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STR’s SHARE Center celebrates five-year anniversary of CHIA designation, presents two awards

August 23, 2017 Accolades No Comments Email Email

STR’s SHARE Center presented two awards during the July ICHRIE conference in Baltimore, while celebrating the five-year anniversary of the Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA) program.

The STR SHARE Center Founders Award for visionary leadership and inspiration in hospitality education was presented to Cynthia and Robert O’Halloran from East Carolina University. The O’Hallorans were instrumental in the creation and launch of the CHIA.

The STR SHARE Center Impact Award for unparalleled support of and contribution to hospitality education was presented to Reneta McCarthy and Cornell University, which has certified more than 1,100 students.

Steve Hood (left) presents Cynthia O’Halloran (middle) and Robert O’Halloran with the STR SHARE Center Founders Award. (Photo: Joe Powell)

Steve Hood (left) presents Reneta McCarthy with the STR SHARE Center Impact Award. (Photo: Joe Powell)

“In just a relatively short time we have seen phenomenal interest in the SHARE Center from hospitality and tourism programs around the world.  It has become such an important source of information and data for so many schools,” said Duane Vinson, vice president of STR and assistant director of the SHARE Center. “We are also thrilled with how the Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics has become an integral part of the training received by the next generation of young hoteliers, as well as its acceptance as an important learning opportunity by seasoned industry professionals.”

The following professors and universities were recognized for their significant contribution to industry relevant hospitality education:

Dan Mount               Pennsylvania State University

Brian Ferguson        Johnson and Wales University

Lea Dopson             California State Polytechnic University Pomona

Brian Miller               University of Delaware

Eric Beckman           Florida International University

Robert O’Halloran     East Carolina University

Stuart Pallister          Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

Leonard Jackson      Georgia State University

Baker Ayoun             Auburn University

Amrik Singh              University of Denver

Yoon Koh                  University of Houston

There are approximately 9,000 CHIA-certified students, professors and industry professionals. Approximately 200 schools offer the CHIA program, and 200 hotel and tourism companies use it.

“STR is delighted to be able to support hospitality and tourism students, professors and professionals when it comes to industry relevant education focused on analyzing and using data,” said Steve Hood, STR’s senior vice president of research and director of the SHARE Education Center.

More than $400,000 has been contributed toward academia related to the CHIA. Currently 750 schools in 65 countries are members of the STR SHARE Center.

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