Hospitality Management and PSHRS honor Mit Shah, Founder and CEO of Noble


“It is an honor to be recognized by the Penn State School of Hospitality Management and the Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society,” Shah said. and staff continue to ensure that our future hospitality leaders are well prepared to live lives that matter.

The Shah family, led by Mit, endowed the Bharat Shah Leadership Lecture Series at Georgia State’s Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business in honor of his father, Dr. Bharat Shah. Over the years, Mit has brought thousands of students and industry delegates to the lounge for candid conversations about the personal journeys of struggle and perseverance of industry icons, including former executives of the Hospitality of the Year, Chris Nassetta and Arne Sorenson. The series has served as an inspiration to the hospitality and business community, and especially to university students in our country.

This 2023 event not only recognizes Shah, but also provides the unique opportunity for Penn State hospitality management students to directly interact with and learn from one of the hospitality industry’s top executives.

“Mit Shah’s enlightened optimism about the hospitality industry is wholeheartedly shared by me and by students studying for hospitality management degrees at Penn State. Among the industry’s most inspiring executives, Mr. Shah’s leadership over three decades as CEO of Noble is unmatched,” said Donna Quadri-Felitti, Director of the Marvin Ashner Endowed School of Hospitality Management.

PSHRS has honored industry icons through this prestigious award since 1960. Its recipients represent a “Who’s Who” of extraordinary individuals who have left indelible marks on the profession.

“It is an honor to recognize Mit’s extraordinary vision and insight that has led Noble to become the leader in select-service and extended-stay travel and hospitality. As anyone who knows Mit would recognize, he guide with humility, respect and integrity. A true American success story, Mit makes us all better,” said George Dabney, Penn State Class of 1988, Noble Managing Principal and Chief Financial Officer, who long served PSHRS, as Director of the Board of Directors, Treasurer and Chairman of its Patronage Committee.In addition, Dabney was honored by PSHRS as Alumnus of the Year in 2019.

“As the outgoing President of PSHRS, I have the unique honor of welcoming Mit Shah to the pantheon of fellow hospitality executives of the year, which began over 62 years ago. Mr. Shah and his family have a tradition of supporting and exciting the next generation of hospitality professionals through higher education, and our recognition of him celebrates his accomplishments in and out of the boardroom,” said said Ashley Akright, Penn State Class of 2009, Director of Operational Excellence and Innovation, Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center.

In addition to his leadership role at Noble, Shah is currently a member of the executive committee of the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s board of directors, is co-chair of its Industry Real Estate and Finance Advisory Council (“IREFAC”), and is Member of the Boards of Marriott International and Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Shah also served as Chairman of two public companies, LaQuinta and CorePoint Lodging REIT, prior to their successful accomplishments for shareholders.

Shah graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in economics. He is currently in his fifth term on the Wake Forest University Board of Trustees, where he serves as chair of its investment committee.

For 85 years, Penn State School of Hospitality Management has been a leader in higher education and research serving the hospitality industry. With innovative courses, a tradition of committed scholarship, and disciplinary research led by world-class faculty, the school inspires all students to pursue excellence in scholarship, demonstrate strong ethics of work and become effective and ethical innovators.

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The Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society (PSHRS) was founded to strengthen all hospitality professions and enhance the reputation of the Hospitality Management (HM) program. PSHRS is a group of affiliate programs of the Penn State Alumni Association and the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society.

PSHRS provides a way to achieve a closer fellowship among alumni, faculty, and students. PSHRS serves those currently attending Penn State at HM or who have graduated from the program, as well as those who work in HM industries and have attended Penn State or are “friends” of the program.

About the School of Hospitality Management

Founded in 1937, Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management is one of the oldest and most respected in the nation. Its top-ranked undergraduate and doctoral programs prepare global leaders with a rigorous and diverse curriculum that has focused since its inception on committed scholarship, with partnerships with hospitality, housing and support services. Penn State catering and the world’s leading hotel brands. It is also home to Penn State’s oldest alumni program group, the Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society. For more information about the school, contact Pat Howley, Director of Industry and Alumni Relations at [email protected] or by phone at 814-865-6728.


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