Center for Industry Initiatives

 

Hospitality and Tourism - Center for Industry Initiatives

 

The Hospitality & Tourism Steering Committee was organized in March 2005. It is lead by GWIB member for Hospitality & Tourism, Brendan Keegan executive vice president of HR at Marriot International, and committee co-chairs, Tom Hall, president, The Thomas H. Hall Company and former executive with Six Flags Inc., and Tom Warren, regional director operations, Morrison Healthcare Food Services.

More than 70 leaders from business, government, education and non-profit organizations serve on the steering committee. The mission of the initiative is

 
"to provide continual and strategic industry leadership in education, employment and economic development that will result in a qualified and available workforce to meet the current and future needs of Maryland's hospitality and tourism industry."

The steering committee completed its industry research, published an industry monograph (PDF document, 4.6MB, download Adobe Acrobat for free), conducted its industry workforce summit and is currently working on a plan of action to implement the recommendations that address the industry's workforce issues.

Co-Chairs

Hospitality & Tourism Industry Co-Chair - Tom Hall

Thomas H. Hall - President, Thomas H. Hall Company
Tom Hall has over 35 years experience in business development and marketing with concentration in theme parks, water parks and consumer package goods. In 1971 Mr. Hall joined Six Flags Inc as corporate director of marketing. In 1983 Mr. Hall joined the Tierco Company as vice president of development and marketing to direct the marketing efforts of its three properties and to pursue growth opportunities through acquisition. In 1994, Tierco Company changed its name to Premier Parks Inc. Following Premier Parks, Inc.'s acquisition of the Six Flags parks in 1998, Mr. Hall served as vice president of corporate sponsorship and was responsible for generating over $17 million in bottom line revenue for the corporation.

In 2000 Mr. Hall was named vice president of government relations, developing a company-wide government relations department to provide for the communication and timely proactive involvement on federal and state legislative issues affecting the company and the industry. He retired from Six Flags Inc. in 2004 to establish the Thomas H. Hall Company focused on marketing, real estate and resource development projects.

An active community member, Mr. Hall served as a board member of the Maryland Tourism Development and is a member of the Governors Economic Advisory Council, The Marine Management Association and the H.C.A.T. Institute, a school at A.A.C.C. He is an advisor on disability issues to the Federal Access Board. Mr. Hall is the co-chair of the GWIB Hospitality and Tourism Steering Committee.

 
Hospitality & Tourism Industry Co-Chair - Tom Warren

Tom Warren - Regional Director Operations, Morrison Healthcare Food Services
Mr. Warren is Regional Director Operations for the Morrison Healthcare Food Services. For more than 30 years Tom has held senior leadership positions with Fortune 1000 hospitality and food services firms. He has had P&L accountability for organizations ranging from $1 million to $320 million with over 750 managers. Tom credits his business success to his ability to develop strong teams of leaders and managers, moving easily between the dish room and the boardroom. Tom holds degrees from both the Culinary Institute of America in Culinary Arts and the University of New Haven in Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism. Mr. Warren is the co-chair of the GWIB Hospitality and Tourism Steering Committee.

 

Careers in Hospitality and Tourism (Word document, download Word viewer for free)

Sector Information

Industry Initiative Coordinator - Bernard Reynolds