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USC College of HRSM announces 2014 distinguished alumni and friends of the college

The mission of the College of HRSM Alumni Society is to build an engaged and active alumni group who will work together with industry partners to create a strong network that supports college endeavors and current students.

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USC College of HRSM announces 2014 distinguished alumni and friends of the college

Mastering the industry: Chris Asouzu

The smoky flavor of success—Kris Pfaehler

Karen O'Neill found a hospitality niche

AnnaBelle LaRoque is making a name in fashion

HRSM Grad, Rusty Koss, enjoys a closetful of success

Kevin Ayres, MS, HRTM ’98—Sometimes opportunity doesn’t knock. It pops.


New Job Positions:

Virginia Bader, HRTM’11, is a Loyalty Ambassador at the Omni Hotel in Charlotte, NC.

Erica Barnes, HRTM’12, is now Business Development Specialist at TradeWinds Island Resorts.

Alexis Biegeleisen, SPTE’13, is a Ticket Sales Representative at the Boston Red Sox.

Megan Blanchard, SPTE’11/MSEM’12, is the Event Coordinator at the Lynnwood Convention Center in Lynnwood, WA.

Sean Dolan, SPTE’13, is a Marketing Coordinator at Global Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA.

Whitney Eiring, RETL’12, is Assistant Manager at South Moon Under.

Taylor Gardner, RETL’13, is a Marketing Assistant at Nelson Mullins.

Matt Garrick, SPTE’08, is the Director of Event Marketing and Sales at Feld Entertainment in New York City, NY.

Sarah Ghessie, RETL’11/MRETL’12, is Operations Manager at Social Table.

Sarah Harp, HRTM’13, is Event and Banquet Operations Voyager with Marriot International.

William Harpster, SPTE’05, is Territory Manager at Novartis Animal Health. \

Bryn Harvey, RETL’12, is an Assistant Buyer with Nine West in Charleston, SC.

Jacqueline Exum Hobgood, HRTM’93, is Area Manager at EF Explore America.

Lauren Hoffman, SPTE '12, is an Account Executive at Just Marketing International in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Brian Klioze, SPTE’09, is an Account Executive at OgilvyAction.

Richard Labovitz, SPTE’12, recently joined the booking department within ICM Partners.

Justin Lee, HRTM’10, is with business development for the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Dustin Louallen, RETL’09, is a Center Lead Consultant at FedEx in Columbia, SC.

Ashley Martin, RETL’10, is an Assistant Buyer with Stein Mart in Fernandina Beach, FL.

Tyler McBride, SPTE’12, is a Production Assistant at ESPN in Bristol, CT.

Tim O’Toole, MSEM’12, is the Goalkeeper Coach for Men’s Soccer at the University of South Carolina.

Barbie Porter, SPTE’11, is now the Activities Director at Hamilton Mill.

Amy Jackson Ramage, MHRTM’12, is the Catering Sales Manager at Embassy Suites in Hot Springs, AR.

Duane Randall III, SPTE’12, is Event Manager at XL Center/Rentschler Field, a Global Spectrum property.

Christina Saragnese, SPTE’11, is Area Sales Manager at Hilton Worldwide in Washington, DC.

Stephanie Smith, SPTE’12, is a Business Systems Consultant at Wells Fargo.

Sharon Sotsky, HRTM’05/MHRTM’06, is the Owner of WatchPaws, LLC in Reston, VA.

Brittany Taylor, HRTM’12, is Convention Services Coordinator at Omni Hotel in Atlanta, GA.

Windy Tidwell, HRTM’09, is SalesManager at Planters Inn & Peninsula Grill.

David Traylor, SPTE’10, recently joined the U.S. National Whitewater Center as a Land Sports Guide.

Candace Veight, SPTE’11, is a Customer Accounting Specialist for Apex Systems.

Grace Wilson, HRTM’12, is a Sales Coordinator at The Radnor Hotel.

Daniel Wright, iIT’13, is a Customer Support Representative at Unitrends in Columbia, SC.

New Job Positions (continued):

Ryan Alpert, SPTE’11, is the Director of Development for the University of Memphis, Department of Athletics.

Andrew Bird, MHRTM’13, is the Garde-Manager Cook at Cola’s Restaurant.
Steven Bodie, iIT’12, is a Technical Sales Trainee at IBM.

Cory Boyd, HRTM’07, is the Running Backs Coach at Newmarket High School.

Dylan Burton, SPTE’11, is a Supervisor for Landmark Event Staffing Services, Inc.

Brooke Cima, SPTE’13, is the Event Manager at Comcast-Spectator in Philadelphia, PA.

Michael DeChellis, SPTE’12, is a Staff Accountant at Vision Property Management.

Calvin Gerald, iIT’03, is a Federal Technical Consultant with Accenture.

Courtney Good, HRTM’12, is an Insurance Professional with Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Ken Goodwin, iIT’02, is the Manager of Application Testing at Delhaize America.

Aggie Hill, RETL’13, recently launched an online retail boutique, Front Door Boutique.

Charles Daniel Howell, HRTM’08, is an Account Manager with The Budd Group.

Lauren Ann Johnson, SPTE’12, is a Strategic Partnership Associate with The New York Racing Association.

Lindsay O’Neal, MSEM’12, is a Public Affairs Specialist for the Ocean City Police Department.

Michael Pfeffer, SPTE’08, is a Financial Advisor with Pfeffer Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.

Sarah Povey, HRTM’13, is a Sales Coordinator with the Hilton Columbia Center.

Rachel Roland, HRTM’11, is a Sales Manager at Hyatt’s of Washington.

Michael Samaha, SPTE’11, is an Account Executive at Gamecock IMG Sports Marketing.

Vica Shobe, SPTE’10, is an Account Executive at GMR Marketing.

Aaron Singer, SPTE’10, is the Assistant Director of Intramurals and Club Sports at the University of Michigan.

Adam Shuman, SPTE’09, is a Senior Allocations Associate for Under Armour, Inc.

Bob Snyder, SPTE’05, is a Senior Marketing Coordinator at NELSON.

Robert Snyder, SPTE’13, is a Senior Technical Recruiter at Confidential.

Amanda Soto, SPTE’13, is an Account Executive with GroupM.

Anna Marie Wells, HRTM’12, is the Catering Manager at the Farmington Country Club.


Hope North, RETL’13, to Michael Gold on June 8, 2013.

John Hamilton, HRTM’07, to Kimberly Rizzo on May 4, 2013.

Wesley Phibbs, HRTM’13, to Haley Wininger on September 28, 2013.

Jaime Barna, HRTM’07, to Justin Sellers on November 9, 2013.

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Alumni Society Fund
For many students, the life-changing educational opportunities of study abroad are but a dream due to limited financial resources. The Alumni Society of the College of HRSM is answering this need with the Alumni Society Fund. The fund provides scholarships and awards to worthy students who are interested in study abroad, Maymester course destinations and industry conferences.

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