Gabriella Kelly is a senior majoring in Tourism and Hospitality Management. She has worked in the industry since she was 16 years old, starting as a hostess at Outback Steakhouse. As she moved up within the restaurant she also realized her passion for hospitality and serving people’s needs. Throughout her time at Temple, she has also worked with The Walt Disney Company and The Windrift Hotel. After Temple, Gabriella hopes to continue working with resort properties and eventually create and design boutique resort properties. Her goal for senior seminar is to become a stronger leader and grow her personal network.
Lauren Cox is a senior majoring in Sport and Recreation Management at Temple University. She has always loved sports and has recently had her first taste of the industry when she was 17. Lauren has worked for many organizations such as the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, the US. Open, the Lehigh Valley Storm, the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks, and Comcast Spectacor in departments from game day operations to Human Resources. Lauren is still on the journey to find the career path that is right for her but after completing her senior internship, she is sure she will find it. Lauren is looking to pursue her senior internship with a professional sports organization and she is very excited about her future!
Zach Edelman is a Sport & Recreation Management major from Fort Lee, New Jersey. Anyone who knows Zach knows that he has a huge passion for the music industry. Therefore, he has been pursuing job opportunities in this field, specifically with Live Nation Entertainment. He is also a passionate sports fan with an open mind to any career path. His goal for Senior Seminar, and in life, is to make a visible, tangible impact on the industry and to leave a lasting legacy at STHM. An interesting fact to go along with Zach’s passion is that he has attended well-over 300 concerts in his life.
Mike Benigno is a senior at Temple University majoring in Sport and Recreation Management. Sports have always been a way of life for Mike, which has made him decide to pursue that specific field of work for his future career. Having a competitive desire for success, Mike’s goals as a young business professional are to better his communication skills, increase his knowledge about all committees involved with Montague-Ridall & Associates, and have a consistent work ethic that will make a great contribution to his team throughout the semester. A fun fact about Mike is that he has attended eight different schools in his life and lived in 4 different states. Come spring semester of 2016, Mike will be heading back to his original hometown in Tucson, Arizona, interning with Event and Facilities Operations at the University of Arizona Athletic Department.
Richard Houck is a senior studying Sport & Recreation Management. He is most interested in campus recreation and college athletics. Richard’s goal for the semester is to enhance his overall professional development, especially in the area of leadership. One interesting fact about him is that he has previously visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Luke Stelmach is a senior studying Tourism and Hospitality Management with a concentration in Hotel Operations. Upon graduation, Luke plans to pursue a career as an Assistant Front Desk Manager and gain the experience and knowledge to operate a four-diamond resort. After gaining a complete understanding regarding the daily responsibilities and operational practices in current and emerging departments, he will turn his attention to the role of General Manager. His pursuit will lead to a leadership position in the most successful and innovative five-diamond property in the world, where Luke will personally influence the memories of generations.