Apollo Hotel Experts

Curriculum Vitae
Peter T. Tomaras
innkeeper88@att.net


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2001–Present Apollo Hotel Experts (Sole Proprietor)
Consultant to attorneys. Works successfully with defense and plaintiff counsel in variety of cases; takes particular interest in personal assault cases in hotels.
Consultant to hotel and restaurant developers, operators, creditors. Clients include private developers, as well as University of Illinois for its new (2008) on-campus conference facility.

1993-2000 Parkland Community College, Champaign, IL (10,000+ students)
Program Director, Associate Professor of Hospitality Management.
Oversaw existing restaurant curriculum and created hotel curriculum.
Taught 15-18 hours per semester, including Hospitality Law. Conducted management seminars for the Champaign-Urbana Hotel & Motel Association in human resources, front desk, and security management. Also taught business marketing. During tenure as Program Director, achieved program accreditation from Commission on Accreditation of Hospitality Management Programs (CAHM), an independent arm of the Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education.

1982-1993 Parkland Community College
Taught part-time at Parkland continuously from 1982 to 1993.

1990-1991 AmeriSuites Hotel, Champaign
General Manager. Chosen to manage Champaign’s first all-suites hotel.

1987-1989 State Street Associates (hotel developers)
Executive Vice President, State Street Management. Oversaw operations of two hotels, consulted on development of new all suites hotel.

1981-1987 Writer, Researcher
Stepped away from business management to research the hotel industry and write a novel set in international hotel management. Through the personal intercession of the president of Hilton Hotels, spent days behind scenes of Hilton and Hilton International hotels in Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York, Paris, Barcelona, Athens, and Cyprus.

1970-1981 Restaurant Concepts, Inc.
President. Firm involved in development, operation, and licensing of college-oriented clubs and restaurants in four Illinois cities.

1956-1981 Best Western Paradise Inn Motel & Restaurant
Involved in the design, construction, and subsequent operation of this family-owned business. General manager from 1964, with hands-on management of restaurant and oversight of motel.

EDUCATION

B. A. in Economics, University of Illinois – 1957
MBA, Illinois State University – 1994
Educational Institute, American Hotel & Lodging Association: Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA) – 1981
Educational Foundation, National Restaurant Association: Food Management Professional (FMP) – 1994
(the above two certifications are currently valid)
National Restaurant Association: Applied Foodservice Sanitation Certificate – 1976 – 2000
Illinois Restaurant Association: Training for Intervention Procedures by Servers of Alcohol (TIPS)

– 1985

Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association, Chicago Police Department, Department of Homeland Security,U.S. Justice Department/ATF: Communities vs. Crime; Training on Workplace Violence and Active Shooters

– 2013

MILITARY

US Army Reserve, 1957-1965, Captain; Instructor, QM Officers School; Unit Training Officer. Honorable Discharge.

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

Illinois Tourism Impact Award – 2015
NISOD Teaching Excellence Award (full-time) – 1998
MBA Outstanding Thesis, Business School, Illinois State University – 1994
Outstanding MBA Student, Academics and Professional Achievement, Illinois State University – 1994
NISOD Teaching Excellence Award (part-time) – 1990
Who’s Who in Illinois Innkeepers – 1974-75
President, Illinois Restaurant Association – 1974
Governor’s Tourism Advisory Committee – 1964-66
President, Illinois Innkeepers Association – 1964

PUBLICATIONS

Scholarly: Praxis: The Journal of Applied Hospitality Management
“Total Quality Service in Small North American Hotels: an Attainable Goal”
Note: this article was awarded “Best Paper” in the CHRIE (Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Education) 1999 international hospitality paper contest, and was presented by the author at that year’s CHRIE Convention.

Industry: Hotel & Motel Management, June 16, 2008
Guest column on non-traditional staffing of hotel front desk.

TRIAL Magazine, October 2008:
Lead article, in collaboration with attorney, on optimizing the expert-attorney relationship.


 

Peter T. Tomaras, MBA, CHA, FMP
Ph./Fax: 217-552-1678
innkeeper88@att.net