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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

Keynote Speakers

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Simon Hudson

Professor, University of South Carolina

Simon Hudson is a part-time professor at the University of South Carolina and also consults for the tourism and hospitality industry. He has written 11 books and over 100 research articles and book chapters. With an eclectic background in the ski industry, retail, and academia, Simon is a fount of international experience and comprehensive business information. His cosmopolitan and creative ideas have been influenced by award-winning work at the University of South Carolina, University of Calgary and the University of Brighton, as well as visiting professorships in Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia. Simon has also taught three times on Semester at Sea, a floating university that circumnavigates the world.  

Industry Panel

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Sarah D'Angelo

Director, Talent Acquisition + University Recruitment, Marriott International

Sarah D’Angelo is the Director, Talent Acquisition + University Recruitment, for Marriott International’s University Relations + Recruiting Team. She leads Marriott’s recruitment efforts to attract and retain talent in the college and university space for the US/Canada and supports a team of 10 recruiting professionals. Sarah has had a 15-year career with Marriott International, all in Human Resources, starting at the New York Marriott Marquis as an HR generalist. She held various leadership positions in the New York City market before transitioning to Marriott International’s Corporate Headquarters in 2017. Sarah holds a B.A. in communication from Villanova University. She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Frank, and their two young children.

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Passion Graham

Director of Clubhouse Operations, Governor's Club

With over 25 years of experience within the hospitality industry, Passion Graham has journeyed a road less traveled to reach the Director of Clubhouse Operations role at Governor’s Club.

Passion has a management background in hotels, restaurants and is an entrepreneur, having owned and operated Passionate Productions, an event planning and production company since 2008.

After deciding to return to higher education and attain her degree in Hospitality Management, she began her club career in 2014 at the Charlotte Country Club.  Working her way up and through various roles, she has been learning the business ever since.  Passion was recruited to Highland Country Club as the Director of Food & Beverage where she enthusiastically served the membership before being recruited to Scottsdale, AZ in 2018. Passion was tasked to manage the opening of Seven Desert Mountain, at the largest privately owned Club in North America. She credits this move for not only altering the trajectory of her career, but her life.  She managed 3 clubhouses at DM before moving into the role of Catering & Events Manager.

Passion now brings all of her experiences and spirit to serve back home to NC as the Director of Club Operation at Governor’s Club.

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Chad F. Sorensen

Managing Director and COO, CHMWarnick

Chad F. Sorensen is managing director and chief operating officer with CHMWarnick, the leading provider of hotel asset management and owner advisory services. Sorensen is chair emeritus and membership chair of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (“ISHC”), an invitation-only society comprised of prominent hospitality consultants from around the world. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Hospitality Asset Managers Association (“HAMA”) and is a designated Certified Hotel Asset Manager (“CHAM”). Chad sits on the Michigan State University Real Estate Investment Management Advisory Committee and is a regular lecturer on hospitality asset management. He holds a Masters of Business Administration degree, with a dual emphasis in Finance and Management, from The University of Illinois Chicago, a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management from Iowa State University and is an alum of the Harvard Business School Program for Leadership Development.

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Jon Bollman

Senior Vice President of Merchandising, Belk

Jon Bollman is a Senior Vice President of Merchandising at Belk, a 290-door department store in the southeast U.S.  Previously, Jon held merchandising & product development roles at multiple companies including Kohls, Urban Outfitters, Lands End & American Eagle.  Jon graduated from Delaware State University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising & Design.

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