, the Tacoma Dome and Husky Stadium. He has received honors and awards including the Washington Restaurant Association’s Hospitality Man of the Year, WSU’s Alumni Achievement Award, induction into the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s College of Diplomates and the Carson College of Business’s Dean’s Distinguished Leadership Award. He also established the Calvin Brett Burtenshaw Memorial Scholarship and the Burtenshaw Distinguished Lecture Series in honor of his late son.

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Drumheller was recruited and accepted into the Hyatt Hotel Management Training Program after graduating. It set the foundation of his philosophy toward the hotel and restaurant industry, where he worked for 25 years, before establishing his own business and becoming CEO of Escape Lodging. Collectively, Drumheller has 34 years of extensive experience in administration, operation and development of unique hotel and restaurant properties. He serves on the Carson College of Business National Board of Advisors.


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Schafer began his career in Westin Hotels’ management training program. He earned an MBA from the University of Puget Sound in 1980 and worked as a consultant for a major accounting firm performing feasibility studies and appraisals for hotel developers. He founded Colliers International Hotel Realty in 1985 and was president for 15 years. In 1992, he and business partner Alan Battersby began buying, re-positioning and selling distressed hotels in several Pacific Northwest markets. Today he owns two award-winning hotels in Seattle: Hotel Andra and the Inn at the Market.


Biographies from Washington State University. Learn more about these inductees and the others here.

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