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Ed Copeland


Instructor, Hospitality Management

Ed Copeland, CHA, received his Bachelor of Science in Business Education and Accounting from Chicago State College. Like many hospitality industry professionals, Ed began his career on a part-time basis during college and fell in love with the industry.

During his forty year career, Ed has managed various hotels and restaurants in the Midwest and retired as Vice President of Hotel Operations for Strang Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the former Chairman, and currently Honorary Director of the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association. He also serves as Secretary and Chairman of the Scholarship Committee for the IHLA Education Foundation.

In 1990 Ed was recognized as Hotelier of the Year for the State of Illinois and General Manager of the Year for Cendant Hotels. Ed joined the Kendall faculty in 2008. He teaches Rooms Division Operations and Management courses in the Hospitality program.

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