It is wonderful that so many of you have stepped up to support our activities throughout the year. Your continued support and engagement with us enriches student learning and allows us to maintain closer ties with our industry. No wonder our momentum grows each day. This fall, the HTM Department had an exciting semester.
I would like to thank Rob McCarthy for his tenure as HTM Leadership Board Chair. With his leadership, passion, and commitment to the board and the department, he has helped move our program successfully forward. I appreciate his time, efforts, and support towards our Department and the hospitality and tourism industry. This past November Rob transitioned to HTM Chair Emeritus.
We have a new HTM Leadership executive team that started in November. A special thank you to newly elected Jon Crellin, Chair; Laurie Stroll, Vice Chair; Mike Sacenti, Development Chair; Bert James, Nomination Chair; and John Koshivos, External Relations and Engagement Chair. We appreciate all of our HTM Leadership Board members.
HTM Department Leadership
I am also pleased to announce that Dr. Atul Sheel will serve as our Associate Department Chair. Atul has been an HTM faculty member since 1989 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in Finance. He specializes in hospitality finance and revenue management. He also serves as editor of the Journal of Hospitality Financial Management (JHFM), the official refereed journal of International Association of Hospitality Financial Management Educators.
HTM Student Engagement
This fall, the HTM Department hosted the first Young Alumni Panel. This opportunity for our seniors in the HTM Capstone classes focused on real world experience, words of wisdom and career advice. A special thank you to our panelists who shared their experiences and invaluable advice.
In addition, our student–run Career Day Committee hosted their first Fall Rapid Recruiting Reception. A special thank you to the corporations who participated, we hope you enjoyed your time with us at UMass and will join us again for our 44th HTM Career Day and Rapid Recruiting in the Spring.
Our Alumni and Industry Partners
Our fall HTM Annual NYC Reception hosted by the Westin New York at Times Square was a complete success. Congratulations to Daniel Harpaz’ 14 who received the 2017 NYC Outstanding Young Alumni Award for his dedication and passion towards the industry and the HTM Department. It was wonderful to see so many of you in attendance.
Our thanks to all of you who help make these events possible.