Industry Update
Appointment20 July 2017

Karen Kotowski

Joined Penn State University as Member Industry Advisory Board

Karen KotowskiKaren Kotowski, CEO of the Events Industry Council (EIC) and a Penn State alumna, has joined the Penn State School of Hospitality Management (SHM) Industry Advisory Board. The EIC is a federation of 32 organizations in the meetings, exhibition, events and travel industry. Ms Kotowski is responsible for the day-to-day management and strategy of the EIC, including delivering several signature programs, such as the Certified Meeting Professional Designation, Accepted Practices Exchange, and the CIC Hall of Leaders.The board invites industry experts to strategically advise SHM on industry trends and guide students who are studying hospitality management. The members are leaders in the field, including vice presidents and senior vice presidents of large companies and executive vice presidents, chief operating officers and CEOs of smaller companies. Ms Kotowski has more than 20 years of meeting planning, education and program management experience for non-profit associations and private-sector companies. She has a proven record of strategic and entrepreneurial vision. She earned a degree in public service at Penn State and holds both of the industry’s eminent designations, the Certified Meeting Professional and the Certified Association Executive.Prior to joining EIC, Ms Kotowski was Vice President, member education with the National Association of Home Builders for 16 years. During her tenure with NAHB, she focused on providing education and business management services to the members of the organization.

Penn State University

For eighty years, Penn State's School of Hospitality Management has been providing outstanding leadership for those interested in working in the hospitality industry. The Hospitality Management program is for those interested in management careers in places such as hotels, restaurants, resorts, and casinos.
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