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