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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

FIU Hospitality alumnus is featured on Forbes 30 under 30

David Foulquier graduated in 2013. The first-generation American owns and runs Fooq’s, a downtown Miami restaurant which sells “feel good food.” Its eclectic menu – featuring ghormeh sabzi alongside steak frites – draws from his… read more on Sourced from

Dean’s advisory council member and GMCVB president and CEO, Bill Talbert, featured as Ultimate CEO

By Jeff Zbar  – Correspondent, South Florida Business Journal Jun 21, 2018 In the last 18 months, Bill Talbert and his team at the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau have endured a host of “headwinds” that might have created serious challenges for other travel spots. The Miami Beach Convention Center closed for a six-month “blackout” period […]

Be part of the upcoming alumni events in Orlando and New York

Hospitality Alumni Reception in Orlando, FL September 7, 2018, The Grove Resort & Spa, Orlando, FL 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sponsor: Humberto “Burt” Cabanas ’76, Chairman, Benchmark Hospitality International For more information or to RSVP, please contact dean Rocco Angelo at 305.919.4515 or Hospitality Alumni Reception in Miami October 22, 2018, Fontainebleau Miami Beach (Scarpetta Terrace) 6:00-8:00 […]

Krystal Roman makes use of career closet, gets internship at Southern Glazer’s

The Career Closet at the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Career Development Program was established in spring 2018, thanks to the generosity of Lani Kane-Hanan ’87 MS ’04. Lani is Executive Vice President, Resort Development, Revenue & Inventory Management and Product Innovation at Marriott Vacations Worldwide and currently serves as chairman of the […]

Scholarship Endowment Created in Memory of George Minutaglio Jr.

Scholarship Endowment Created in Memory of George Minutaglio Jr. Carrabba’s Italian Grill® and FIU Partner to provide assistance to first-generation students TAMPA, Fla., May 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Carrabba’s Italian Grill announced a scholarship endowment in honor of George Minutaglio, Jr., former Vice President of Operations who passed away at the age of 48 in […]

Turning a passion into a business—in China

How an FIU Alum became a wine seller in China By Elizabeth Wesner, Assistant Dean, Marriott Tianjin China Program At a busy, crowded booth in the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Hongqiao Shanghai, Emilio Guerra negotiates with potential distributors and retailers using English and a Chinese translator, while conversing with his work colleagues in Spanish. As he […]