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Darden Restaurant Executive Next Hospitality Management Distinguished Speaker

Tom Gathers

The senior vice president of Darden Restaurant Group will serve as the Hospitality Management Department’s Distinguished Speaker.

Tom Gathers, an IUP alumnus and Foundation Board member, will present “A Letter to Kate: Lessons for a New Leader” on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. in Eberly Auditorium. His presentation is open to all members of the university community and to the public.

Gathers has held a variety of positions with Darden, including training and development at group restaurants such as the Olive Garden and Red Lobster. For several years, he served as vice president of human resources for UNO Restaurant Corporation and as exectuve vice president of human resources for RARE Hospitality International, until RARE was acquired by Darden.

Past president of the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers, he received an honorary Doctor of Food Service from the National Association of Food and Equipment Managers. He has been a featured speaker at the National Restaurant Association Show, the International Restaurant Assocation Show, and at numerous other hospitality-related events.

A full profile is available on IUP’s Alumni Relations website.

Hospitality Management Department

  • Hospitality Management Department
  • Ackerman Hall, Room 10
    911 South Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2626
  • Fax: 724-357-7582
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.