History

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 Gloryvee Ramos and Dr. Juan Madera. Both have been key players in the success of Par Excellence.

 
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
 
 

Executive Team

 
 

Advisor

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.

 

Education

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO
B.S., Business Management

 

Expertise & Research Interests

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

 

 
 

 
 
 

General Manager

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. Now that she is General Manager, Quincy is very excited to drive the organization forward with the ideas of her members. She has had a wonderful time managing the best organization in Hilton College and is more excited than ever for this upcoming semester. She hopes to move back to her home state of Washington eventually to pursue her dream of hotel management somewhere a little colder.

 

Educational Goals

HILTON COLLEGE
Emphasis in Lodging Management

MINORS
Leadership Studies
Psychology

Activities & Affiliations

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

 
 
 

Financial Controller

Van "Cathy" Luong

Cathy is a Junior of Conrad N Hilton College with the Emphasis in Sales/Marketing/Revenue management. She plans to graduate in Fall 2018. Her near future plan is pursuing the master degree. Cathy is a Catholic and used to own up to 10 cats. Her desire is to travel around the world and creating her own travel blog about her journeys and experiences. If she won a $1,000,000, she would pursue her dream traveling around the world right away.

 

Educational Goals

HILTON COLLEGE
Emphasis in Revenue Management

MINORS
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Activities & Affiliations

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Event Coordinator

Lindsay Beauregard

Cathy is a Junior of Conrad N Hilton College with the Emphasis in Sales/Marketing/Revenue management. She plans to graduate in Fall 2018. Her near future plan is pursuing the master degree. Cathy is a Catholic and used to own up to 10 cats. Her desire is to travel around the world and creating her own travel blog about her journeys and experiences. If she won a $1,000,000, she would pursue her dream traveling around the world right away.

Activities & Affiliations

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Educational Goals

HILTON COLLEGE
Emphasis in

MINORS

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Director of Purchasing

Angelica Batard

Cathy is a Junior of Conrad N Hilton College with the Emphasis in Sales/Marketing/Revenue management. She plans to graduate in Fall 2018. Her near future plan is pursuing the master degree. Cathy is a Catholic and used to own up to 10 cats. Her desire is to travel around the world and creating her own travel blog about her journeys and experiences. If she won a $1,000,000, she would pursue her dream traveling around the world right away.

Activities & Affiliations

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Educational Goals

HILTON COLLEGE
Emphasis in

MINORS

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Training Director

Chardonai Goodwin

Cathy is a Junior of Conrad N Hilton College with the Emphasis in Sales/Marketing/Revenue management. She plans to graduate in Fall 2018. Her near future plan is pursuing the master degree. Cathy is a Catholic and used to own up to 10 cats. Her desire is to travel around the world and creating her own travel blog about her journeys and experiences. If she won a $1,000,000, she would pursue her dream traveling around the world right away.

Activities & Affiliations

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Educational Goals

HILTON COLLEGE
Emphasis in

MINORS