Hotel Developer Kevin Rohani ’10 Builds a World-Class Hospitality Experience

Kevin Rohani and Center for Entertainment and Hospitality Management Director Kim Tarantino on April 11, 2017. Rohani says a can-do attitude has always been integral to his career: “Attitude and enthusiasm have always been No. 1 for me.”

Kevin Rohani and Center for Entertainment and Hospitality Management Director Kim Tarantino on April 11, 2017. Rohani says a can-do attitude has always been integral to his career: “Attitude and enthusiasm have always been No. 1 for me.”

From the Las Vegas Strip to national parks, hotel construction is a major industry in the United States. According to Statista, there were 4,775 hotels and 578,508 rooms in the development pipeline in February 2017. Among the young professionals working to make world-class hospitality experiences a reality is Mihaylo alumnus Kevin Rohani ’10 (hospitality management), who is vice president of development and acquisitions at Dream Hotel Group. Rohani visited campus on April 11 to talk to students about his career and the hospitality industry.

“It’s been a crazy few years since Fullerton,” said Kevin Rohani ’10 as he addressed entertainment and hospitality students on April 11. At 30 years of age, he has already overseen the development of destination hotels from Los Angeles to Thailand. At the forefront of the revolution in customer service-focused hospitality experiences, Rohani seems poised to be a leader in the industry for decades to come.

A Day in the Life of a Hotel Developer

Rohani told students that the hospitality industry is very broad, and there are numerous paths to success. “Hospitality can range from a hotel to a restaurant to a cruise ship to even a senior living center for your parents,” he said. “Find a path, trust your gut, and go.”

With interest in hotel development growing around the world, Rohani is deluged with potential projects. He often looks at dozens of hotel projects per week and must decide which ones to devote resources to. Continue reading

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CSUF Phi Beta Lambda Shines at State Business Leadership Conference

Members of the CSUF chapter of PBL celebrate their success at the SBLC in Garden Grove on April 2. Offering internship, leadership development and committee programs, the club seeks to equip the next generation for success in the business world.

Members of the CSUF chapter of PBL celebrate their success at the SBLC in Garden Grove on April 2. Offering internship, leadership development and committee programs, the club seeks to equip the next generation for success in the business world.

The Cal State Fullerton chapter of business student club Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) took first place in two chapter awards and netted 48 individual honors at the organization’s annual State Business Leadership Conference. The recognition builds on the club’s success in recent years.

Cal State Fullerton’s PBL chapter has done it again. After a record-breaking year in 2016 in which they garnered an unprecedented 94 awards, the club was honored with first place finishes in the Sweepstakes and Ms. PBL Competition, second place in Name Tag Design, and third place for Largest Conference Delegation at the 2017 State Business Leadership Conference in Garden Grove earlier this month.

The chapter was also recognized for its Financial Literacy Campaign, which seeks to educate CSUF students on the concepts and application of personal finances.

Out of more than 60 business and career preparation competitions, CSUF PBL took home 48 individual awards, with 70% of these placing in the top three for individual categories. Co-president Kimberly Hong ’18 (accounting and information systems) received state officer designation, and Vice President of Membership and Communication Sam Smith ’18 (finance) received the Who’s Who award, the highest honor bestowed on individuals in the PBL system. Continue reading

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Mihaylo Undergrad Represents the Students of the Cal State System

For Sakshi Walia ’18, helping students succeed is a life mission. “I am passionate about helping students who are underrepresented or from low-income backgrounds,” she says.

For Sakshi Walia ’18, helping students succeed is a life mission. “I am passionate about helping students who are underrepresented or from low-income backgrounds,” she says.

Presiding over a club of 15 students may be a challenge, but what would it be like to represent all 478,638 students of the 23-campus California State University system? Sakshi Walia ’18, a Mihaylo economics and finance student, is student representative for the Admission Advisory Council, which advises Cal State Chancellor Timothy White.

