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April 20: Hospitality industry leaders to give annual lecture

By Sue McMurray, Carson College of Business

Furano,-left,-and-ZislisPULLMAN, Wash. – Dave Furano and Michael Zislis, cofounders of Rock & Brews restaurants, will present “Serving Those Who Rock” during the annual Burtenshaw Distinguished Lecture Series at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, in the CUB auditorium at Washington State University. The public is invited.

Started in 2012, Rock & Brews offers a high energy dining and entertainment atmosphere with affordable, high quality American comfort food and a broad selection of international and craft brews. Guests are immersed in a family-friendly rock ‘n’ roll experience. Rock & Brews restaurants are located in seven states and Mexico.

Furano is the company’s chief visionary officer. He toured for five years with the Ice Follies as an assistant to the arena’s general manager. He produced a number of rock’s most momentous concert tours and was tour manager for the Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Led Zeppelin, George Harrison and more.

Master brewer Zislis opened one of the first brewpubs on California’s fledgling pub scene and then several other pubs up and down the coast. He owns the Shade Hotel brand and other restaurants, including Rock’n Fish and The Strand House.

The Burtenshaw Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by alumnus DeVere Jerry and Angelina Burtenshaw in memory of their son, Calvin Brett. The lecture is presented annually by the WSU School of Hospitality Business Management.


Anita Young, WSU College of Business, 509-335-3931,
Sue McMurray, WSU College of Business, 509-335-7578,



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