Chaplin School Hosts ‘Executives in Hospitality Roundtable’ at FIU’s New Center In Washington D.C.

On June 10, Dean Mike Hampton moderated an Executives in Hospitality Roundtable themed “IMPACT: Hospitality Education Beyond 2020” at the new FIU center in the nation's capital. The event brought together industry thought leaders who shared insights on how higher education institutions will align with the evolving needs of the industry, dictated by the massive transformations taking place in global economies, markets, technologies, environments and other macro factors. Read more about the new center on FIU News From left to right - front row: Ari Weiss, Key Account Manager for Prestige Accounts-PepsiCo; John Fistolera, Assistant Executive Director, Corporate & External Affairs – DECA; Mike Hampton, Dean , Chaplin School; Jerry Montgomery, Chief Human Resource Officer- Carnival Corporationback row: Darla Zanini, EVP – ARDA International Foundation; Andy Chavez, Senior Executive, Youth Strategies & Partnerships, Marriott International; Eduardo J. Sanabia, Chief People Officer- Jose Andres- ThinkFoodGroup; Adriaan Radder ’78 ’79 MS, General Manager- Mandarin Oriental Group; Jill Hellman, Strategy & Innovation Expert; Tara Davey, Executive Director - Council of Hotel & Restaurant Trainers; Erich Hoefer,  (Former) VP, Corporate Development & Innovation, Choice Hotels; John Boettger ‘85, SVP, Asset Management & Real Estate - Hilton Worldwide ; Shivani Joshi, Senior Director, Development- Corporate Relations, Chaplin School 

Dr. Chang Wins Second Place at the Korean American Hospitality and Tourism Educators Association Conference

A research paper co-authored by Dr. Howook Chang received second place at the Korean American Hospitality and Tourism Educators Association Conference, which took place April 21-22 in Las Vegas. The paper, titled A Descriptive Study of Ambient Noise Levels in Hotel Guestrooms, took a closer look at the causes behind a frequent complaint of hotel guests - the noise level in their rooms. The results of the study will provide insight at the management level that may help hotels deliver a better night's sleep for their guests.

Alumna Awarded 2015 Opening Hotel of the Year

Chaplin School alumna Suria Plante ‘96 was recently awarded the 2015 Opening Hotel of the Year for her exceptional management of the Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port - Marriott. After joining the Marriott team in March, Plante and her team were able to secure $700,000 in revenue before the hotel opened in October - a feat that no doubt helped them stand out among the nominees. "After almost 30 years in the hotel business and opening over 5 hotels, this is the first time I have been part of a team to win such a prestigious award," said Plante. "This speaks volumes to the organization, support, team effort and great people who came together to make this happen." Plante has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Before joining Residence Inn, she served as regional director of sales and marketing for JDR Hotels and as Southeast Florida area manager for the InterContinental Hotel Group.

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