Twelve industry leaders were honored last night at the Academy of Travel, Tourism and Hospitality's fourth annual Academy Awards fund-raiser, for their contributions to the community.
The event typically raises $30,000 to $35,000 for the Academy -- a partnership between schools, the business community and the National Academy Foundation -- for students interested in careers in tourism and hospitality.
"The awards are to recognize people in the industry who are role models for our students," said Kathleen Floyd, director of Baltimore Academies, which includes the Academy of Travel, Tourism and Hospitality at Southwestern High School.
Donnie Brown, an 18-year-old senior who will attend college to study hospitality management, was named student of the year at the ceremony held at the National Aquarium.
Brown did his internship at the Hyatt and continues to work there.
Students receive traditional English, math, science and social studies training and take travel and tourism classes.
In the 10th and 11th grades, students are assigned a company where they spend a day, four times a year, working in the field.
At the end of the 11th grade, the students take part in an eight-week, paid summer internship.
This year, about 30 students have jobs in more than 20 establishments in Baltimore, Floyd said.
Most of the hotels in the city participate.
The academy will have 13 graduates this year -- all headed for college with full funding. Next year, there will be 36 graduates, Floyd said.
This year's award recipients were: Walter Sondheim, an adviser to the Greater Baltimore Committee, who is considered the granddaddy of the Inner Harbor renaissance, for the lifetime achievement award; Ron Eyre, president of Eyre Bus Service, for industry professional of the year; Peter Komar, general manager of Holiday Inn Inner Harbor, for hospitality; Kathy Sher, deputy director of the National Aquarium in Baltimore, for an attraction; Larry Frank, president of Classic Catering People; for food specialist; Ted Mathison, manager BWI, for transportation; Bob Hartman, district manager of Air Jamaica, for airlines; Vernard Wynn, marketing development manager of Winner Distributing, for supplier; Ruth Fader, president of Baltimore Rent-A-Tour, for receptive operator; Janet Campbell, sales manager of Best Western Hotel, for friend of the academy; Art Modell, owner of Baltimore Ravens, for sports; Joan Davidson, Rouse Group Manager, sales and marketing with Harborplace and the Gallery, for friend of the industry.
Pub Date: 5/21/98