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Hospitality students get inside track

Friday, February 14, 2014

Six Mercyhurst University hospitality management (HM) students had an extraordinary experience at the annual Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) conference held Jan. 12-15 in Boston’s Hynes Convention Center, where they engaged industry leaders from across the country. 

The students, Dana Karlheim, Victoria Lewis, Laura Poweski, Chelsea Ulrich, Katherine Costa, and Taylor DiGiacomo, accompanied their professor, Daryl Georger, Ph.D., a member of the PCMA task force for educators and a guest speaker at the annual meeting titled “Convening Leaders.”

Georger has numerous high-level colleagues in the industry, which created a unique networking opportunity for the Mercyhurst students. As part of their experience, students attended private Presidents’ receptions for Marriot International, Starwood, Hilton, Disney and Southworth Development. In addition, they attended the PCMA Chairman’s reception, PCMA Power Chapter Chairman’s reception and San Francisco/West Coast Tourism reception.

“The experience and connections the students enjoyed through Dr. Georger’s efforts are extremely valuable,” said HM Department Chair Beth Ann Sheldon. “The students attended a number of private events, where they had the exclusive opportunity to meet with alumni and executives from top hospitality management companies.”