Story of Fund
To the many who knew Fran Levin, she will be remembered for her magnetic smile. With over 30 years in the hospitality industry, she shared her winning smile with numerous colleagues from State College to Washington, DC. Fran was very involved with Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI), serving on their Executive Board and as a past president of HSMAI's Washington D.C. Chapter. She was Director of Sales at the Vista International Hotel, the Omni Georgetown Hotel and part of the pre-opening team of the Renaissance Hotel at Techworld before moving to State College to become the general manager of the Atherton Hilton in 1988. Later, she worked for Penn State University (PSU) as the Director of Sales and Marketing for Penn State Hospitality Services, during which time she served on the boards of the Pennsylvania Society of Association Executives and Historic Hotels of America.
Fran also found time to give back to her community. She was President of the Centre County Convention & Visitors Bureau and a former Secretary/Treasurer of Pennsylvania Travel Council (now the Pennsylvania Tourism & Lodging Association). She also served on the boards of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, PSU's Centre Stage, Centre County Meals on Wheels, Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra (now Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra), and HSMAI Foundation Board.