Frank Arthur Banks is the General Manager of the RIHGA Royal Hotel in Manhattan.
Mr. Banks is a New Yorker, born and educated in the city’s public schools. After graduating from Haaren High School, he served in the Merchant Marine and the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict. Armed with the G.I. Bill, Frank attended and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and then went on to Michigan State University, where he earned a B.A. in Hotel Management and an M.B.A., with Honors. He was president of Sigma Pi Eta, an honorary Hotelman’s fraternity. His hotel career brought him back to Manhattan where he managed the Waldorf=Astoria and the St. Regis Hotel in the 60’s and 70’s. He then purchased his own hotel, the Yankee Pedlar Inn, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, which was known for its fine New England cuisine. The Yankee Pedlar served over 200,000 persons each year. While Mr. Banks was proprietor of the Yankee Pedlar, he was recipient of the Restaurant and Institutions Ivy Award in 1984. In 1991, he returned to his beloved New York City to manage the newly opened, 500 suite RIHGA Royal Hotel on 54th Street, New York City’s tallest hotel.
Frank Banks is President of the Board of Trustees of Winston Preparatory School on 76th Street at Central Park West. It is the only high school in New York City for kids with learning disabilities. He is also Trustee Emeritus of the Culinary Institute of America, and is on the Board of Directors of the New York City Hotel Association, .The New York City Convention and Visitors Bureau and on the Board of the Broadway Association.
Frank Banks received the Winston Preparatory School’s Founders Award in November of 1998 for his outstanding dedication and leadership as president of their Board of Trustees. He was selected as a 1998 Silver Plate recipient, awarded by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association during the National Restaurant Show week in Chicago, May 1998. He was the first New York City General Manager ever to receive this award. He is the 1997 recipient of C.I.A.O. (Congress of Italian American Organizations) Man of the Year Award, presented by New York City’s Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Clefs d’Or, an international organization of Luxury Hotel Concierges, made him honorary member and voted him Where Magazines “Best Supporting Manager in New York City.” He was designated “Honorary Faculty Member” by Michigan State University School of Hospitality Business and selected alumnus of the year in 1993. Banks was inducted into the school’s Alumni Wall of Fame in 1996. Banks is a member of Confrerie de Ia Chaine des Rotisseurs, Les Amis d ‘Escoffier Society and l’Ordre Mondial in New York City.
Frank married his Culinary Institute of America classmate and sweetheart, Claire Louise Loveland. They are proud parents of four daughters, one son and eight grandchildren.