October 8, 2018
The San Diego State University Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) Master’s Program is in full swing with its Fall 2018 cohort of 19 students. Cohort 6 comprises established and emerging leaders from diverse professional and educational backgrounds; what they share in common is a passion for personal and professional development, and a readiness to truly challenge themselves in pursuit of their aspirations.
We caught up with a few members from this inspiring group to learn a little more about their backgrounds and what they’re enjoying most about the program so far.
Manager, Tennis on Campus, United States Tennis Association (USTA)
Newlyn connects high school and college tennis players to leadership, career, and playing opportunities through the USTA’s Tennis on Campus program. As one of the first employees to be relocated to the USTA’s new National Campus in Orlando, he has become a familiar face around headquarters, while also traveling frequently to promote club tennis at USTA events across the U.S.
There was never a doubt in Newlyn’s mind that he wanted to align his career with the sport of tennis. After graduating from Ferris State University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Tennis Management, he was hired by the USTA Midwest Section as a coordinator. Several promotions later, he and three fellow USTA colleagues are on the HTM Master’s journey together as SDSU and the USTA partner to make the HTM Master’s Program more accessible to tennis management professionals.
Newlyn is enjoying the personalized content and instantly applicable nature of our program. He is also looking forward to the Capstone Project.
In Newlyn’s Words:
“This is clearly a developmental program that delivers on its promise of changing your life. There is so much more to be gained than simply saying I went to grad school, from networking to mentorship to assessing my strengths and weaknesses.”
Travel Journalist and Author, Travel with Maggie
While working in advertising, Maggie realized she was always planning her next vacation. With a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Millersville University in Pennsylvania and an affinity for exploration, she set out on a new career path as a travel journalist.
That was 18 years ago. Today, Maggie is an award-winning travel journalist featured in virtually every major TV and print news outlet in San Diego. She has also appeared in the Huffington Post, USA Today, Travel + Leisure, Reader’s Digest, the Travel Channel and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. Maggie’s journey is the ultimate “follow your dreams” success story—and one that has led her to the HTM Master’s Program to gain an insider’s perspective of the hospitality industry. The flexibility of the program is a perfect fit for Maggie, as is the depth of knowledge covered.
In Maggie’s Words:
“Learning the inner workings of large hospitality and tourism companies will be immensely helpful for me in navigating the business. There is no other program that offers this perspective, along with the opportunity to work directly with a company of my choice in the Capstone Project.”
Director of Food and Beverage, The Westgate Hotel San Diego
Yacine was introduced to the hospitality world at an early age while growing up in Morocco, and the experience grew into a passion that he followed through his schooling in France and into his career.
Yacine’s current role as Director of Food and Beverage at San Diego’s luxurious Westgate Hotel is a testament to his work ethic and willingness to take calculated risks. He first moved to the U.S. in 2004 on a visa to work with the Westin St. Louis as a supervisor. He then transitioned into management at the Marriott St. Louis West before moving to San Diego with his wife in 2015. He has long sought a master’s program to break through the middle management threshold and believes the HTM Master’s Program offers the ideal curriculum—not to mention location and online platform.
In Yacine’s Words:
“Everyone is always one call away. It’s an online program with in-person accessibility. Being based in San Diego, I get to meet with my classmates and professors often, while completing the online coursework on my own schedule.”
Inspired by These Leaders? Enroll in Cohort 7!
We are excited for Cohort 6 to continue on the path to becoming leaders of change in their respective career paths. Meanwhile, we are also preparing for open enrollment in Fall 2019 Cohort 7. Click here to learn more.