• Meet the CHS NYC Board Members!

  • Rich Levins '13


    Rich graduated from the Hotel School in 2013 with a Minor in Real Estate and concentrations in Real Estate Development and Information Systems. Rich is currently a Director at Fulcrum Hospitality, a boutique operating partner, asset manager, and transaction advisor in the lodging and gaming space and is primarily responsible for the preliminary underwriting, financial modeling, and asset management of Fulcrum's potential acquisitions and managed portfolio. Rich was one of the 2014 CHS NYC Hotel Reception Chairs and served as CHS NYC Events Chair for 2015 and 2016.

    Morgan Fleischman '11


    Morgan Fleischman graduated from the School of Hotel Administration in 2011. Morgan is a Finance Manager in the Corporate Planning & Analysis group at American Express, where he manages company-wide financial planning and forecasting processes and carries out high-visibility projects for senior management. When he is not working, Morgan enjoys traveling, skiing, ice hockey, and food and wine.

    Krista Bekkevold '13

    Events Co-Chair

    Krista Bekkevold has been working in hospitality marketing and sales for the last few years. Krista has worked in OTA hotel acquisitions and account management covering different markets such as the Mid Atlantic Region, Northeast territories and New York City. She works with hotel partners on growing revenues through strategic and competitive initiatives. Most recently, she joined Hopper, as the company expands into launching hotels into multiple markets including New York City, LA, Las Vegas, Chicago and Miami. Hopper is a new kind of travel company that is reinventing the way people plan and book travel by leveraging the power of mobile conversation and big data in the form of hotel and flight prices.

    Daphne Rayappu '12

    Events Co-Chair

    Daphne Rayappu graduated from School of Hotel Administration in 2012 with a Minor in Marketing for the Services Industry. Daphne is currently a Senior Associate for New Member Development at WeWork, focusing on outbound sales development for the East region. WeWork transforms buildings into beautiful, collaborative workspaces and provides infrastructure, services, events, and tech so its members can focus on doing what they love. As a student at Cornell, Daphne was involved in the Hotel School Ambassadors and interned with the Cornell Dining and Events department.

    Kira West '15

    Social Media Chair

    Kira West is a recent graduate of Cornell University and currently a Catering Sales Manager at the Conrad New York. While at Cornell, Kira found unique ways to combine her interests in Inequality Studies, Business, and Hospitality. She also served on the HEC 90 Board of Directors as the Director of Marketing and Communications. Kira is a part of the University's Alumni Ambassador Network and is very interested in continuing to be active as an alumna. Kira has been involved with CHS for the past two years and oversees the social media accounts and is responsible for assisting with E-marketing and increasing engagement.

    Hanif Jivraj

    E-Marketing Chair

    Hanif Jivraj is the Director of Revenue at The Gramercy Park Hotel New York. In the past he has held revenue positions at Yotel, Jumeirah Essex House, the London NYC and the Plaza Hotel. He has also worked at American Express and Orbitz. Hanif got his start in hotels from Hilton Hotels, having been at the Waldorf=Astoria, The Hilton at Short Hills and the New York Hilton. A native New Yorker, Hanif enjoys photography, music and watching the Yankees. His photography is available for sale at www.facebook.com/hjivrajphotos

    Erik Warner '98

    Advisory Board Chair

    Erik Warner is a Principal with Eagle Point Hotel Partners ("EPHP"), a venture between CarVal Investors (formerly known as Cargill Value Investment) and Ramsfield Real Estate. The company is an opportunistic hotel real estate investor, lender and asset manager. Mr. Warner graduated from the School of Hotel Administration in 1998. When he is not working he enjoys traveling with his family, sailing, photography, lion taming, food and wine.

    Cherie Bagwill '84

    80's Committee Chair

    Cherie is currently Vice President of Schrier Wirth Executive Search. She has been with the firm for more than 10 years and has successfully placed candidates in a wide range of hospitality related positions. She is a graduate of the Masters of Professional Studies Program at Cornell University's School of Administration and she received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and International Studies from Rollins College.