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John Metz Named Conti Professor at Penn State

Executive Chairman of Metz Culinary Management chosen as industry leader to help mold students at Penn State's School of Hospitality Management.

John Metz, executive chairman for Metz Culinary Management, was appointed the Walter J. Conti Professor of Hospitality Management in Penn State's College of Health and Human Development for the spring 2012 semester. The Conti Professorship Program recognizes leaders within the hospitality industry and invites them to visit the school to interact with students and faculty and present guest lectures.

Established by alumni and friends of the Penn State School of Hospitality Management in 1987, the Conti Professorship Program honors renowned restaurateur Walter J. Conti for his contribution to Penn State University and the hospitality profession. As Conti Professor, Metz will regularly collaborate with students and faculty of Penn State's School of Hospitality Management to present lectures on issues facing the hospitality industry and his career path and success in foodservice management. He will also speak at graduate and undergraduate academic seminars.

Metz began his career in the foodservice management industry in 1967 with the founding of Custom Management Corporation. Custom Management Corporation was acquired by Morrison's Hospitality Group, during which John Metz oversaw the growth of more than 900 accounts. In 1993, John Metz was awarded franchise rights from T.G.I. Friday's restaurant chain and currently operates thirteen franchises across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In 1994, John Metz introduced Metz and Associates, Ltd., the management company for dining services, which expanded into facilities.