JWU College of Hospitality Management

JWU Sets the Stage at Expo! Expo!

You couldn’t help but notice the JWU connections at the recent Expo! Expo! held in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dubbed the “show for shows,” it's the must-attend event for anyone plugged–in to the exhibitions and events field to learn about the latest trends, technology and tools of the trade while networking with like-minded enthusiasts.

Topics: Hospitality Event Management

The Booming Business of Travel and Tourism: Top Trends for 2019

If travel and tourism is what you live, breathe and dream about, we’ve got good news around the fast-growing global industry, along with some of the latest trends to stay on top of.

Topics: Travel & Tourism Hospitality

Exploring Sustainability: An Interview with Douglas Stuchel

Sustainability may be a buzzword in the hospitality industry, but for College of Hospitality Management associate professor Douglas Stuchel, it’s what he grew up with — and it’s a topic he’s passionate about.

Topics: Food & Beverage Management Sustainability Hospitality Restaurant, Food & Beverage Management

The Hotel Room of the Future: A Roundtable Discussion with Hilton

Imagine walking into a hotel room that’s set at the exact air temperature you like. With art on the walls from your favorite artist — or maybe photos of your family. And when your alarm goes off in the morning, the drapes open, your favorite music comes on and the shower starts automatically at the temperature you prefer.

Topics: Hotel & Lodging Management Alumni Hospitality

SEEM Student Lands Dream Job with Miami Dolphins

Samantha Creech ’18 was preparing to fly to Florida to interview for a job with the Miami Dolphins when she called human resources to find out who she would be meeting with.

Topics: Hospitality Careers

‘It’s All About Customer Satisfaction’: Master Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim On Bartending

Want to know how to make the perfect dry martini? The most delicious mojito? Talk to master mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim, a legend in the field. Author of “The Modern Mixologist,” Abou-Ganim has created cocktail menus at some of the finest restaurants and hotels across the country and has won 3 Iron Chef competitions. He was Mario Batali’s first bartender at his first restaurant, Po. He was contacted by Steve Wynn’s team to head up the cocktail beverage program at Bellagio in Las Vegas. Oh, and he’s also a National Ambassador for the United States Bartenders Guild.

Topics: Hotel & Lodging Management Hospitality Food & Beverage Management

DVP Dawn Sweeney: ‘Restaurants Are the Fabric of America’

According to Dawn Sweeney, president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association (NRA), data collected by the NRA’s Education Foundation shows that “restaurants are the fabric of America and drive the economy.”

Topics: Distinguished Visiting Professor Scholarships Hospitality Providence Food Service Management

Not Just Another Cup of Tea: Hospitality Students Hear from Bigelow Tea CEO

The American consumer has an almost limitless amount of options when they head to the grocery store — so much so that it can be an overwhelming experience. Sometimes, one may even think, “I’ll just buy this brand. What’s the difference?”

Cindi Bigelow is on a mission to change that way of thinking.

Topics: Hospitality Johnson & Wales University

INTIX CEO on Finding Success in the Ticketing Industry

Maureen Andersen is on a quest to eradicate the phrase “just the box office” from the English language.

As president and CEO of INTIX, the global organization for ticketing professionals, Andersen serves as an enthusiastic cheerleader for a career path that doesn’t always get the respect it deserves. She outlines her pent-up exasperation that a lifetime of being asked, “So, what do you do?” is met with a dismissive, “Oh, just the box office.” “We’re not just anything!” she explains. “We’re circus masters in the big top. We’re type A, organized, loyal, talented individuals who make up the incredibly diverse ticketing industry.”

Topics: Hospitality

DVP Tom Murray Talks Leadership, Personal Growth with JWU Students

He encouraged students to “grow themselves.” Tom Murray, CEO of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA), said once he hit his 20s, he knew he had to keep learning and pursuing new goals. “I made myself more valuable to other people. What I was looking for was further personal growth.”

Topics: Hospitality Charlotte Johnson & Wales University