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Hotel Industry Leader Laurence Geller Speaks at CIA Commencement

Hyde Park, NY – Laurence Geller, chairman of the luxury hotel investment and management firm Geller Capital, delivered the graduation address at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on March 23. His company has been behind the acquisition and remodel of the Marriott Georgetown in Washington, DC; acquisition and strategic re-launch of the Waldorf Astoria Chicago; and construction and opening of the Chicago Conrad Hilton.

Before launching his current company in 2014, Mr. Geller was president and CEO of Strategic Hotel Capital, a company he founded in 1997 that was purchased by Chinese real estate investor Anbang for $6 billion. His career in the hospitality business also includes senior leadership positions at Hyatt Development Corporation, Holiday Inn, and Grand Metropolitan Hotels.

A native of the United Kingdom, Mr. Geller was awarded the honor of Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth in 2011 for his “charitable and humanitarian work internationally.” He has also been appointed chancellor of his alma mater, the University of West London.

In addition to his business acumen, Mr. Geller is a dedicated philanthropist, supporting institutions and organizations in both the U.K. and United States. He is chairman of The Churchill Society and a member of the CIA’s Society of Fellows.

The entire CIA commencement ceremony, including Laurence Geller’s address to recipients of associate degrees in baking & pastry arts and culinary arts, can be seen online.

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Laurence Geller congratulates a graduate during commencement at The Culinary Institute of America on March 23, 2018. Geller, chairman of the luxury hotel investment and management firm Geller Capital, was keynote speaker at the ceremony. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers bachelor’s degrees in management, culinary arts, culinary science, and applied food studies, and associate degrees in either culinary arts or baking and pastry arts. The college also offers executive education through its Food Business School along with certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences, leadership initiatives, and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of nearly 50,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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