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Jerry Vallen Professorship Endowment Fund

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Jerry Vallen Professorship: Honoring a Legacy

The Jerry Vallen Professorship honors the founding dean of the UNLV College of Hotel Administration, Jerry Vallen. The professorship will make funds available to bring distinguished industry or educational leaders to the Harrah Hotel College to visit in classes and make a presentation to the college at large.

The fund supports travel, per diem, and honorarium expenses for individuals selected to hold the distinguished honor of Vallen Professor. Past recipients of the professorship include:

Jerome Vallen

Founding Dean
UNLV College of Hotel Administration
Jerry Vallen came to Las Vegas in 1967 to begin a hospitality education program at UNLV. For the next 22 years, Jerry created a hospitality education program that would become known as one of the best in the world. During his tenure as dean, the college graduated more than 2,400 students, feeding the industry's demand for college educated hospitality managers.

Jim Moore

Founder and President Moore Ideas, Inc.
Moore Ideas Incorporated focuses on Professional Performance. Jim speaks to hospitality, foodservice, and retails sales professionals on Leadership, Customer Service, and Team Building. Since forming his company, Jim has spoken nationally and internationally to over 500 hundred companies. Jim is the author of “First You Slay the Dragon” Overcoming Leadership Myths, and is contributing author of “Grand Stories.” Jim also serves as a founding member of the UNLV College of Hotel Administration International Advisory Board.

Peter C. Yesawich

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Ypartnership is America’s leading marketing, advertising and public relations agency serving travel, leisure, hospitality and entertainment clients. The agency represents clients in every category of the travel industry through seven offices across the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe.

Phil Harte

Chief Executive Officer
Harte Management Pty Limited
Over the past 20 years, Phil has headed up one of the world’s leading international event company. Headquartered from his Australian office, the company now boasts a staggering 110 events in 22 countries each year and has a customer base of in excess of 250,000 clients.

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