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Graduating Hospitality Management Seniors Honor Two, Make Gift to Bartholomew/C-CAP Scholarship Endowment Fund

The nearly 90 members of the Department of Hospitality Management’s spring 2008 graduating class honored Rita Jammet as this year’s Outstanding Industry Professional and Parris E. Jordan ’00 as Distinguished Alumnus of the Year at their annual baccalaureate celebration on May 12.

The theme of this spring’s event was “A Masked Affair,” but there was no masking the graduating seniors’ admiration for Jammet, Jordan and the outstanding department faculty and staff whose conscientious teaching and other support had helped transform the students from anxious entering freshmen to proud graduates of one of the city’s most comprehensive baccalaureate programs in hospitality management.

The graduates also made a generous contribution to the College’s Patricia Bartholomew Careers in Culinary Arts Program Scholarship Endowment Fund, following a tradition established by previous graduating classes. The late Professor Bartholomew was a pioneering chef/educator and chair of City Tech’s hospitality management program for many years.

Rita Jammet: Outstanding Industry Professional Award

Rita Jammet

Rita Jammet

Rita Jammet spent her early years in Lebanon before later moving to Switzerland, where she and her family became Swiss citizens. She graduated from the University of Geneva with a license in economics and fluency in French, English, Spanish and Arabic, plus a working knowledge of Italian.

Jammet spent her early career years working with her father, a prominent figure in international trade. In this capacity, she was exposed to the cultures of Eastern and Western Europe as well as the United States, Japan and the Middle East. After marrying her husband, André, the couple moved to Paris, where following the sale of her husband’s hotel, The Bristol, Jammet worked with a prominent Saudi businessman.

This diversity of business exposures served Jammet well when she and her husband relocated in 1980 to New York, where she worked for two years with the French Embassy in its Cultural Services office. Then, following the joys of motherhood, Jammet joined her husband in the ownership and operation of their superlative French restaurant, La Caravelle. Jammet oversaw all aspects of management, including special events planning and the many operational details that brought acclaim to one of New York City top restaurants.

With the knowledge she acquired during her years in the restaurant business, Jammet has successfully consulted on matters relating to hospitality for the Japanese External Trade Organization as well as for various restaurant groups. Following the closing of La Caravelle in 2004, the Jammets have been actively pursuing the marketing of La Caravelle wines and the expansion of a larger La Caravelle product line. In addition, Rita Jammet consulted on the Serafina Restaurant Group’s latest venture, Brasserie Cognac, which opened in April 2008.

Giving back is a major part of Rita Jammet’s life. Together with Professor Julia Jordan, she is a principal architect of Days of Taste, the Spoons Across America program that teaches young children nationwide about food. In addition to serving on the boards of Les Dames d’Escoffier and the New York State Restaurant Association’s Manhattan Chapter, Jammet joined the Food Council of City Harvest, a charitable organization that redistributes excess food from New York City restaurants and other food establishments to hungry New Yorkers. She also is a member of the Restaurant Committee of New York City & Company, the former New York City Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Parris E. Jordan ’00: Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award

Parris E. Jordan

Parris E. Jordan

City Tech graduate Parris E. Jordan ‘00 is a vice president of HVS, a global consulting and services organization focused on the hotel, restaurant, shared ownership, gaming and leisure industries. Jordan provides services to hotel developers, lenders, operators and other interested parties and conducts market studies for proposed hotels and appraisals of luxury, upscale and mid-scale hotels.

During the past five years, Jordan has been involved in more than 150 HVS projects throughout the United States and the Caribbean. He is very familiar with the Caribbean hotel market and has worked on over two dozen consulting assignments on a dozen Caribbean islands during the past 18 months. Prior to joining HVS, he worked at the New York State Division of Tourism and the Hilton and Chaconia Hotels in Trinidad and Tobago.

Jordan holds a master’s degree in hospitality management from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in tourism management from New York City College of Technology. He is an adjunct professor at the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management, New York University, where he lectures on lodging development.


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