The Gettys Group Companies Founders Named Cornell Hospitality Innovators of the Year


Roger Hill ’87 and Andrew Fay ’87, cofounders of The Gettys Group Companies, have been named the 2019 Cornell Hospitality Innovators by the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration (SHA). Hill and Fay received their award at the 11th annual Cornell Hospitality Icon and Innovator Awards gala, Tuesday, June 4, at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.

“At They Gettys Group, we have tried to create a diverse and inclusive culture where the creative process is celebrated and where people can have fun, take risks and make mistakes,” said Fay.  “In fact, in our minds, failure and innovation are inseparable, understanding that we learn the most when we don’t’ get it right. On that basis, I can say with great confidence, we have certainly learned an awful lot along the way!”

“We are particularly proud to receive this recognition from Cornell, an institution that has been at the very heart and soul of The Gettys Group Companies for more than 30 years,” said Hill. “In fact, without Cornell, there would be no Gettys Group, for it was at the Hotel School in 1984 that we first dreamt of starting our business in Chicago.”

“We would like to recognize our business partners, as well as our exceptional team members, incredible industry collaborators, and many clients who have trusted us, believed in us and supported us from the beginning. Thank you all.”