The Collins College Of Hospitality Management

Richard N. Frank Distinguished Lectureship


Gregg PattersonThe 2018 installment of the Richard N. Frank Distinguished Lectureship Series will take place on January 30th, 2017.


Gregg Patterson
General Manager, The Beach Club

About Gregg Patterson

For 34 years, he was general manager of The Beach Club before stepping aside for the “next generation” and his next adventure as a full-time speaker and writer with his company “Tribal Magic!!!” in 2016.

Patterson has been a featured presenter at various club management seminars, assistant manager conferences and hospitality forums around the world; teaches club management courses at BMI-II and BMI-V; was an adjunct professor for fourteen years; and is a visiting lecturer at various universities both in the states and around the world.

He also writes for Board Room magazine, Club Managementmagazine, Golf Retailing magazine and The St. Andrews Management Center and is the author of Reflections on the Club Experience, an anthology of essays on club cultures and operations. In acknowledgement of his efforts as an educator in both the university and the corporate worlds, he was awarded the 2002 Gary Player Private Club Educator of the Year Award by Board Room magazine, the Club Executive of the Year by the Club Management Association of America in 2015, the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Asian Pacific Hospitality Summit in 2015 and the 2015 Board Room magazine Award of Dedication“for his timeless, energetic and dedicated service to the private club industry.


The Richard N. Frank Distinguished Lectureship Series was established in 1988 to enable respected industry professionals to spend a few days to several weeks teaching, lecturing, and interacting with students, faculty, and other professionals interested in the goals of The Collins College of Hospitality Management at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

The objective of the Frank Lectureship Series is to augment the classroom experience of students within the college with close interaction with leaders from the hospitality industry and other related disciplines. This not only provides invaluable exposure for Cal Poly Pomona's hospitality management students, but also enables leaders from industry to improve the quality of, and assist in educating, new managers for the industry.

Richard N. Frank is a long-standing advocate and supporter of The Collins College. "Having been associated with the restaurant business in one form or another since childhood, it is quite natural that I should be vitally interested in the continuing development of future food service managers and executives," noted Mr. Frank when he generously donated a major grant to establish an endowment creating The Richard N. Frank Distinguished Lectureship Series.