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
How a South Florida mother went from desperation to just desserts When her life fell apart 10 years ago, a South Florida mother of two let go and let God to show her the way. Now, she's enjoying success and sharing her story to inspire others. Read Entire Story.
Regynald Washington is named top foodservice operator of 2019 Regynald Washington, the one-time busboy who rose to president of a concessionaire that runs a wide variety of airport restaurants, was named last night as the nation’s top foodservice operator by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA). Read Entire Story.
Larry J. Harris will be our guest speaker for The Professor Michael E. Hurst Distinguished Hospitality Leaders Lecture Series
LARRY J. HARRIS '81 Larry Harris is a freelance consultant to entrepreneurial concerns. His areas of specialty include strategic planning, organizational development, real estate, finance and environmental strategy. Mr. Harris co‐founded Pollo Tropical restaurants in Miami, Florida, in 1988. Under his leadership as CEO and Chairman of the Board, the company grew from a single restaurant to a multi-million dollar 50-unit public company. Mr. Harris left the company when it was sold in 1998. Read Entire Story.
Alba Baylin ‘95, alumna, VP Customer Marketing at The Coca-Cola Company to participate at Power Up Women’s Leadership Summit
Alba Baylin ‘95, alumna, VP Customer Marketing at The Coca-Cola Company to participate at Power Up Women’s Leadership Summit Read Entire Story.