The purpose of Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation is to:
Implement career-building educational programs that promote the hospitality industry to high school students:
ProStart – a two-year curriculum for culinary arts and foodservice management that includes classroom study, mentored work experiences and an optional ProStart Invitational competition. Affiliated with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, ProStart is offered in 70 Minnesota schools with more than 3,000 student participants.
Hospitality & Tourism Management Program (HTMP) – a curriculum that introduces high school students to the lodging industry. The curriculum covers everything from front office and housekeeping management to marketing and sales, food and beverage, as well as general management and leadership skills.
To highlight the excellent career opportunities within the hospitality industry and demonstrate to key policy makers, educators, the media and the public the essential role our industry plays in Minnesota's economy.
The Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, relies on donations to fund its educational and outreach efforts. Donations may be designated for general foundation support, scholarships or for travel expenses for Minnesota teams competing in the National ProStart Invitational each spring. Donate
Learn how HMEF impacts students lives through this video:
The Hospitality Minnesota Education Foundation extends a special thanks to our Leaders Fund donors for their generous support. Their leadership is critical to building the Foundation through scholarships, programs like ProStart and HTMP and to provide our industry with a workforce solution leveraging educated, enthusiastic and energetic high school graduates.
HMEF Board of Directors
Chair: Tim Murray - Murray's Restaurant
Chair Elect: Jim Benson - Sourcewell
Treasurer & Secretary: Doug Karle - LHR Hospitality
Past Chair: Peter Mihajlov - Parasole Family of Restaurants
Jim Bradshaw - Upper Lakes Foods
Dean Breuer - MN Dept. of Education, Mktg & Bus.
Rollie Carlson - Upper Midwest CMAA Chapter
Andrea Cummings - Luthern Social Services
Jodi DePonty - Ecolab
Gayle Durand - Hopkins High School
Scott Foster - Nova Restaurant Group
Dave Garvey - Grand Casino Hinckley
Joyce Hwang, PhD. - Southwest Minnesota State Univ
Maya Hua - Mall of America
Ann Hutchinson - Pillager High School
Tom Kavanaugh - Kavanaugh’s Sylvan Lake Resort
Mark Lanctot - Sysco Minnesota
Hal Langevin - US Foods
Mary Levinski - Sauk Rapids-Rice High School
Jennifer Lueck - Strategy Factory
Dennis McGuire - Vader and Landgraf, Inc.
William Niemer, CEC, CCE, CE- That Cooking School
Leopoldo Navorro - Cargill Foodservice
Michael “Pinto” Pantaleo - Reinhart Foodservice
Maxine Peterson - Minnesota Department of Education (non-voting)
Glenn Rivers - Coca-Cola
Chris Ruttger - Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge
Monique Sabby - Elk River High School
Nathan Sartain, CEC, CCE - Saint Paul College
Beth Schupp - Fair Hills Resort
Kenneth Schelper - Davanni's (retired)
Jason Subbert - TPI Hospitality
Brandon Supernault - Normandale Community College
Tom Chase - Chase Hospitality
Bill Foussard - Best Western Plus White Bear Country Inn
Peter Mihajlov - Parasole Restaurant Holdings, Inc
Bill Naegele - Restaurants No Limit
Liz Rammer - CEO
Cyndi Keesee - Administrative Coordinator, 651.925.4012