My passion is preparing the future leaders of the hospitality industry.”


Prior to joining JWU in 2009, Rex Warren enjoyed a 29-year career in the hospitality industry.

For 11 years, he served on the senior leadership team for the North America division of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide as senior Vice President of Finance and CFO. In that role, he was responsible for strategic planning, management reporting and the overall finance and accounting function for Starwood’s owned and managed hotels in North America.

Before joining Starwood, Warren spent 10 years with Interstate Hotels Corporation as a regional director of Finance and 8 years in various management roles in Hilton- and Marriott-owned hotels, as well as work in mixed use developments.

In 1983, he and his family built, opened and operated Scampi’s Restaurant on South Padre Island, Texas. Although the family sold the restaurant 4 years later, it remains an island institution.

Warren has served on the adjunct faculty of New York University and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in their Hospitality programs. He currently teaches courses in marketing, strategic management, revenue management, sales & meeting management, and front office operations.

Warren is a Certified Public Accountant (Texas) and a Certified Hospitality Accounting Executive (CHAE). He is a member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA).

Professional Memberships

  • Hotel Sales and Marketing Association, 2013-present
  • International Council of Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE), 2012-present


  • “The Broken Restaurant: A Task Force Case Study,” ICHRIE Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Cases, 2015. Authors: Rex N. Warren and Jane Boyland

Sample Courses

  • HOSP 3077: Revenue Management
  • HOSP 6030: Franchising and Licensing
  • MGMT 1002: Business Management II
  • HOSP 3005: Leading Service Excellence in the Hospitality Industry
  • FISV 5600: Financial Management
  • HOSP 6509: Hospitality & Tourism Global Issues