Three titans of the hospitality and tourism industries will be recognized at Niagara University on Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Niagara's College of Hospitality and Tourism Management will honor Buffalo-born Jeremy M. Jacobs, Carsten K. Rath and Danilo Zucchetti during its 13th annual convocation, which begins at 4 p.m. in the university's Alumni Chapel.
The public is invited to attend.
Sponsored by the Maid of the Mist Corp., the convocation is the college's showcase event, during which it annually honors national and international leaders in the hospitality and tourism industry.
An honorary doctor of commercial science will be conferred on Jeremy M. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Delaware North Companies and owner of the NHL's Boston Bruins. Jacobs, who assumed ownership of Delaware North at age 28, has helped transform the company from a modest popcorn and peanuts vending business in Buffalo, into one of the world's leading hospitality and food service companies. The seven operating divisions that make up the Delaware North family of companies are responsible for more than $2.6 billion in annual revenue and employ 55,000-plus associates. Locally, Delaware North operates businesses in Niagara Falls State Park, First Niagara Center and at Ralph Wilson Stadium, among others.
Philanthropically, the Jacobs family has supported numerous causes, ranging from educational scholarships to environmental preserves and youth sports. Last year, the Jacobs family was named "Philanthropists of the Year" by two separate organizations.
Carsten K. Rath, founder and CEO of Lifestyle Hospitality and Entertainment Management, AG, will receive the college's International Hotel Developer Award. At age 47, Rath is already among the most accomplished entrepreneurs the hospitality industry has ever seen. In November 2003, he was named managing director of Robinson Club GmbH, Germany's leader in premium resort vacations. Two years later, Rath became board chairman of the Arabella Hotel Holding International and Arabella Starwood Hotels & Resorts. He is also a board member of Design Hotels.
As founder and CEO of Lifestyle Hospitality and Entertainment Management, AG, he oversaw construction of the futuristic Kameha Grand Bonn, a German resort that has received countless awards for design and innovation. Rath also maintains a lucrative career as a motivational speaker and lectures at the International University of Applied Sciences in Bad Honnef, Germany.
The International Hotelier of the Year Award will go to Danilo Zucchetti, managing director of the Villa d'Este, S.p.A. A graduate of the Hosta Hotel & Tourism School and the highly regarded Hotel Institute in Montreux, Zucchetti was named general manager of Villa d'Este in 2005. By January 2012, he took over as managing director of the Villa d'Este Group, succeeding the legendary Jean-Marc Droulers.
Zucchetti has been instrumental in placing dozens of NU students in summer internships in Lake Como over the past 10 years. In 2012, Virtuoso Travel Week named Zucchetti its Hotelier of the Year, an honor given to those who exemplify .a commitment to delivering exceptional experiences for clients.
For more information on the convocation, contact Dr. Gary Praetzel, dean of Niagara University's College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, at [email protected] or 716-286-8272.