23rd Annual USF Hospitality Industry Symposium
April 24, 2013 | 8:30am - 2:00pm | The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco
Located in one of the most dynamic ‘destination’ cities in the world, USF’s hospitality industry program puts you in the heart of a bustling tourism economy. With over 800 hours of hands-on practice, you get real-world experience coupled with the business foundation necessary for hospitality leadership.
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Tel: (415) 422-6256
Dr. Jones has more than thirty-five years of hospitality industry experience. He joined the University of San Francisco (USF) as Administrative Director of the Department of Hospitality Management in the School of Management in the fall of 2012. In this role, he oversees the department’s efforts to maintain its strong reputation in San Francisco while growing its international recognition.
Previous to USF, he was an Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director at Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Hotel and Tourism Management for five years. His past academic experience also includes holding the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Hospitality Management at San Francisco State University and Assistant Professor at the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He also taught in the Cornell University Professional Development Program for 13 years.
His most recent hospitality industry experience was as Vice President of Marketing for the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau (SJCVB) in San Jose, CA. Previously, he held senior level sales and marketing positions with Shangri-la International Hotels in the USA and Asia, Red Lion Hotels, and Marriott Hotels and Resorts.
His research interests are in hotel marketing, buyer-seller relationships, and convention and event management. Dr. Jones also does consulting and conducts sales training and service quality management programs for various hospitality industry companies. Additionally, he has been a speaker for a number of industry related conferences. He received his Ph.D. in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His M.B.A. and B.S. degrees are both from Michigan State University.
Tel: (415) 422-6721
Associate Director, Adjunct Faculty
Kathy “K.O.” Odsather, M.S., C.H.A., Associate Director, Department of Hospitality Management, University of San Francisco. Born and raised in Alaska KO earned her undergraduate Business degree in Hotel & Restaurant Administration from Washington State University and embarked on a successful career in hotel general management in San Francisco managing corporate hotels, boutique hotels and Bed & Breakfast Inns. In her equally long career in hospitality business education, she oversees the 800-hour industry-related internship/work experience requirement for graduation and works extensively with local hospitality businesses and national recruiters to create opportunities of mutual benefit with students.
KO uses the classroom at USF as a petri dish in which to bring her extensive hospitality industry experience to students to create both magic and reality!! Having earned her Master of Science in Organization Development from USF, KO considers herself an Agent for Change and works with industry organizations to facilitate dynamic change in the Hospitality Industry.
Tel: (415) 422-6577
Executive Chef, Term Instructor
Jean-Marc was an Instructor at the California Culinary Academy where he taught classes and operated a restaurant specializing in whole foods and healthy cuisine. Former President Bill Clinton has even recognized Jean-Marc's expertise in healthful cooking. He has been a Guest Chef at the White House and had the honor of making three presentations on low-fat cooking in the White House and prepared dinner for President Clinton.
Tel: (415) 422-6547
Sun-Young Park is an assistant professor of Hospitality Management and Strategy (Department of Entrepreneurship, Strategy, and International Business) in the School of Management. She teaches and conducts research on service management, strategic management, and sustainable business models.
Tel: (415) 422-2498
Michelle Millar holds her PhD in Hospitality Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is an Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management, and Marketing within the School of Management, and teaches marketing management, sustainability in the hospitality industry, event management, and hotel operations.
Tel: (415) 422-2581
Please contact us should you wish for more information about our program.