Bob Wahl

Associate Professor

JWU Faculty Since 2001

Contact Info

Email
robert.wahl@jwu.edu
Phone
401-598-4503
Campus
Providence

About Bob

Bob Wahl began his career in hospitality at early age, working for the Cherry Hill Inn at the age of 16. He knew then that he would have a career in the hotel industry. He enjoyed the people as well as the pace of the business.

Upon graduation from high school, Wahl spent several years in the National Guard, where he obtained the rank of 1st Lieutenant. It was there that he learned the value of teamwork and began honing his managerial and leadership skills.

Wahl attended school for hotel management and, upon graduation, worked as a controller and an information technology manager. He has worked for the Golden Nugget, Harrah’s, Radisson, Hyatt and Westin chains.

Wahl has been teaching at the university level since 2001 and specialize in the areas of finance, casino gaming, strategic management and revenue management.

His teaching philosophy is to educate students with real-world situations. His goal is to prepare students with practical skills to become competitive professionals in the industry of their choosing. Wahl's motto is: “Be professional and take responsibility for your actions.”

He views each class and each term as a separate personal learning experience that he uses to enhance future classroom innovations.

Education

  • M.S., Managerial Technology, Johnson & Wales University
  • B.S., Hospitality Management, Johnson & Wales University

Teaching Interests

Finance, Casino Gaming, Strategic Management and Revenue Management.

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Extra Curricular Roles

Faculty Advisor for the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) student chapter.
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Professional Affiliations

I am a current member of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) and Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI).


Q&A with Bob

At JWU, education is not confined to the four walls of the classroom. You’re not going to spend four years with your nose buried in a book, learning theories you may never get a chance to apply — you’re going to get out there and apply them, be it through internships, group projects, leadership opportunities, competitions and more.

How Did You Get Started?

I started in the industry working a local independent hotel as a banquet houseman. I knew right then that the hotel industry would be my passion.

What Is Your Favorite Teaching Moment?

When I hear from students that they enjoyed the class and wish it could go on.

What Advice Do You Have For Incoming Freshmen?

Join one of the many professional clubs we have on campus.

What College Do You Teach In?

The College of Hospitality Management