2019 Richard N. Frank Distinguished Lectureship
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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).
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.