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AAHOA Young Professional Director Eastern Division Purvi Panwala speaks at FIU

Last week, Florida International University invited AAHOA Young Professional Director Eastern Division Purvi Panwala to speak at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management on the topics of Hospitality Marketing Strategy, Hospitality Facilities Management, and Hospitality Management in general. by: Purvi Panwala As I arrived on the FIU campus, and I could see the students in line for their morning coffee and rushing off to their classes. I received a warm welcome from... read more. Sourced from todayshotelier.com


Alumna thrives on the front lines of beer industry

Beverage connoisseurs agree: finding a great beer can be incredibly rewarding. For Paige Wuensch ’12 MS ’14, beer gave her a career and a future husband, too. Wuensch, now a regional sales manager for BrewHub, was at a pre-planning meeting for the 2013 North Miami Brewfest when she spotted William Rivera. She was a student, and he was the venue’s point of contact. They didn’t talk then, but they would meet later among friends at Falcon Pub in Davie. They ended up getting engaged. “It was very unexpected, but definitely welcome at the time. We met about beer and then we officially met with beer in hand,” Rivera said. Wuensch’s adult life has truly been... read full story


Alumnus Duffy Keys To Receive FIU’s Highest Honor

By Lazaro Gonzalez  |  Image courtesy of bcellars.com Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management alumnus Duffy Keys ’75 will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award at the 17th Annual Torch Awards Gala on Saturday, November 17, 2018. The celebration pays tribute to alumni who are making an impact in their professions, in the community and at the university. Duffy Keys is Principal and Co-Founder of B Cellars Vineyards and Winery in the Napa Valley. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast, and Wine Spectator consistently rate the company one of Napa Valley’s prominent vintners. He is an honorary member of the Board of Directors for Casa de Amparo, a California nonprofit whose mission is the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect. He also serves as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board Council at the Chaplin School. “We are proud of our alumni who, like Duffy, continue to do so many great things in their careers and the community. We are particularly proud and honored to have Duffy’s support to our school and our students,” said Dr. Michael Cheng, interim dean. For more information and to register to attend the event, please click here. Net proceeds from the annual Torch Awards Gala benefit the future construction of the FIU Alumni Center at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus and the First-Generation Scholarship Program at FIU, which supports undergraduate students who are the first in their families to attain a college degree.


Dr. Caroline Lusby actively working on ecotourism development

Dr. Carolin Lusby has been working with Conservation International on a project and grant to protect primary rainforests in the Amazon through the establishment of small scale ecotourism development in the Kayapo Indigenous Territories. These forests are under enormous threats of illegal mining, ranching and logging. She also has two presentations at the 15th World Leisure Congress from 8/28 - 9/1 in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Quilombo culture and community based tourism and attributes of a cruise vacation.


The Chaplin School awards scholarships to all incoming freshmen

By Lazaro Gonzalez Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management surprised its incoming freshman class with a $500 scholarship for each student. The scholarship announcement came during the school’s annual pinning ceremony for freshman, held on August 19. The Lee Brian Schrager Aim Higher Scholarship, named in honor of the founder and director of the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival, is funded by proceeds from the annual gourmet gathering. “We’re extremely lucky and proud to be able to do this for our students,” said Michael Cheng, interim dean of the Chaplin School. “It would not be possible without the support of the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Many FIU students come from low-income families. We hope to provide some financial relief and motivate them toward a timely graduation.” To date, the festival has raised more than $28 million for the Chaplin School. “Providing scholarship support like this to the school is the foundation on which the festival was created,” said Schrager, who also serves as Senior Vice President of Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. “These incoming students are the future leaders of the hospitality industry, and we are pleased to be able to support them as they embark on their interactive educational journey.” The Chaplin School plans to award the scholarship to all future incoming freshmen. The students will receive the $500 after completing their first 30 credits.


Chopped teen champion, author, CEO and now a hospitality freshman

It was the final round of the 2016 Chopped Teen Tournament. The only thing that stood between Eliana de Las Casas and the grand prize was a basket. When she opened it, it was filled with mangoes, graham crackers, cream cheese and gelatin. It was the basket of de Las Casas’ dreams – literally. “The night before the finale, I had a dream that those exact ingredients were in my basket, and I made mango float – a Filipino dessert – that my Nana taught me how to make,” de Las Casas said. As the clock ticked down, de Las Casas plated her mango float and presented it to the judges. While she may have dreamed about the challenge, she never could have imagined what came next. She was named the Chopped Teen Grand Champion. Read more.


Alumn Gregg Carano ’85 appointed as Senior VP, GM of leading casino entertainment company

El Dorado Resorts appoints Gregg Carano '85 as Senior Vice President, General Manager of the Eldorado Resort Casino Reno, Silver Legacy Resort Casino and Circus Circus Reno (collectively the “Reno Tri-Properties”) Gregg Carano '85 most recently served as Senior Vice President of Food and Beverage for Eldorado Resorts, Inc. and General Manager of Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort in West Virginia. Gregg Carano assumes the role from current Senior Vice President, General Manager of the Reno Tri-Properties, Gene Carano, who will continue to serve as Senior Vice President of Regional Operations, Nevada and Colorado. Read full release.


Alumnus Peter Vossenberg ’90 is Recognized as Southeastern Chef Educator of the Year

The American Culinary Foundation 2018 Southeastern Region Educator of the Year award pays tribute to an active culinary educator whose knowledge, skills and expertise have enhanced the image of the professional chef, and who, by example, has given leadership, guidance and direction to students seeking a career in the culinary profession. Read more. American Culinary Federation


Regynald G. Washington ’74 climbed from busboy to CEO. Read Q&A.

Regynald Washington is a 1974 hospitality alumnus. He gave the commencement speech at the Sunday, July 29, 2018 Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management graduation. Very Important Panther: Regynald G. Washington ’74 Chief Executive Officer, Hojeij Branded Foods Bachelor of Science in international hotel and restaurant administration, 1974 Member, Dean’s Advisory Council, Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Torch Award recipient, 2005 You’ve climbed from the lowest rung of the hospitality world — starting as a teenage busboy in the Florida Keys — to the very top — head of a company that operates the airport outlets of popular restaurant brands nationwide. How has that experience made you a better leader? Read the Regynald's answer to this and other questions.