Posts Tagged ‘Fritz Knoebel School’

‘The Giveback’ a.k.a. Pay it Forward

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

 

This is a topic that we have explored previously on here, however this is a specific example and our Director of Operations, Corey T. Nyman’s involvement in the University of Denver, LEAD Mentorship Program.  Corey is a proud Alumni of the School of Hospitality Management at the University of Denver and serves on their Executive Advisory Board, returning to campus frequently for mentoring students, meetings, events and speaking engagements.

 

Corey’s current mentorship is with a current student who is a Sophomore majoring in Hospitality Management pursuing her Minor in Spanish and Business Analytics.  She is active working in Knoebel Events at the School’s Event’s Center, preparing for a Summer Internship with MGM International and then gearing up for a Fall Semester Abroad.  Corey has been able to conduct bi-weekly phone calls and video calls with this young woman, guiding her through various topics, including the below

 

  • Ability to review different generational challenges from hers to mine
  • Focus on gaining experience in the industry
    • Not specifying, but being open to various opportunities
  • Tricks & Secrets of Interviewing and meeting leaders in the industry
  • Relating Real Life Lessons with Industry Advancement
  • Ability to Network and get out of just a classroom mentality

 

As she continues to grow in the Hospitality industry, Corey will happily remain a mentor and guide to her, even once the LEAD program is completed, as that is our industry works.  We support our own.

 

 

 

How are you choosing to give back to the next generation of upcoming leaders in Hospitality and Pay it Forward?

A chance to give back…

Monday, April 30th, 2012

On Wednesday, April 25th I had the pleasure to speak with the Restaurant/Bar Concept Development & Entrepreneurship class at my alma mater, the University of Denver, Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management. I am fortunate that I also sit on the Executive Advisory Board at the school and I take an extreme amount of pride in doing so. I try to take every opportunity to return to the school and share my expertise and when the invitation came to visit, I immediately jumped at the chance.

Assistant Professor, Dr. Cheri Young and Director, Operations Eric Lane are teaching a class on developing business plans and concept development, while working with a local entrepreneur to help him develop his gluten-free beer concept/brew pub. They asked me to give the students a consultant’s perspective, while helping to lead them in the right direction. What made this class special was that it only contained 8 students and all are seniors graduating in the next few months.

The professors let me know I would have the full 1 hour and 50 minutes of class to speak, conduct a question-and-answer session and true back & forth to engage the students, which I was extremely flattered by and definitely appreciated.

I tried to give the class a varied perspective overall, while guiding them through the process.  To start I shared with them my personal background and industry experience, including how important that the University of Denver was and remains to me.  Then, I had to give them a ‘reality check’ by driving home the point that passion will only get you so far, but focusing on ROI is a key with any concept and operation.  We then talked about the overall methodology of a business plan/concept statement, in broad terms and what was needed in this report.
The life of a consultant and what it means to be a consultant – this was an interesting conversation to have with 20-22 year old students soon to enter our industry.  This can sometimes be tough for people overall to grasp, since everyone believes that they can be a consultant.  On the value of experience – too many people call themselves consultants, however, few have the true time, knowledge and awareness of the industry to provide clients with an appropriate perspective and valued analysis.  Finally, I shared a case study by The Nyman Group of a former client of ours that showed the students the positives and negatives of the hospitality industry, along with a comprehension of how we do our job.
I finished speaking, talking about moving forward and their role in the hospitality industry upon graduation.  I let the students know that they could feel free to contact me directly and I would happily remain available to them should they have any questions that I could assist with.

I can’t wait to return to campus to visit with the students and more classes soon. Next trip will before our Spring EAB meeting, held the day before graduation and I will then have a chance to meet the graduating seniors and their families at the going away celebration. I’m thrilled I continue to have the chance to give back to the university and program that I love and care so deeply about. Don’t ever forget about the value your experience in your chosen industry has, especially for those who are just starting in the business – you have something to teach! Give back and share…