Ivy Tech students, local company receive hospitality awards

INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College is pleased to announce the 2010 Ivy Tech Community College Hospitality Hall of Fame Awards for Central Indiana. This year’s recipients include: Jeremy Geisendorff, Devin J. Broo and Hoosier Park Racing & Casino. The awards were presented at the 20th annual April in Paris dinner on April 25 at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, IN.

The Hospitality Hall of Fame Awards were created to recognize excellence in the hospitality industry. The Award for Excellence in Hospitality Management and the Edmond Gass Award are given to hospitality administration alumni who have demonstrated excellence in their hospitality career – transferring their education to industry practice with exemplary results. The Excellence in Hospitality Operations award is given to a hospitality-related business that has demonstrated excellence in the hospitality industry.

The Award for Excellence in Hospitality Management is given to an alumnus who has demonstrated excellence in the fields of hotel management or event management. This year’s recipient is Jeremy Geisendorff.

Jeremy graduated from Ivy Tech Community College in 2004 with an associate degree in hospitality administration and a concentration in hotel management. As a student at Ivy Tech, Jeremy was nominated as a student delegate to the 2003 Salute to Excellence, sponsored by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. He completed two internships, the first at the Coronado Springs Hotel at Walt Disney World and the second at the Courtyard by Marriott Northwest. After graduation, Jeremy was hired as the assistant general manager at the Residence Inn on the northwest side of Indianapolis. During his time with the Residence Inn, the hotel won many top honor awards from Marriott International. In 2006, Jeremy moved to Troy, Ohio, and became the assistant general manager of the Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott. In 2009, the Troy Fairfield Inn and Suites received an award from Marriott International for most improved and high guest satisfaction. In February 2010, Jeremy moved back to Indianapolis and is currently the general manager of the new Cambria Suites Hotel in Noblesville, Indiana.

Named in honor of Chef Edmond Gass, the Edmond Gass Award for Outstanding Service in Culinary Arts is given to an alumnus who has demonstrated excellence in the field of culinary arts. This year’s Edmond Gass recipient is Devin J. Broo. Devin enrolled in the hospitality program in the fall of 2003. As a student, Devin maintained a full-time class load while working under the mentorship of Ivy Tech hospitality alumnus, Executive Chef Joseph P. Miller. Devin continued working at the Meridian Hills Country Club after graduation, receiving a promotion to sous chef. In 2007, Devin learned of a sous chef opportunity at the world renowned Fairmount Turnberry Resort & Club near Miami Beach, Florida. He interviewed and was offered the sous chef position. Devin served as sous chef of the Cascata Grille under the direction of Chef Hubert Des Marais and Chef Daniel Buss through 2009. In 2009, Devin was offered his current position of sous chef at the four-star Restaurant Daniel in New York City.

The Excellence in Hospitality Operations award is given to a hospitality-related organization that has demonstrated excellence in the areas of industry leadership, educational outreach, community support, and staff development. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is a leader in the hospitality industry in Madison County. It is the single largest dining and banquet service provider in the greater Madison County area, hosting more than 4.5 million guests in less than two years of operation and employing more than 300 food and beverage employees. The organization has taken the lead in educational and community outreach. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino opens its doors to high schools and colleges to offer internship and hands-on training opportunities for students. It has also teamed with the Urban League and Ivy Tech Community College to provide supplemental training for applicants who needed further training to apply for positions within the organization. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino has also played a large role in providing volunteer leadership, and raising funds and awareness for United Way and other local community groups.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 150,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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