Carlos W. Cook Jr. presented with CMAA Master Club Manager designation

The Club Managers Association of America has awarded the Master Club Manager designation to Chaplin alumnus, Carlos W. Cook Jr. Cook, who is currently working as the General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of the North Hills Club in Raleigh, North Carolina, is one of only 22 CMAA members to achieve the designation since its development […]

Alumni reconnect, forge new relationships during Panther Alumni Week

*photo caption: Tom Luersen ’84 (left), and Seth McDaniels ’10 (right), at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management during Panther Alumni Week Over 40 alumni returned to the Chaplin School for Panther Alumni Week to share their experiences in the hospitality industry with students and faculty. During their time here, many took the opportunity […]

Jill Wein Badger ’89, travels to Antarctica for the ‘trip of a lifetime’.

Chaplin alumna, Jill Wein Badger ’89, celebrated retirement with the ‘trip of a lifetime’ – a 14-day cruise to Antarctica. While completing a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management at the Chaplin School, Badger worked as a flight attendant for Pan Am Airlines. By the time she finished her degree, she had been to six […]

Chaplin welcomes 35 alumni during Panther Alumni Week

The Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is proud to welcome 35 of our alumni to share their knowledge and experience with students during Pather Alumni Week. A very special thank you to all of our guests: Yamila Ishmail ’88 Ryan Egozi ’06  John Allan ’92  Fiorella Aster ’04  Steve Hoodack ’92  Jody Doyle […]

Cameron G. Scholderer Fund honors the legacy of a rising star in hospitality

The FIU community experienced a sudden loss on November 30, 2016 with the passing of Chaplin School alumnus, Cameron G. Scholderer. Cameron had a real creative flair behind the bar and became a sought-after mixologist in the South Florida community. After graduating from FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management with a Bachelor of […]

Regynald Washington: Hojeij Branded Foods wins 2016 GRACE Distinguished Service Award

“The restaurant industry is most rewarding when you are delivering hospitality,” says Regynald G. Washington, CEO of Hojeij Branded Foods, the largest restaurant provider of food and beverage at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. He considers the keys to success to be “wowing the guest and developing, inspiring, motivating and educating your employees and management leaders […]

Chaplin alumnus helps rebuild homes and communities in Haiti

Frank Speranza (right), works hand-in-hand with the people of Haiti and members of The Foundation For Peace to help rebuild a community devasted by Hurricane Matthew.[/caption] Last Fall, Chaplin alumnus Frank Speranza ‘81, returned from his most recent trip to Haiti, where he worked with The Foundation For Peace to help rebuild a community devastated […]

Carlos Alcantara ’16 Named Business Development Specialist of the Year

Chaplin School alumnus Carlos Alcantara ’16 was recently presented with the award for the Royal Caribbean 2016 North East Business Development Specialist of the Year. Alcantara began working with Royal Caribbean in 2013 as a Bilingual Cruise Sales & Service Representative and moved into his current role as a Business Development Specialist in November of 2014.

Carlton Russell ’89 named President of the BHTA

Chaplin School alumnus Carlton Russell ’89 has taken over the role of President for the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association. Russell has been involved with the BHTA since becoming a Trustee for the Board of Directors in January of 2011, and has also served as Vice President of the organization since November of 2011. Russell has […]

Chaplin School Alumna Appointed Group Operations Director of Elegant Hotels

Chaplin School Alumna, Gayle Talma ’92, has been appointed Group Operations Director of Elegant Hotels. The hospitality group comprises the west and south coast luxury properties of Tamarind, Crystal Cove, The House, Turtle Beach, Colony Club and Waves Hotel & Spa. In her new role, the Florida International University graduate will report to the company’s chief […]