Fred Dame headshot
Horst Schulze Award For Excellence In Hospitality Honoree
Frederick L. Dame
Frederick L. Dame, Master Sommelier brings an impressive blend of experience, expertise and enthusiasm to the world of wine and cuisine. He is the first American to have served as President of the Court of Master Sommeliers Worldwide. He is the Global Ambassador for Daou Vineyards and Winery in Paso Robles, CA famed AVA of Adelaida. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of He holds Honorary Professorships at Purdue University and The University of South Carolina.



The Hospitality Gala Prior Honorees
2017 Hospitality Gala Honoree Chef Frank Stitt


Chef Frank Stitt
Owner of Bottega, Chez Fonfon & Highlands Bar & Grill
2016 Hospitality Gala Honoree Ryan Penso


Ryan Penso
Director of Operations,
P.F. Chang’s Global Brand Development
2015 Hospitality Gala Honoree Dale Katechis


Dale Katechis
Soul Founder, Oskar Blues Brewery
2014 Hospitality Gala Honoree Niki Leondakis


Niki Leondakis
Chief Executive Officer,
Commune Hotels & Resorts
2013 Hospitality Gala Honoree Agustin & Valeria Huneeus


Agustin & Valeria Huneeus
Proprietors, Huneeus Vintners
2012 Hospitality Gala Honoree Rob McDaniel


Rob McDaniel
‘02 Alumnus, Springhouse
2011 Hospitality Gala Honoree Horst Schulze


Horst Schulze
Chairman & CEO, Capella Hotel Group
2010 Hospitality Gala Honoree Katy Law


Katy Law
Director of Sales for the Americas with Design Hotels