The Hospitality College Success Stories

These Johnson & Wales University graduates are changing the Hospitality industry, with careers at elite hotels, pro sports sites and top tourist destinations. They all made it happen at The Hospitality College.

Clay Snyder Sr. chats with students at JWU's Providence Campus.Hilton's $1 Million Gift to JWU
“It’s a definite high point in our longtime partnership,” says Chancellor John Bowen '77.

JWU alums and Hilton brand ambassadors Rob Palleschi and Clay Snyder came to a ceremony marking Hilton’s ongoing commitment to JWU.

“I’m looking forward to celebrating many more successes together,” says Snyder.

Alumni in Hospitality

At Ritz-Carlton, Teaching Hospitality's Gold Standards
Meet Jill Guindon-Nasir '97, vice president at the Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center.

Silver Medal at World Culinary Olympics
Chef-instructor Brian Campbell’s team wins at the Internationale Kochkunst Austellung (IKA).

Feeding Facebook
Facebook's top chef? No, Josef Desimone '02 goes by "culinary overlord."

Sports Advertising Exec Beat Competition
Ryan Lester '05, the US Soccer Federation's advertising & promotions manager, got his start as an intern.

Career Advice

Ask a Musician/Artist Manager
Marshall Freeman '06, president/CEO
Creative Music Group Inc.

Ask a Senior VP
Julie Coker '89, senior vice president, convention division
Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau

Branding Hilton

Rob credits JWU for the work ethic, creativity, and hands on experience that helped him achieve his career goals. read more

Make Your Event Career Happen: Barbara's Tips

How do you turn your DNC internship into a career? Ask Barbara: she did it in downtown Denver's events industry. read more

Doubletree by Hilton Director: Career Advice

VIDEO: JWU grad Clay started out valet parking at a Providence hotel. Now, he’s managing DoubleTree by Hilton’s brand — at 250 hotels around the world. read more