Danny Meyer, CEO of the Union Square Hospitality Group, spoke to Penn State students and school throughout a “fireside chat” Zoom session on April 8.

Listed by Time journal as one of many 100 most influential individuals of 2015, Meyer is an entrepreneur with a powerful success document. He is the writer of the Union Square Café Cookbook and his eating places have obtained quite a few awards and routinely seem within the Zagat information as among the many hottest eateries in New York City. Some of the eating places his firm runs embrace Shake Shack, Grammercy Tavern, Blue Smoke and The Modern.     

The assembly with Meyer was a part of a case research venture that targeted on Union Square Hospitality Group and its journey in 2020 by means of the pandemic months. This was a multi-disciplinary effort with undergraduate students enrolled in 5 lessons at Penn State Lehigh Valley. The disciplines concerned within the case research included Business, Information Science & Technology and Sociology.  

Faculty members taking part on this venture had been Maung Min (Business), Denise Ogden (Marketing), Jennifer Parker (Sociology), Eileen Grodziak (Human Development and Family Studies) and Kermit Burley (Information Technology). The school crew partnered with Laura Cruz for the design of the analysis venture. Cruz is an affiliate analysis professor of Teaching and Learning Scholarship at Schreyer Institute of Teaching Excellence.  

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In addition to being CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, Danny Meyer can be a Walter J. Conti Visiting Professor within the Penn State School of Hospitality Management.

For the chat, Meyer described his administration type as “enlightened hospitality management.”  He believes in servant management and constructing sturdy groups. In school he majored in political science and was on his approach to changing into a lawyer. As he was about to take the Law School Admission Test, he realized that legislation was not his ardour and as a substitute determined to comply with “his itch” for meals and restaurant administration. In 1985, on the age of 27, Danny opened his first restaurant, Union Square Cafe, launching what would develop into a lifelong profession in hospitality. His firm would go on to set business requirements in areas corresponding to hiring practices, progressive management and company duty.  

Meyer can be a Walter J. Conti Visiting Professor within the Penn State School of Hospitality Management. He first visited the University Park campus in September 2013 for his earliest lecture and roundtable dialogue with students as a Conti Professor. His firm has been recruiting Penn State students for internships and full-time jobs for a few years.  

Meyer instructed students to comply with their “itch” and pursue careers that may make them joyful. During the chat, students took turns asking questions. Many questions centered round his firm’s response to the pandemic and his management philosophy and type.   

One pupil remarked that Meyer had rather a lot to cope with when COVID-19 hit. According to pupil Benjamin Heckler, “Mr. Meyer was under a lot of pressure when the pandemic hit and did a great job of proving himself to be a caring leader.” 


Last Updated April 12, 2021