Richard N. Frank Distinguished Lectureship

Mandy Shaw
Mandy Shaw, President & CEO, Blaze Pizza
TOPIC: "Agility in the Restaurant Space"
DATE & Time: Tuesday, April 8, 2021 at 12 p

The Collins College of Hospitality Management proudly welcomed Ms. Mandy Shaw, President and CEO of Blaze Pizza, as the 2021 Richard N. Frank Distinguished Lectureship Series speaker.

Shaw is known for driving growth, fostering strong franchisee relationships, and championing the brand’s focus on digital innovation, technology, and systems.

Pasadena, Calif.-based Blaze Pizza currently operates 340 units in 41 states and six countries and counts as investors big names such as basketball star LeBron James, TV personality Maria Shriver, and Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner. 

About Mandy Shaw

Mandy Shaw joined Blaze Pizza in January 2018 as the CFO, was named interim CEO in August 2019, and then President and CEO in November 2019. Shaw previously served nearly 13 years in various roles at Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. including as Chief Financial Officer for the international division, Chief Information Officer, and as Chief Accounting Officer during Bloomin’s transition to a private company and through its subsequent IPO. In March 2020, she was named one of the 50 most influential women in food service by Nation’s Restaurant News.

Past Distinguished Lecturers

2019 - Julia Stewart, Senior Hospitality Executive

2018 - Chris Harrison,   Marriott International

2018 - 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.