The Boiler Business Exchange inducted White Lodging founder and chairman, Bruce White, into its fourth Business Hall of Fame class at the 19th annual Krannert Leadership Speakers Series event.
White graduated from Purdue University in 1975 with a degree in management and since has been active with the university in a multitude of ways. He served on the Purdue University Board of Trustees from 2011 -2015, was inducted into the inaugural class of Purdue University School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Hall of Fame and has established an endowment fund for Hospitality and Tourism Management students. Near White Lodging’s headquarters in Northwest Indiana, he also has supported the expansion of the White Lodging School of Hospitality and Tourism and White Lodging Professional Sales Lab at Purdue University Northwest in Hammond, Indiana.
“I’ve been a proud Boilermaker ever since enrolling in my first class, and it’s always an honor to tell people I’m a Purdue graduate,” said White. “While I may have founded the company, I owe this tremendous recognition to the thousands of associates – including many Purdue graduates – that have worked for White Lodging over the past 35 years. They are the true hall of famers.”
Earlier this year, White Lodging was selected to operate Purdue University’s iconic Union Club Hotel. Located directl y on campus, the hotel closed earlier this year to undergo a complete renovation through the 2019-2020 school year. The 182-room project will transform and modernize the entire hotel, which has not been significantly renovated in more than four decades. A key part of White Lodging’s role will be to create a hands-on learning laboratory for students enrolled in Purdue’s Hospitality & Tourism Management program. Purdue students will fill many roles at the hotel, including the new restaurant and bar.
Along with White, Herschel and Mary Cook, co-owners, Harry’s Chocolate Shop and Jay Ricker, co-founder, Ricker’s were also inducted into the Business Hall of Fame.
About White Lodging
White Lodging, established in 1985, is one of the leading ownership, development, and management companies in America. An innovative trendsetter, the organization’s portfolio includes convention, urban lifestyle, and suburban select hotels with more than $1 billion in mana ged revenue. White Lodging operates more than 90-premium hotels, 30 restaurants and 30 brands in 20 states. Success knows no boundaries at White Lodging, where associates and leadership have consistently earned superior guest satisfaction scores, top market share and industry-leading profit margins while recruiting the best, brightest, and most passionate professionals in every discipline for three decades. White Lodging is a proud winner of the Gallup Great Workplace Award. For more information about White Lodging, visit www.whitelodging.com, or connect on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.