Hall of Fame

Nominations are closed

You can submit nominations for the Hall of Fame through the online form.

The deadline is April 1st.

For additional information, contact Alishia Piotrowski.

The Hall of Fame celebrates those who embody the qualities that make the Dedman College of Hospitality at Florida State University an unparalleled place to learn. Inductees are individuals who have excelled in their careers and have made significant contributions to the Dedman College of Hospitality mission.

The Hall of Fame will be presented at the annual Honors & Awards Dinner that will take place this October.

The criteria for selection:

  • Exceptional career background
  • Significant professional recognition (industry/association awards)
  • Community involvement and recognition
  • Support of the Dedman College of Hospitality and Florida State University
2023 Hall of Fame


Rick Brawner

Rick graduated from the Dedman College of Hospitality with a bachelor of science in hospitality administration. Upon leaving FSU, Rick worked for Marriott in Texas and got his start in the hospitality industry. Through hard work and the relationships he made during his time at Dedman, Rick quickly went on to co-found and build multiple successful companies and has been a “professional entrepreneur” ever since.

Both Rick and his wife Ann are generous supporters of many charities, especially those that focus on supporting animal care and educational opportunities for kids and young adults from different backgrounds and economic means.

Past Recipients

Year Recipient Position Company
2022 Nancy and Robert H. Dedman, Sr. Founder ClubCorp
2021 Tony Leung ('68) Owner/Entrepreneur Subway Franchise
2020 Joe Collier ('84) President Mainsail Lodging and Development
2019 Clint Day ('82) Chief Operating Officer Restoration Place
2018 Brian Ford ('89) CEO Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2017 Janine Budzius ('86) General Manager & CEO Philadelphia Country Club
2016 Dale Haney ('78) President Gate Hospitality Group
2015 Ted Mosley (’69) President & CEO Quorum Hotels & Resorts
2014 Ed Crovo (’69) Chief Operating Officer HV Global Group, Inc.
2013 Ty Helms ('79) Senior VP of Global Sales Hyatt Hotel Corporation
2012 Carol Dover ('78) President & CEO Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
2011 John Culver ('82) President Starbucks Coffee
2010 Joseph Douglas ('83) Co-Founder
Managing Member
Captiva Restaurant Group
Carlsen Douglas Development
2009 David Gilbert ('78) Chief Operating Officer National Restaurant Association
2008 Anne Hamilton ('78) VP of Resort Sales & Services Walt Disney World Resort
2007 Chuck Floyd ('81) COO of North American Operations Global Hyatt
2006 Cyd Bougae (’75) SVP of Professional Development CMAA
2005 Bill Wagner (’67) General Manager & COO Shadow Wood Country Club
2004 Jeff O’Hara (’88) President AlliedPRA New Orleans
2003 Jeff Bell (’83) Executive Vice President Hillstone Restaurant Company
2002 Peter Hubschmitt ('67) Regional Manager Marriott
2001 Chris Borders (’75) General Manager & COO Atlanta Athletic Club
2000 Ashby Gordon Stiff, Jr. (’57) Professor Emeritus in Hospitality Florida State University
1999 Gabriel Brady ('61) VP of Sales & Marketing Gate Gourmet
1998 Martha Ann Hall-Ambrosio ('57) Partner & Vice President Controlled Cuisine
1997 Ken Creely (’66) President & CEO Golf Management Solutions
1996 James R. Steiner, Jr. (’75) Partner Abbott Realty
1995 Jim Riscigno (’66) Executive Vice President ClubCorp
1994 Ed Staros (’72) Founder & Executive Vice President Ritz-Carlton Hotels