Carl Winston

Carl Winston


Carl Winston has over 35 years of experience in a variety of senior executive level hospitality and tourism industry positions in academia and the “real world.”

He is the founding Director of the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at San Diego State University. Launched in 2001, the School has earned a global reputation for its innovations, rigor, relevance and near perfect placement rate for graduates.

He is also the founding Managing Director of the China Hospitality Education Initiative (CHEI) and lead Academic Advisor to the Marriott Foundation for the initiative. CHEI was launched in 2013 and now supports more than 75 colleges and universities in China.

Prior to moving into academia, he had run hundreds of hotels and restaurants throughout the U.S. and Canada. He also ran a chain of small theme parks and started his professional career in public accounting. Mr. Winston has been involved with a large number of local, regional and international industry associations and groups where he has served in leadership positions and Boards of Directors. He served on MPI’s IBOD for 7 years, including 2 on the executive committee.

His education includes a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego and a Master’s of Professional Studies in Hotel Administration, Cornell University.