Ferris State University Hospitality students gained valuable networking experience at the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality Conference, where a Resort Management major from Pinconning was named the 2012-2013 Midwest Regional chair.
Students traveled to Washington, D.C. for the February conference, where they attended panel discussions, workshops, networking suites with industry professionals and a career fair with more than 20 companies, including restaurants, hotels and resorts.
“This conference benefits students on a lot of different levels,” faculty advisor Kathryn Wolfer said. “Basically, they are looking for jobs or internships. It’s a wonderful networking tool for students going into the hospitality industry.”
During the event’s awards gala, Gabrielle McMaster was named the 2012-2013 Midwest Regional chair. Her duties will include planning the 2012 regional conference in October at a location to be determined and to act as liaison for chapters in the region.
McMaster will hold the title until the 2013 national conference in February in Orlando, Fla.
She is the daughter of Rita McMaster and Terry McMaster of Standish.
Other students attending were Christopher Dennis, a Resort Management major from Midland; Michael Miranti, a Hotel/Resort/Food Industry Management major from Forest Hills, N.Y.; Kyle Ottenhoff, a Resort Management major from Lake Orion; and Sean Reynolds, a Business major from Muskegon. Students do fundraisers to pay for their trip, Wolfer said.
Ferris State University faculty advisor Kathryn Wolfer, left, and Hospitality students Kyle Ottenhoff, Sean Reynolds, Gabrielle McMaster, Christopher Dennis and Michael Miranti attended the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality Conference in Washington, D.C.