Robert J. Koenig is responsible for the start, development, and growth of the NYIT Manhattan Hospitality Management Program, established in 1994; as well as NYIT’s M.B.A. concentration in Hospitality Management. He serves as the faculty advisor for NYIT’s School of Management’s Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter, and is the founder of The Society of Hosteurs. He serves on the Hotel Association of New York City’s Sustainability Committee and an annual judge for the Hotel Association of NYC Sustainability Awards for New York City. Published works include manuscripts in an array of academic peer-reviewed research journals and university textbooks.
He earned the following degrees from Johnson and Wales University: an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and a master’s, a bachelor’s, and three associate’s degrees pertaining to the disciplines of culinary arts; hotel administration; and food and beverage management.
He has presented research papers at academic peer-reviewed conferences within the United States and internationally; invited keynote speaker presentations include – young scholars at West Point Military Academy, NY; dignitaries of China’s Peking University, businesses and celebrity media personnel, Sheraton Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; and keynote for the BCA Global to hospitality leaders, Guastavino’s, New York.
Dr. Koenig has also been the recipient of industry awards, including “Partner of the Year 2013” with the New York chapter, PCMA. He has received four “Best Research Paper” awards by The Institute for Business and Finance and Clute Research Institute. In 2015, Koenig received the NYIT Presidential Engagement Award for student engagement in global education.
As a professional chef, his experience includes serving as executive sous chef at the 1985 Inauguration of President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George Bush (receiving a Gold Medal with the Inauguration President Seal); General Manager/Executive Chef at one of the nation’s most successful and oldest restaurants, Originals Bookbinders, Philadelphia, Pa., and Corporate Executive Chef for Sheraton with responsibilities of overseeing seven hotel properties. He has cooked for high-profile individuals including: two United States Presidents: Ronald Reagan and George H. Bush, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Lena Horne, Robert Wagner, Ava Gabor, Jesse Jackson, Don Rickles, Jacques Cousteau, Donna Summers, and many other celebrities.
Koenig has been featured and cited in many major newspapers, magazines and journals including Hotelier; Lodging; and recognized in the 2016 NAFSA – Association of International Educators 2016 Internationalizing the Campus, Profile of Success at College and Universities, for his work in building international summer education programs – which was part of the portfolio in NYIT receiving the 2016 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.
Dr. Koenig has appeared on nationwide television for cooking demonstrations and hosting a radio talk show.
Since 1994, Robert Koenig has been committed to community outreach programs to help those in need, and has established the “Bee-lieve Hospitality Student Leadership Scholarship Fund” for NYIT students.
Dr. Koenig has installed two NYIT rooftop beehives in an effort to promote sustainability.
In 2017, Koenig received the designated recognition of Honorary Professor from Shandong Technology and Business University; Yantai, China.
Koenig has established international educational programs and partnerships in Australia; Romania; Vancouver, B.C.; South Korea; and China.