Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management Fundraiser honoring

Brad Martin

For the Students by the Students

This event is held in order to the raise funds to support the dreams of students and to enhance their potential. The cornerstones of our program are leaders within retail, hospitality, and tourism industries. Our event also honors the legacy of those in the industry and the works they have put into creating a pathway for all that follow. The governing bodies of the Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism program graciously ensure adequate resources for education, activities to enhance the educational experience, and labor to enhance the image of the program in the public eye.




Saturday, April 2nd, 2016, 6 PM

 The Crowne Plaza: 401 W Summit Hill Dr, Knoxville, TN 37902

Blazers and Blue Jeans

Important Dates

For tickets please contact the RHTM office at (865) 974-2141

Dear Friends of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management, University of Tennessee, 

I am pleased to announce the Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management’s 14th Annual Fundraiser of 2016, Appalachian Spring. We are honoring Mike Connor as the “Innovator of the Industry!”  Mike began his successful restaurant career with Steak & Ale in Tennessee in 1975.  He then went on to create, with friends, Grady’s Restaurant.  In 1992 he formed with his brother Bo and friends, Connor Concepts which developed The Chop House and Connor's Steak & Seafood restaurants.  To date, these restaurants are operated in six states. 

The evening’s proceeds go directly to the students’ enriched educational programs and cultural experiences.  Last year the auction and ticket sales exceeded $24,000.  With your help, we can continue to make these opportunities possible.  The students are an integral part of planning, executing, and participating during the fundraiser, which is why they consider it, a “For the Students, By the Students” event. 

Our goal is to give every graduating student the possibility to experience firsthand, out of the classroom industry opportunities that will prepare them to be in-the-field career ready.  You can make this happen.  We hope you can attend on April 2nd, meet our students and enjoy a special evening with us. Donating an item/s to be a part of our silent auction is a great way to be a part of the event too.  As a donor, your company, along with the donated product or service, will gain exposure to many business and community leaders.  Every gift is tax deductible for the market value of the item or service.  Or, a sponsorship is a distinct way to support this significant student cause.  We greatly appreciate all your generosity.  

Thank you for supporting our students and future industry leaders of tomorrow.

Dr. Ann Fairhurst