Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hospitality Educator Receives Award

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hospitality Educator Receives Award

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When John Nagy of Squirrel Hill took a job as a front desk clerk at the former Howard Johnson's on the Boulevard of the Allies in Oakland, he quickly found his calling and launched a 42-year career in the hospitality industry.

"The first day I started, I knew this was what I wanted to do," he said.

Since 1972 he has served the hotel and restaurant industries in management positions at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association, University Club and Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh and at Sonesta Beach Hotel and Resort in Miami.

In 1999, he moved from hospitality management to hospitality education and was appointed to the faculty at Pittsburgh Technical Institute, where he teaches in the Hospitality Management Administration program.

In April, Mr. Nagy received the 2014 Lamp of Knowledge Award for Outstanding U.S. Educator. He is one of three people worldwide to receive the award, sharing the recognition with educators in Nassau and Pakistan.

The American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute gives the awards to individuals who demonstrate extraordinary commitment to advancing the quality of professionalism and education in the hospitality industry. The awards were presented during the institute's Stars of the Industry Awards event in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Nagy joined the educational institute in 1972 and enrolled in its professional development programs, eventually achieving the designation of Certified Hotel Administrator, the most prestigious certification available to a hotel general manager and hospitality executive.

He went on to serve in numerous capacities and environments in the hospitality industry, often training employees at the hotels where he worked, which he said made his move to hospitality education a perfect fit.

Drawing upon his extensive experience, he networks with industry professionals to enrich the Pittsburgh Technical Institute hospitality program's advisory board, arranges site tours and secures internships and part-time job opportunities. …

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