Department of Hospitality and Sport Business Management

Hospitality and sport business management are dynamic, global and ever-expanding industries. Our programs cover hospitality operations – hotels, restaurants and events – hospitality business analytics, sport management and healthcare management.

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Becoming a leader in the hospitality industry
In this video, hear from faculty, students and alumni as they talk about how the Hospitality and Sport Business Management program transforms students through hands-on experience. Watch the video

Academic Programs



Hospitality and Sport Business Management Leadership Advisory Board

Chair: Michele Metrinko-Rollins
Rollins Jamaica, Ltd.
Paul Altero ‘96
Bubbakoo’s Burritos
Robert Ashby ’77
Ashby Hospitality Group
Robert Buccini
Co-Founder and Co-President
Buccini/Pollin Group
Vince DiFonzo, CHA
TKo Hospitality
Jim Donofrio
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships
NBC Sports
Scott Ellman ‘07
Eastdil Secured
Patrick English
VP, Operations
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Allan Fernandes ’92
Vice President – Global Safety & Risk Control
Plato Ghinos
Shaner Hotel Group
Robert Gilbert
President and CEO
Jean Leahy Jakoby
VP Global Sales
Pepsi Co Foodservice
Paula Kelly ’92
General Manager
Merion Golf Club
David Lasus ’03
Chief Executive Officer
Heart + Paw
Alex Moeckel ‘08
Regional Vice President – Luxury & Lifestyle Development
IHG Hotels & Resorts
Lisa Murray
Executive Vice President
Chief Marketing Officer, Octagon
Ajith Nayar, ‘07
Co Founder and CEO
Gary Price
Executive Vice President, Operations
Love’s Travel Stops
Prashanth Radhakrishnan
Vice President, Customer, Marketing & Digital Analytics
Marriott International
Xavier Teixido ’03
Harry’s Hospitality Group
Gary Trenaman ‘92
Vice President
Fox Sports


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