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entrepreneur , Hotel executive

Ferdinand Wieland, American hotel executive, entrepreneur. Certified hotel administrator (CHA), 1979. Named to Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, 1987; decorated Army Commendation medal, 1971.


Wieland, Ferdinand was born on March 20, 1943 in Unternberg Salzburg, Austria. Came to the United States, 1966. Naturalized, 1969. Son of Rupert and Elisabeth (Bernthaler) Wieland.


Diploma, Hotel and Restaurant School, Salzburg, 1961. Bachelor of Science, Widener University, 1985.


Hotel trainee Hotel Elite and Beau Rivage Palace, Biel and Lausanne, Switzerland, 1961. Chef de rang Holland American Lines, Rotterdam, 1962-1966. Maitre d' Salum Sanctorum, New York City, 1966, Hotel du Pont, 1967-1968, food and beverage director Wilmington, Delaware, 1971-1977, general manager, 1978-1991.

President, chairman Preferred Hotel & Resorts Worldwide, Oakbrook, Illinois, 1985-1990, also board directors. President Global Marketing Associates, Wilmington, since 1988.


  • Certified hotel administrator (CHA), 1979.


  • Other Work

    • Co-Author: Managing Service in Hotel Food and Beverage Operations, 1985.


President Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau, 1983-1984. Commissioned member governor's tourism advisory board, Dover, Delaware, 1981-1991. Chairman advisory board Hotel School, University Delaware, 1981-1991.

Board directors American Red Cross, Wilmington, 1984-1986. Member Delaware Republican State Committee, since 1988, Republican National Committee, since 1987. With United States Army, 1968-1971.

United States Army Reserve, 1971-1974. Member American Hotel Association (corporation), International Hotel Association, International Protocol Officers Association, American Hotel and Motel Association (board directors, member executive committee 1978-1991, trustee Educational Institute 1983-1988), Governors Foreign Trade Council, Association Internat Skal Clubs, Tavern Club, Rotary, (board directors Wilmington club since 1989).


  • Other Interests

    Chess, bicycling, skiing, reading, travel.


Married Edda Hafner, April 19, 1966.

Rupert Wieland

Elisabeth (Bernthaler) Wieland

Edda Hafner