Doubletree by Hilton Director: Career Advice

Clay started out valet parking in college: Now, with his JWU hospitality degree, he’s managing DoubleTree by Hilton’s brand at 250 hotels around the world.

JWU graduate Clay Synder became a leader at Doubletree by Hilton3 Hotel Career Insights
From Clay Snyder ’93
Senior director, global brand performance
DoubleTree by Hilton

1. Use your JWU Alumni Network
“JWU alumni connections have opened each opportunity — from my first job as a valet parking attendant, to my current role with Hilton.”

His freshman year, Clay connected with Biltmore Hotel, where he worked until 1995. Since then, he’s:

  • Worked with Westin, Omni and Adam’s hotels
  • Been a university representative to the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
  • Been general manager of an award-winning DoubleTree Suites by Hilton hotel in Atlanta
  • Helped open hotels in Tanzania, Russia and China

Hear from Clay and other hospitality alumni in this video:

2. Think Globally
“Global growth is critical to expanding the hospitality industry,” says Clay. “Many countries have a need for quality organizations, to fill a necessary void with the expanding middle class.”

3. Go Greek at JWU
“Being part of establishing our local chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity at JWU, I was able to take that experience and utilize it in my career — building successful teams and organizations.”

It's why Clay stays connected to JWU, from serving as an alumni council president to joining Hilton Worldwide reps in presenting JWU with a $1 million gift — to help you connect with hotel leaders and JWU alumni in your career field, too.

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