Two Hospitality Industry Leaders Win National Honors

Two top administrators from The International School of Hospitality have won national recognition from the Convention Industry Council.LAS VEGAS – Two top administrators from The International School of Hospitality (TISOH) have won national recognition from the Convention Industry Council (CIC), the largest association for meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry organizations in the country.

The CIC announced this month its 2014 inductees into the CIC Hall of Leaders and third class of Pacesetter Award recipients. They included TISOH academic consultant Patti Shock as an inductee to the Hall of Leaders and TISOH Director of Academic Affairs Donnell Bayot as a recipient of the Pacesetter Award. Both were nominated by the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE), with Bayot currently serving as the national Second Vice President.

“Patti and Donnell embody the pioneering spirit that makes the convention and meetings industry so exciting in this day and age,” said Tim Lam, executive director of TISOH. “We are honored to have them leading the charge for our school and our students.

Shock has been a national leader in the fields of conventions and events and hospitality education. She has been a pioneer in higher education, embracing distance learning. She has taught at five institutions over 37 years, and influenced the careers of thousands of industry professionals. During the course of her career, Shock has received 10 awards related to academics and 17 awards for her service to the industry.

The Hall of Leaders award recognizes industry pioneers and emerging leaders who have elevated the profession, changed the culture of business and embody the contributions that the meetings industry has made to society as a whole.

Bayot’s Pacesetter Award recognizes his innovations to hospitality education and to the catering and events industry. The Pacesetter Awards honor achievements by emerging leaders whose recent accomplishments are defining the future of the industry.

Bayot is a founding member of TISOH. Along with several university professors and hospitality industry experts from the Las Vegas Strip, he saw the need for practical, short-term training programs to help hospitality workers advance in their careers and to help people aspiring to enter the field.

Bayot oversees course development for TISOH’s classroom and online classes. Bayot is also a Ph.D. candidate in workforce development and organizational leadership at the School of Environmental and Public Affairs at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His doctoral research under the advisement of Yeonsoo Kim, Ph.D., SPHR is focused on the development of a competency model for catering and event professionals.

Award winners will be recognized at the Hall of Leaders Gala on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, at the MGM Grand Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

The CIC represents more than 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties involved in the meetings, conventions, and exhibitions industry. The mission of the Convention Industry Council is to provide a forum for member organizations to exchange information on global trends and topics, promulgate excellence in best practices and guidelines, collaborate on industry issues and advocate the value of the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events industry.  

About The International School of Hospitality

The International School of Hospitality (TISOH) was founded in Las Vegas, Nev., in 2005. TISOH offers quality short-term, practical training and career development programs in hospitality. Developed for the industry and by the industry, TISOH’s small class sizes and online courses include: concierge, conference management and event planning, catering, hospitality leadership and supervision, hospitality human resources, hotel operations, and wedding coordination and design. Diploma graduates, trained by working experts in the field, enjoy a 90 percent job placement rate. TISOH is an academic partner of the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training. For more information, visit or call (702) 947-7200.

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