Par Excellence
Student-Run Hospitality Staffing


First Class Servers,
World Class Leaders


During the Spring semester of 1982, the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management (Hilton) was asked to provide students to serve a formal dinner at the home of Mr. Nick Nicholas.  This event was hosted by television personality Mr. Warner Roberts and Mr. James Papadakis, owner of James Coney Island, and was a thank you dinner for underwriters who had contributed to the March of Dimes during the year.  Fifteen students donated their services to this worthy cause.  In June of 1982, the students were again asked o serve – this time for a cocktail party welcoming the new Hilton Dean, Dr. Gerald Lattin, at the home of Dr. Fannie Howard.

These two requests seemed to provide a potential opportunity for students to form an elite service organization, which would be available to the Houston community.  All members would be full-time students in the Hilton College, and would be available for hire as service personnel.  The organization was formed with two primary goals in mind: To promote the Conrad N. Hilton College and the University of Houston throughout the community and to provide a unique training experience for Hilton students in aspect of service.

Dr. Clinton Rappole founded the organization and was the first faculty advisor while Dennis Caylor, Director of Food Services for the University Hilton, assisted with the development of a training program.  Dr. Charles Bishop, President of the University of Houston Systems, was very supportive, and agreed to become the organization’s honorary advisor.

In order to become officially formed, a student General Manager needed to be selected.  Mr. Allison Wen accepted the position, and Par Excellence was organized.  Allison began at once to formalize by-laws, procedures, among other concerns, to select a uniform.  A full tuxedo with tails, red cummerbund and red bow tie were agreed upon as the Par Excellence uniform in 1982.  The Hilton College, under Dean Lattin, loaned Par Excellence the seed money needed to purchase necessary equipment and uniforms.  Further donations were generously donated by ARA Services.

Currently, we are advised by Chef Reba Haskell who has been instrumental in Par Excellence's pursuit of advancement.

Par Excellence is an honors student organization dedicated to promoting the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management and its members through the actual experience of managing and operating first class hospitality staffing services of the Greater Houston area.
— Mission Statement

Fall 2018 Executive Team

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Chef Reba Haskell

Chef Haskell brings 20 years of experience with Pappas Restaurants to the classroom, including front- and back-of-house management, catering management and event planning; restaurant expertise also includes menu design, event design, financial and revenue management, beverage management and food costs; developed company policies and procedures for staff retention; developed and enforced personnel policies, standard operating procedures and employee handbooks.



B.S., Business Management


Expertise & Research Interests

  • Restaurant Management and Development
  • Back-of-House Systems
  • Event Planning and Execution
  • Event Sales




General Manager

Pablo Ramirez

Pablo Ramirez is currently a sophomore at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Pablo's interest in the Hospitality industry began when he studied Culinary Arts in his home town of El Paso where learned to love catering and events from his chef instructor at the time. Knowing the basics of cooking and currently working for City Kitchen Catering in Houston, Pablo now seeks a career in food and beverage operations. 

Activities & Affiliations

  • CityKitchen Catering
  • Cooking

Educational Goals

Emphasis in Food and Bevarage Operations



Past President & EVent Coordinator

Quincy Reynolds

Quincy is dually enrolled at the University of Houston in the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management and the Honors College. She joined Par Excellence to network with dedicated individuals in Hilton College and explore the hospitality events of Houston. As Past President and Event Coordinator, Quincy is very excited to continue making this organization a success for all. She has had a wonderful time managing the best organization in the Hilton College and is more excited than ever for this upcoming semester.


Educational Goals

Emphasis in Lodging Management

Leadership Studies

Activities & Affiliations

  • HLAGH, President
  • Honors College, Student Mentor
  • Omnicron Delta Kappa, Honoree
  • Eta Sigma Delta, Honoree
  • Phi Kappa Phi, Honoree


Financial Controller

Wei-Hsi "Jessica" Hsu

Wei-Hsi "Jessica" Hsu is an international student from Taiwan with a Bachelor's Degree in the science of Horticulture. She's now a Sophomore at the Conrad N. Hilton College with the emphasis on food and beverage. She has four Dachshund dogs in Taiwan and she hopes one day she can have her own dog café. She has been a member of Par Excellence since Fall 2016. She joined this organization to learn more about the service industry, gain more experience with real-life practices, and meet more friends who have the same passions. She learned more accounting practices by being the Assistant Controller of Par Excellence, and is now ready to take over the position of Controller.


Educational Goals

Emphasis in Food & Beverage Management


Activities & Affiliations




Co-Training Director

Minh D. "Bobby" Nguyen

Minh D. Nguyen, also known as Bobby, is a sophomore at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. A dedicated and motivated student, Minh hopes to pursue a career in lodging operations and development worldwide. He joined Par Excellence in the Fall of 2017, in search for valuable experience, influential people, and practical knowledge in the service industry. After a short time with the organization, he realized that Par Excellence satisfied his pursuit to positively advance his future. Now, with many pleasant experiences, Minh is eager to be coaching the next team of star penguins!

Activities & Affiliations

  • HFTP, Vice President
  • Red Cross UH, Member
  • Chartwells, Management Intern

Educational Goals

Emphasis in Lodging Management


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Co-Training Director

Allison Mahlstedt

Allison Mahlstedt is a senior at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management with an emphasis in Event Management. After graduation, she wishes to pursue a career in event management within the hospitality industry. Allison joined Par Excellence in Spring 2018 to make new connections with students and clients alike. Now, he is excited to co-train the Fall 2018 class of Par Excellence Penguins! 


Activities & Affiliations

  • MPI, Member
  • Student Housing and Residential Life, Resident Advisor

Educational Goals

Emphasis in Event Management


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Director of Marketing

Xiao "Lilac" Li

Lilac is a graduate student at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. She joined Par Excellence since the Spring of 2017 to acquire service skill and experience which would be beneficial for her future career and to build her network in the hospitality industry. She has developed a passion for working in Par Excellence which is a fabulous platform for learning, and venue for contributing to the market expansion in the Great Houston area. She hope she can establish long-lasting friendships with the members of Par Excellence, the customers of Par Excellence, and people in the industry.


Emphasis in Lodging Management

Activities and Affiliations

  •  Phi Kappa Phi, Honoree