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23rd Annual Hospitality Symposium Event Management Team

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A-Nisha A-Nisha Knox
Program Manager

Hello symposium attendees! I am A-Nisha Knox, a graduating senior from Nashville, TN. My enthusiastic and warming personality fits my areas of interest, which are Marketing & Sales, Client Services, and Operations within a hospitality setting. Upon graduation, I hope to advance these interest and skills in a professional hospitality leadership program. Taking on the role of Program Manager for this symposium came from an eagerness to prove to myself that I was capable of running an event as big and significant as this one. Becoming a Symposium Event Manager is something that I have wanted to do since I joined the Hospitality Industry Management Program my sophomore year. Having the opportunity to work alongside my wonderful peers to plan an event that has a substantial impact for hospitality professionals really excited me. Even though this process has been challenging, stressful, and time consuming, I refuse to let obstacles impede my success and the success of the program. In the words of my professional role model and CEO of Youth About Business, Sam Kirk, “I eat challenges for breakfast!” If you would like to know more about me and my professional experience, please network with me on Linkedin.

Livia Livia Yi
Marketing, Communications and Sponsorships Manager

Lingyun “Livia” Yi grew up in many cities in China; Shenzhen, Changsha, Beijing and Shanghai host all of her childhood memories. While growing up, she had opportunities to travel around the world, experience and fall in love with the word “hospitality”. With a desire to gain a well-rounded college experience, she is now in San Francisco learning to become a professional. She interned at Hunan Television in Human Resources, at the Paramount Hotels Head Office in San Francisco as a Management Intern, and now she continues her internship at St. Regis San Francisco as a Food & Beverage and Hotel Operations Intern. While at the St. Regis she found her passion for hotel administration and hopes to pursue a career in the hotel industry through a management in training program upon graduation in December 2013.

Mariezen Mariezen Reyes

Registration Manager

Hello! My name is Mariezen Reyes, a senior at USF, and a proud native of San Francisco. Growing up, I grew a strong passion for food and serving others and knew the Hospitality Management Program at USF was the perfect fit for me. The program has given me great knowledge and opportunities to gain experience in fields such as catering for CusineStyle by Pamela Keith, human resources for the Westin St. Francis, and currently events for USF’s Events Management and Guest Services. Joining the symposium is definitely a way for me to give back to my program and continue to grow as the industry leader I hope to be one day! I'm looking forward to meeting all of you!

Pii Piilani Boner-Lee
Human Resources Manager


Piilani, a native of Hawaii, grew up in a large, close-knit family who taught her the values associated with hospitality at a young age. As a kid she could always be found in the kitchen cooking with her Grandma, or decorating for a party with her Mother. Throughout high school she was highly involved in her schools’ food service program and worked as a Server in a popular neighborhood restaurant. Towards the end of her freshman year at USF a friend introduced her to the Hospitality Management program, which she immediately transferred into and has loved ever since.

Through her classes and work experiences, Piilani has further developed her skills and interests. She has worked as a Food and Beverage intern at the Fairmont San Francisco Hotel, a Human Resources intern at Brightstar of Honolulu and a Teaching Assistant within the Hospitality Management department. Upon graduation, in May 2013, Piilani plans to return to Hawaii to further pursue her studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Sophia Sophia Chow
Events Logistics Manager 

Sophia is currently a senior at USF. Originally born in Dallas, Texas and raised in San Francisco, California, she slowly developed a passion for the hospitality industry. She has always been fascinated by the service industry and how it can always be improved upon. Over the years that she has spent at USF, she has gained valuable work-related experiences that will help shape my future. She has interned in the Banquets Department at Hotel Nikko. From there, she found her way to Metro Market Catering with Starwood Hotels and she's currently at the Mandarin Oriental in Travel Industry Sales. 

She decided to join the symposium because of my long time interest in events and the logistics behind it. By joining the symposium, she felt that she will have the opportunity to utilize her prior internship experiences as well as what she has learned at USF throughout the years in order to plan and execute the Symposium. As an outcome of the Symposium, she hopes to learn about the different aspects of event planning and management within the hotel industry and after graduation, she plans to pursue a career in the hotel industry either in catering or sales and marketing.