For thousands of Californians, the California State University system is an affordable and accessible avenue to an undergraduate or graduate degree. Thanks to Sakshi Walia ’18 (economics and finance), the Cal State Chancellor’s Office, which directs the multi-campus system, hears from the perspective of a Mihaylo undergrad.

In meetings with university presidents and high-level administrative officials, Walia ensures that the voice of students is heard on policies ranging from outreach to underprivileged populations to helping students graduate on-time without excessive debt.

“The two main topics are career development, which includes helping students know what path they should take, and basic needs, such as addressing student homelessness and food insecurity,” says Walia. Continue reading

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Business Honors Concert Benefits Local Underprivileged Residents

flyerMihaylo College seeks to create partnerships between students and the local community to positively impact Orange County. On April 19 at 8 p.m., the Business Honors Program will host BH Players, a concert benefiting Heart of Downtown, a local food co-op organization, at TSU Pub.

Business students have an opportunity to enjoy live music from student musicians and dancers, including performing leads Thomas Metzger ’19 (entertainment and hospitality) and Aaron Payne ’17 (accounting). At the same time, they can benefit those less fortunate in the Fullerton area by going to BH Players at the TSU Pub from 8 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19.

Students are encouraged to bring canned food to the event, which will be donated to the local homeless population and others impacted by food insecurity through The Heart of Downtown Food Co-Op, which is support by Wilshire Avenue Community Church, the local business community and residents.

Participating Business Honors students will receive credit for their community service requirement.

Upcoming Business Honors Events

Mihaylo’s Business Honors program hosts regular events to foster networking, academic and career development, and leadership opportunities.

The program’s annual Awards Banquet will be held on Wednesday, April 26 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Coyote Hills Golf Course to recognize the accomplishments of students and faculty over the past year.

The Business Honors family will gather at Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Past, Present, Future Potluck. Alumni and current and prospective students are invited to network, while forging a multigenerational bond.

About Business Honors

The Business Honors Program welcomes academically talented and motivated students to enrich their college experience through a cohort-based course sequence featuring professional network building, priority registration, annual scholarships, small class sizes and exclusive networking opportunities.

For more information or to apply to the program for the 2017-2018 academic year by the April 30 deadline, email mihaylohonors@fullerton.edu or call 657-278-7159.

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Cal State Fullerton Grad Lands a Career in Higher Education at Columbia Business School

Amber Deister ’03 recommends that students try a job or internship in a field they are considering to see if they like it before committing. “Exposure to a function or industry is a great way to test it out. Some of my most valuable experiences were realizing what I didn’t want to do.”

Amber Deister ’03 recommends that students try a job or internship in a field they are considering to see if they like it before committing. “Exposure to a function or industry is a great way to test it out. Some of my most valuable experiences were realizing what I didn’t want to do.”

Mihaylo Marketing Alumna Amber Deister ’03 oversees career education and advising for the specialized masters students at Columbia Business School in New York City, one of the nation’s leading business schools. Deister discusses her career path and what it is like working in higher education.  

A college education may be a necessity for most young people to succeed in the contemporary economy. Yet colleges and universities can also be a rewarding career path in themselves. More than 2 million people, or about 1.14% of the labor force, were employed in higher education in the United States in 2016, including professors and lecturers, student advisors, researchers, administrators and clerical workers. While job growth in this field declined during the Great Recession and its aftermath, the nation’s educational institutions are again hiring, with the goal of preparing the next generation of citizens and leaders.

From Earning a Degree to Helping Others Do the Same

For Amber Deister ’03, a career in higher education was not on her radar when she completed her marketing degree at Cal State Fullerton in the early 2000s. “I did a marketing internship in high school and pursued this path in college and my early career,” she says. “Volunteer humanitarian work had inspired me to professionally pursue the nonprofit world and it was through overseeing an internship program at a nongovernmental organization in D.C. that I realized how much I enjoyed working with and being a resource to college students and was turned on to considering a career in higher education.” Continue reading

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