One of Eli’s great traditions during the National Restaurant Association Show
is hosting a group of students and faculty members from the University of Denver
School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM). I am proud to be a
graduateof the University of Denver School of Business and always look forward
to the opportunity to meet with the current student and with Peter Rainsford,
the Director of the Program.
In 2001, I had the pleasure to return to DU as a participant in Master’s
Week. This is a time annually when a diverse group of graduates come back to DU
to reflect on their experience at DU and how it has impacted their career.
When I was at DU, Chancellor Ritchie and Peter Rainsford shared with me their
vision for a new hospitality school. At a time when DU was experiencing
unprecedented growth in facilities and student achivements, the HRTM School was
in an obsolete facility.
This year, when I met the travelling group from DU, they shared the photos of
the construction of the facility and its upcoming opening. The growth of the
facilities is exceeded by the growth in the enrollment and enthusiasm for the
program. Congratulations to Peter Rainsford and his team for bringing DU back to
the excellence in hospitality that it was long known for.
The HRTM Program at DU is part of the nationally known Daniels School of Business
The exterior of the new facility matches that of the landmarks of the University of Denver Campus.
Established in 1946, the School of Hotel, Restaurant and
Tourism Management (HRTM), part of the Daniels College of Business at the
University of Denver, prepares students for senior management positions in the
fast-changing and competitive hospitality industry. As an HRTM graduate, you
will possess knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in all aspects of
the hospitality and tourism business.
As one of the most prominent hotel programs in the nation,
the HRTM program enjoys a superb reputation for innovative educational programs.
The student-oriented faculty members are internationally recognized for their
contributions to teaching, research and publications in various hospitality
The Denver hospitality industry and the Colorado resort
industry are our laboratories. Vail, Aspen and other resorts provide our
students with the opportunity to gain valuable industry experience in our
management intern program.