John McKibbon honored with Hospitality Award from USF Sarasota-Manatee

John McKibbon, Chairman of the McKibbon Hotel Group, was awarded by the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) with the Hospitality Leadership Award at their first semi-annual HospitaBULL Evening.

McKibbon was selected for the award based on the following criteria: recognition of an individual who has shown particular dedication to the interests of the USF Sarasota-Manatee School of Hotel & Restaurant Management by making significant and continuing contributions to the hotel and restaurant industries; demonstration of exemplary leadership abilities that enable others to succeed in the hospitality field; leadership of noteworthy contributions to the hospitality field on a single project over several years or during a career; commitment to professional growth; and service as a role model or mentor that shows dedication to the advancement of individuals in hospitality.

The award was presented at the first HospitaBULL Evening event, an educational and fundraising function for the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management (SHRM), hosted at IMG Academies Country Club in Bradenton.  The SHRM students facilitated the entire evening, start to finish, through event planning and management, meal planning, and event/banquet training.  A food preparation class prepared the meal and students selected wine for each course.  The next HospitaBULL Evening will take place November 13.  More information can be obtained by visiting