Thomas Corcoran, president & CEO, TCOR Hotel Partners, and Shatterproof Advisory Board member was presented inaugural Hospitality Hero Award  by Geoff Ballotti, president and chief executive officer of Wyndham Hotel Group

NEW YORK, NY– January 29, 2018 – Senior executives across the hotel industry united at ALIS (The Americas Lodging Investment Summit), the leading and largest hotel investment conference in the world, last week to end the stigma of addiction with national nonprofit, Shatterproof.

Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastation the disease of addiction causes families, hosted a reception on January 23rd as an effort to end the stigma of addiction and raise funds to prevent and treat the disease and to honor the first recipient of the Shatterproof Hospitality Hero Award, Thomas Corcoran (president & CEO, TCOR Hotel Partners). Corcoran is a member of Shatterproof’s Advisory Board and has been an integral part of uniting the leaders of the hospitality world to come together for this cause.

Over forty hospitality companies joined Shatterproof in sponsoring this event in support of Shatterproof and its founder and CEO, Gary Mendell, a former hotelier (Chairman of HEI Hotels & Resorts), whose son Brian lost his life to addiction in 2011. The event raised over $580k towards the mission of Shatterproof.

Studies have shown that the hospitality industry is impacted by addiction at two times the rate of other industries, so Shatterproof’s mission is particularly important.

"I am blown away by the incredible support of the hotel industry.” says Gary Mendell, “I could not be more grateful of my peers’ commitment to our cause. These leaders of the hospitality world embody the industry’s resolute support of ending the stigma of addiction and the devastation the disease causes families.”

Mendell had regularly attended the ALIS conference in his 25-year long career in the hospitality industry. After losing his son Brian to addiction, he founded Shatterproof to spare other families of the tragedy his family suffered. In 2016 and 2017, Shatterproof hosted the Shatterproof Challenge Rappel alongside ALIS which raised over $1.6 million dollars. Since 2016, the hospitality industry has raised over $2 million dollars for Shatterproof at events at ALIS.

“It was my privilege to receive this award, but more importantly to help raise awareness and mission critical funds for Shatterproof.” says Tom Corcoran. “Our industry is disproportionately affected by addiction and helping to end stigma and talk about it at a high visibility event such as ALIS is extremely important.”

The 2018 Host Committee for the Shatterproof Hospitality Heroes Reception included: Geoff Balotti (CEO, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts), Mike Barnello (President & CEO, LaSalle Hotel Properties), James Burba (CEO, Burba Hotel Network), Thomas Corcoran (president & CEO, TCOR Hotel Partners), Joel Eisemann (chief development officer, Intercontinental Hotels), Andrea Foster (SVP, Development, Marcus Hotels & Resorts), Kirk Kinsell, Gary Mendell (founder & CEO, Shatterproof, Chairman, HEI Hotels & Resorts), William Reynolds (Senior Managing Director, Marcus Hotels & Resorts), Anthony Rutledge (CEO, HEI Hotels & Resorts), Mark Woodworth (Senior Managing Director, CBRE Hotels) and Alfred Young, (COO, LaSalle Hotel Properties).

For more information regarding the reception, as well as a complete list of sponsors, please visit

About Shatterproof

Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the devastation the disease of addiction causes families. Shatterproof works to end the stigma and foster a community of support for families. Shatterproof provides families with evidence-based resources to support prevention, treatment and recovery. Shatterproof advocates for changes in policy at the federal and state level and supports the development and implementation of evidence-based solutions for substance-use disorders.

About Gary Mendell

Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof, the leading national nonprofit dedicated to reducing the stigma of addiction and the devastation it causes families. Mendell has spent more than 25 years as an entrepreneur. He founded HEI Hotels & Resorts, a multi-billion-dollar company that oversees 70 hotels, and he previously served as President of Starwood Lodging Trust. Losing his son, Brian, in 2011 after a ten-year struggle with addiction, Mendell made a promise to spare other families from this tragedy. Shatterproof was created to change how addiction is perceived, prevented, and treated in the U.S. Mendell received his B.S. from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and his MBA with distinction from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.