2019 Richard N. Frank Distinguished Lectureship

The Collins College of Hospitality Management proudly welcomed Julia Stewart, Senior Hospitality Executive, Former Chair and CEO of Dine Brands Global Inc.  as the 2019 Richard N. Frank Distinguished Lectureship Series speaker. Stewart visited campus on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, speaking to The Collins College community in the Kellogg West Auditorium (Bldg. 76).

Distinguished Lecturer

Julia Stewart
Senior Hospitality Executive, Former Chair and CEO of Dine Brands Global Inc.

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About Julia Stewart

Julia A. Stewart is a senior hospitality, retail and consumer executive with extensive experience in leading and building global businesses and brands. She is the former Chair and CEO of Dine Brands Global Inc., (formerly DineEquity Inc.), where she led the creation of the world’s largest full-service restaurant company (2007-2017). Prior to creating the company, she was Chair and CEO of IHOP (2001-2007) and President of Applebee’s (1998-2001), for a combined career of almost 20 years with iconic brands, IHOP and Applebee’s. Earlier in her career, she also held executive positions with Taco Bell, Black Angus/Cattle Company restaurants, Burger King Corporation and Carl’s Jr. Restaurants.

Stewart is a founding member of the non-profit, Women’s Foodservice Forum (1989-present); member of the Board of Directors for Avery Dennison (2003-present) and current Chair of the Compensation Committee; member of the Board of Directors for non-profit, Children’s Bureau (2006-present) and past Chair (2013-2017); member of the Board of Directors for Rhone Group/Fogo de Chao (2018-present); and past Board member of: California Restaurant Association; UCLA Anderson School of Management/Board of Visitors; The Music Center and California Science Center.

Stewart is a sought-after speaker on topics including leadership, building winning teams and how to manage rapid change. Recent engagements include 2018 speech to the National Air and Space Intelligence Center; 2017 Commencement Address at the USC Marshall School of Business and 2016 Guest Lecturer at UCLA Anderson School of Management Leadership Series

Stewart has an Honorary Doctorate in Business from Johnson and Wales University and a Bachelor of Science in Communications from San Diego State University.

Past Distinguished Lecturers

2018 - Chris Harrison,   Marriott International

              Gregg Patterson,   Tribal Magic

2017 -   Bryan Allred,   Sysco Los Angeles

2015 -   Wing Lam,   Wahoo's Fish Taco

2012 -   George A. Kalogridis,   Disneyland Resort

              Mary Niven,   Disneyland Resort and Disney California Adventure

              Kristi Breen,  Disney Worldwide Services

2011  -   Barbara Hollkamp Hilton Worldwide

2010 - James A. Collins,  Sizzler USA, Inc.

              Edwin D.  "Ed" Fuller ,   Marriott International

2008 - Jon L. Luther,  Dunkin' Brands, Inc.

2007 -   Al Weiss Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

2006 -   Dan Cathy Chick-fil-A

             Peggy Cherng, Ph.D. Panda Restaurant Group, Inc.

              Ralph O. Brennan Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group

              Joe Perdue University of Nevada, Las Vegas

              Brad Vassar,   Southern Wine & Spirits of America  

2005 -   Thomas W. LaTour Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

2004 -   Joseph P. Micatrotto Buca, Inc.

2003 -   Stephen F. Bollenbach Hilton Hotels Corp.

2002 - Jackie Trujillo,  Harman Management Corp. 

2001 - Andrew J.C. Cherng,  Panda Restaurant Group, Inc.

1999 - Martin A. Skylar,  Walt Disney Imagineering

              Walter T. Klenz,  Beringer Wine Estates

1997 - Richard E. Marriott,  Host Marriott Corp.

1995 - Herman Cain,  Godfather's Pizza, Inc.

1994 - Julia Stewart,  Taco Bell

1993 - Kenneth Blanchard,  Blanchard Training & Development, Inc.

1992 - Robert I. Small,  Fairmont Hotel Management Co. 

1991 - Donald E. Lundberg,  California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

1990 -  James A. Collins Sizzler USA, Inc.

1989 - Richard N. Frank,  Lawry's Restaurants, Inc.


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.