Dennis Sweeney graduated in 1964 from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration majoring in Restaurant Management and Food Service Planning. He has been a partner in Joseph Baum & Michael Whiteman Co. for almost three decades.

He is a regular lecturer at the famed hotel school in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Prior to that, he was Vice President in Charge of Operations for Inhilco Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary Hilton International that operated all the public restaurants in the New York World Trade Center. These included Windows on the World and 20 other places to eat and drink, from fast food to three-star restaurants.

Mr. Sweeney also was Director of Central Services for Inhilco, running a 25,000 sq. ft. commissary and support system for the Trade Center's 125,000 sq. ft. of food facilities. Prior to that, Mr. Sweeney was Director of Planning for all the World Trade Center restaurants.

Mr. Sweeney joined Cini-Grissom Associates (now Cini-Little) from 1971-1973 to work exclusively on planning kitchen facilities for the World Trade Center restaurants, and was elected Vice President of this facilities planning company.

He worked for Horwath & Horwath (later Laventhol and Horwath) from 1964-1971, a certified public accounting firm specializing in the hospitality industry. He rose to supervisor of the Management Advisory Service Division and specialized in operations analyses of the firm's major food and beverage clients, as well as food and beverage planning and accounting.

Mr. Sweeney is past-president of the New York Chapter of the Cornell Hotel Society; a member of the American Institute of Wine and Food; and a full professional member of the Foodservice Consultants Society International. He lectured in Food Management at New York University for 12 years and has given speeches to the International Food Consultants Society, the American Management Association, Fairleigh Dickenson University, the New York City Hotel Accountants, and lectures periodically at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

In 1977 he was awarded the Modern Management Lecturers Award by Cornell for sharing professional knowledge with students and faculty.

He has served as an Industry Advisor to Hotel Ezra Cornell since 1995.

In 1996 he received the American Express Travel & Leisure Award for outstanding contributions to Cornell's School of Hotel Administration.

He was selected in 1997 to Cornell Hotel School's Second Annual Alumni Showcase as outstanding alumni of the school, representing the Northeast Region of the Cornell Hotel Society. He is the 1998 recipient of the New York Chapter of the Cornell Hotel Society's "Hotelie of the Year" Award.