Inauguration of ESSEC-IMHI Hospitality Hall of Honor during Class of 2014 Graduation
Professor Nicolas Graf, Academic Director of the ESSEC MBA in Hospitality Management (IMHI), then announced the official launch of the ESSEC-IMHI Hall of Honor. Every year, one to three individuals will be inducted in recognition of their significant professional achievements and contributions to ESSEC-IMHI and the hospitality industry. The first professionals inducted this year were Robert Beck (IMHI co-founder), Dominique Xardel (IMHI co-founder), and Puneet Chhatwal (IMHI 1991), CEO Steigenberger Hotel Group and godfather of the Class of 2014. The two co-founders of IMHI were a normal choice for the inauguration of the Hall of Honor. The induction of Puneet Chhatwal, an alumnus who has worked closely with the school for many years and who has hired many IMHI alumni, will pave the way for the future induction of alumni who have significantly contributed to ESSEC-IMHI as well as to the industry.
Families, friends, faculty and staff attended this special evening to celebrate the students' achievements. The academic awards for top-ranked students were given to Maxence Valentin (2 year track) and Claire Gibaru (1 year track). The award for Hospitality Excellence was given to Gabriella de la Torre.
Professor Peter O'Connor, Dean of Academic Programs at ESSEC, closed the ceremony by reminding the students of how much they had learned, not only about the hospitality industry, but about themselves as well. As the graduates embark on careers around the world, he reminded them that relationships are at the heart of hospitality and to keep in touch.
30 years of experience, ESSEC-IMHI offers a highly-focused program designed to train experts in all aspects of hospitality management. Its graduates join a prestigious network of 1,500 alumni in over 50 countries, part of the 46,000-strong ESSEC alumni network. www.imhi.com