Congratulations to Eric Affeldt, ClubCorp CEO, who was inducted into the Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor last night during the 21st Annual Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor reception, dinner and induction ceremony at the Hilton University of Houston, planned and executed entirely by a team of student managers. Joining Eric at the event were several ClubCorp Employee Partners, Eric’s two daughters, Ashley and Marisa, and Eric’s childhood friend, Brad Quail, who gave a funny and personal introduction of Eric to attendees that included photos of the two as children.
The Hall of Honor, housed at Hilton College, was created in 1996 to recognize industry leaders who have made extraordinary contributions to American and international business and society. As the Hall of Honor’s 68th inductee, Eric joins the ranks of industry innovators and icons – including Walt Disney, S. Truett Cathy (founder of Chick-fil-A) and Ernest and Julio Gallo – who represent the world’s most successful and recognizable brands. Eric also follows in the footsteps of ClubCorp’s Founder and past Chairman, Robert Dedman Sr., who was inducted in 2000.
Eric was congratulated in a half-page ad that ran in this past Tuesday’s USA Today.
In the days leading up to the event, Eric also participated in a series of “Think Tank” sessions alongside other hospitality leaders. The Think Tanks were open to the entire student body, giving participants a chance to network and learn from the best in the industry about trending topics.