Alumni Stories

As NFL scout, STHM alumnus finds his calling

By Lora Strum on February 15, 2016

Todd Brunner has made a career out of watching football. As a college scout for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, Brunner’s eyes are forever searching the field for the next great player. Brunner, who received his Master of Education degree in Sport and Recreation Administration from the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM), grew up […]

NBA Development League franchise promotes STHM alumnus to team president

By Christopher Vito on February 15, 2016

Larry Meli can add another title to his lengthy and distinguished career in basketball. An alumnus of Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Meli recently was promoted to President of the Delaware 87ers, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers. Meli, who has nearly 20 years of NBA front office experience, […]

At Hyatt Hotels, STHM alumnus finds room for growth

By Emily Ivy Scott on February 4, 2016

Prior to graduation from Temple University, Brian Erdman had always thought he would work in the food and beverage industry. Erdman, who studied at the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM), instead found his calling in the hospitality industry. The 2006 alumnus works within the Hyatt Hotels Corporation, as its Manager of Global Property […]

Alumna utilizes STHM education in ownership and management of Philadelphia boutique

By Emily Ivy Scott on January 26, 2016

The eventual career goal, Alina Alter said, was to be self-employed. But to do so by the age of 24? Not even Alter could have predicted that outcome. In 2012, two years after graduating from Temple University’s the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM), Alter opened Aoki Boutique. The Center City Philadelphia-based women’s shop […]

STHM alumnus Jeff Wilson makes leap from his alma mater to ESPN

By Emily Ivy Scott on January 21, 2016

Sometimes, a student’s work is so impactful that it’s worth saving for more than a decade. That’s why Jeffrey Montague, Associate Vice Dean of Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, has never parted with Jeff Wilson’s senior research project, in which Wilson analyzed statistical trends between college and NBA success to examine any […]

ESPN analyst, former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski visits STHM

By STHM Public Relations on December 11, 2015

As seats in Mitten Hall’s Great Court filled with students from the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM), Ron Jaworski shared a memory from a day when he was their age. “I was a 21-year-old when I was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams,” said Jaworski, the former NFL quarterback, “and I remember being […]

STHM alumnus embodies customer service at Atlanta’s airport

By Lora Strum on October 13, 2015

For Steve Mayers, successful management of the world’s busiest airport comes down to customer service. The director of customer relations at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Mayers views the airport’s nearly 100 million passengers as his guests, and seeks to unite airlines, airport vendors, and local businesses to create the ultimate traveler experience. A graduate of […]

STHM Alumnus Joe Starecky

By STHM Public Relations on October 12, 2015

Company Name:  Enterprise Holdings Position/Title:  Home City Rate Manager Year Graduated:  May 2010 Degree Received:  B.S. in Sport and Recreation Management; Minor:  Business Management Responsibilities:  As a Rate Manager I work with multiple key contacts to develop and implement pricing for the Northeast region.  I handle all three of Enterprise Holdings car rental brands: Enterprise […]

STHM alumnae establish business partnership in athletic consulting

By Emily Ivy Scott on October 1, 2015

Kim Ciarrocca and Rebecca Joseph went from coaches and players with Temple University’s lacrosse team in the late 1980s to business partners more than 20 years later. The two, who hold graduate degrees from Temple’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM), started KR Sports Consulting. KR is a high-school sports recruitment consulting company, through […]

STHM Alumnus Dan Childers

By STHM Public Relations on September 9, 2015

Title: Event Planning Manager Year of graduation: 2012 Program: Bachelor of Science – Tourism and Hospitality Management Responsibilities: As Event Planning Manager I handle our Corporate Convention market in planning the logistics of upcoming conventions and meetings. In this role I serve as the client’s main hotel point of contact from contract signing all the way […]