Coolest class on campus: Advice from David Grutman and his celebrity, CEO friends It seems these days we look to celebrities for fashion, food and lifestyle advice, what type of clothes to wear, what techie item to buy, what soda to drink and what restaurant to see-and-be-seen. Hollywood is taking over the consumer market. Many celebrities have built multimillion and even billion dollar businesses and brands—not just through their popularity, but with sweat equity. Now, FIU students are learning those business lessons directly from some of the world’s most famous celebrities thanks to a class taught by Miami nightlife entrepreneur David Grutman. Click here to read the article on FIU News
FIU Chaplin Grad Students wins silver prize at the 2019 Student Market Study Competition in NYC Neeti Ayare, Iseul “Chloe” Ko, Tianyu “Bell” Pan, and Xin “Ivy” Wang accomplished a great achievement by winning the silver prize among graduates students from UCF, UNLV, Georgia State, University of Houston, and Temple at the 2019 Student Market Study Competition. Led by Dr. Howook “Sean” Chang, the students worked hard and made us proud! Please see pictures below:
DEAN MICHAEL CHENG INVITES YOU AND A GUEST TO JOIN HIM FOR A HOSPITALITY ALUMNI REUNION SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2019 1-4 pm RSVP!
Dr. Carolin Lusby Receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award to Brazil for teaching and research on tourism and conservation
The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board are pleased to announce that Dr. Carolin Lusby of Florida International University has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Brazil in tourism. Dr. Lusby will lecture at the University of Sao Paulo as well as the Federal University in Rio de Janeiro. Her research aims to strengthen tourism's ability to be a tool for environmental conservation in the Brazilian Amazon. Dr. Lusby is one of over 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2019-2020 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 390,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all disciplines, while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the [...]
Joe Mellia '86 of The Envoy Hotel honored as 2019 General Manager of the Year by HHM Hospitality. Joe was recognized this month by HHM Hospitality as their 2019 General Manager of the Year among 100 general managers across 115 properties. Due to Joe’s tremendous strides in helping The Envoy Hotel achieve incredible revenue since its opening in 2015, the property’s market share increased, earning the #1 spot in ADR, RevPAR, and RevPAR growth in its set for the first time. Joe’s dedication and passionate spirit leads the team with a strong, affable style that breeds confidence onto staff and spreads credibility in the community. Recent Industry Awards and Accolades: The Envoy Hotel HHM Hospitality, Hotel of the Year, 2018 US News & World Report, Top 50 Rooftop Bars in the World, 2018 Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards, 2018 Boston Magazine, Best Neighborhood Bar in the Seaport, 2018 Fodor’s Best Awards, 7 Hotels with Bars You Need to Visit, 2018 Fodor’s Best Awards, 8 Hotel Rooftops to Enjoy in Boston, 2018 OpenTable, Diners’ Choice Award, 2018
Regynald G. Washington won the GRA's Lifetime Achievement Award Regynald G. Washington won the GRA's Lifetime Achievement award for his long and distinguished career in the restaurant industry at the 2019 Grace Awards dinner. He was among the winners honored for excellence in the industry. Lifetime Achievement – Regynald Washington Regynald Washington currently serves as President of the Paradies Lagardère Dining Division. After its acquisition of Hojeij Branded Foods (HBF) in 2018, Paradies Lagardère became the third-largest operator in the North American airport travel retail and restaurant industry with total annual sales exceeding $1.2 billion. The combined brand portfolio offers airport partners and the traveling consumer a vast array of concepts including Vino Volo, Chick-fil-A, P.F. Chang's, Pei Wei, Bar Symon by Chef Michael Symon, illy Caffè, Longhorn Steakhouse, and Cat Cora. Read Entire Story.
Free IAEE Membership for Students and Faculty Interested in learning more about the exciting industry of exhibitions and events? Join FIU’s membership with IAEE, the International Association of Exhibitions & Events. Membership with IAEE has everything you need to succeed as a new industry professional, from building your professional network to gaining industry knowledge.Click here to find out more
Hospitality at Sea FIU Study Abroad program offers students an opportunity to sail and study. Florida International University’s Hospitality at Sea program is equal parts fun and education. The Study Abroad learning experience allows students, including those who are online learners, to earn up to six college credit hours in just a few weeks while on a cruise. In its eighth year (nine cruises total), the program recently hosted more than 80 students this summer during a transatlantic voyage through Europe. Setting sail from Port Canaveral, FL, students visited port stops in Ponta Delgada, Portugal; Funchal, Portugal; Seville, Spain; Granada, Spain; Cartagena, Spain; Palma, Spain; and Barcelona, Spain. Click here to read the article by Monica Smith
Chaplin School offers new online master’s degree in mega-event planning, execution The Miami International Boat Show. Art Basel. The Olympic Games. Coachella. The sheer scale, production and, in most cases, extravagance of these mega events can create engineering and logistical nightmares. As such, the nationally ranked Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management launched a new, fully online master’s degree in hospitality management with a specialization in mega-event planning—the first of its kind in the world. Find out more!
CEO Interview: Wayne E. Chaplin, CEO, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits What current events, trends or issues do you feel our industry is facing right now? What do you consider to be the driving forces of change for the hospitality industry in the near future? What changes do you expect our industry to see in the next five years? What competencies do you feel are necessary for an individual to succeed in the hospitality industry? What are your expectations for hospitality students? What message would you like to give to hospitality educators? Is there anything else you would like to share? Find out what Wayne E. Chaplin's thought's are on the questions above! *Published in International Hospitality Review