Hospitality business lecture series to feature three entrepreneurs
Thursday, October 3, 2013
A hotel businessman, a coffee roaster and a caterer will be on the Kansas State University campus this fall to talk about their experiences as entrepreneurs in the hospitality business.
Their presentations, at 4:30 p.m. in Justin Hall room 109, are part of the annual Hospitality Management Program and the Center for Advancement of Entrepreneurship in the College of Business lecture series. The lectures are free and open to the public.
Dennis Hulsing is president and CEO of Hulsing Enterprises, LLC, in Asheville, N.C. He will speak on Thursday, Oct. 10.
The enterprise owns and operates or affiliates with more than 20 businesses including hotels, fitness facilities, medical companies and residential properties. A graduate from K-State’s College of Business Administration, Hulsing has hotel properties in Ashville, Johnson City, TN.; Briston VA.; Lawrence and Manhattan, KS.; Greensboro, N.C..; and Kansas City, MO.
Danny O’Neill, president and owner of The Roasterie, will lecture on Thursday, Oct. 24. He started his coffee business in 1993 in the basement of his Kansas City home.
He has judged cupping and barista competitions around the world and in 2001 was awarded Super Taster status on the Specialty Coffee Institute Sensory Aptitude Test. He is the past president of the Specialty Coffee Association of America and serves on advisory boards for several local companies and associations.
On Nov. 14, the lecture series will feature John Ross Harmon, owner of John Ross & Co. Signature Catering.
Harmon started his Garden City-based business in 2010 and offers catering services throughout Kansas and the Midwest. He is a 2007 graduate in hotel and restaurant management. He worked as a chef at John Elway Steakhouse and at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Denver.
Nancy Hansen, instructor in the Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics in the College of Human Ecology, works with the College of Business on the series.