Bob Wahl

Associate Professor

JWU Faculty Since 2001

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Contact Info

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

About Bob

Professor 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, Professor 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.

Professor Wahl attended Johnson & Wales University for hotel management and upon graduation has spent many years in the financial and technology sectors of the hotel industry. He has worked for the Golden Nugget, Harrah’s, Radisson, Hyatt and Westin hotel chains.

Professor Wahl has been teaching at the university level since 2001 and specializes in the areas of finance, casino gaming, strategic management, revenue management, and hotel asset management.
His teaching philosophy is to educate students with “real-world situations” to prepare students with practical skills to become competitive professionals in the industry of their choosing.

Professor Wahl views each class, and each term, as a separate personal learning experience used to enhance future classroom innovations.

Education

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

If you do not measure it, you cannot control it. If you cannot control it, you cannot manage it. If you cannot manage it, you cannot improve it. Peter Drucker

Teaching Interests

Finance, Casino Gaming, Strategic Management and Revenue Management.

Courses

  • Revenue Management
  • Hotel Asset Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Casino Financial 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).


Certifications
Cornell University, Hotel Real Estate Investments and Asset Management Certificate
CHIA, Certification in Hospitality Industry Analytics
CRME, Certified Revenue Management Executive
CHE, Certified Hospitality Educator
CAHATA, Certification in Advanced Hospitality and Tourism Industry Analytics



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