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  • Les Roches Chicago

    Careers in the Hospitality Industry

Hospitality - a growing industry

The hospitality industry is dynamic and opportunity rich. The hotel and tourism sector alone employs over 235 million people across the world (World Travel and Tourism Council) and career prospects increase year on year, irrespective of whether the global economy is expanding or contracting.   

 

 

Traditional hospitality sectors such as hotels, resorts, travel and tourism, fine dining provide excellent career pathways for graduates with the right skills and mind set.  Increasingly, however, the luxury retail, banking, sports and IT sectors also seek out hospitality graduates, eager to leverage their optimal customer-oriented skills.

Global Networks
that can take you everywhere

One word best describes Les Roches industry networks: global. Top-tier hospitality brands with global reach recruit our talents, in recognition of the fact that we best prepare students for international careers.

Though many of our Les Roches Chicago graduates may go on to work for companies based in Chicago, these companies are international and value the global exposure that our graduates will have from their professional internship semesters, and the European savoir-faire that they will have from a Swiss education.

Some of the businesses we work with include: Hyatt The Chicago Hilton, the Four Seasons Chicago, Peninsula Hotel, Xoco, Public Hotel, and Soho House.

Alumni network – global opportunities

Graduating from Les Roches is a continuation of the professional career you begin when you start your degree program with us.  

By becoming a member of Les Roches Alumni Association you gain access to a professional and social network with hospitality professionals working within major hotel chains at all levels in 115 countries around the world.

The mission of the Les Roches Alumni Association is to deliver opportunities for professional growth and social interaction among its members.

Every year there are many alumni gatherings held around the world, which provide the occasion to get together, network and enjoy meeting old friends.
 
This network creates a long lasting and mutually beneficial relationship between Les Roches and its alumni, maintaining Les Roches’ leading position in hospitality education worldwide. 

Success Stories

Simon Kopec

Brand Manager, North America Le Méridien Hotels at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

Simon was born in Colombia and raised between Europe & the USA. Prior to joining Starwood in 2012, Simon had professional internships at multiple PR and marketing firms, The Ritz-Carlton Penha-Longa and W Barcelona. In 2012 he joined the Global Brand team for W Hotels. In 2013, as part of Starwood’s strategic repositioning Simon joined the newly created Le Méridien & Westin Global Brand teams where he supported the rebranding efforts. Most recently, Simon took a new roll managing the Le Méridien brand in North America.

MICHAEL MAURO

Assistant Manager - Zuma Restaurant, Dubai

Michael Mauro graduated in December 2014 from Les Roches and works as Assistant Manager for Zuma Restaurant in Dubai. His progress through the ranks is impressive. He spent an 11-month internship with Zuma in Hong Kong on their management training program and a 2-month additional placement with Zuma Bangkok. After he graduated from Les Roches, he joined Zuma, Dubai, as Restaurant Supervisor and within five months was awarded the Assistant Manager role.

RONEN NISSENBAUM

Vice President of Operations for Luxury Hotels, Americas - Hilton Worldwide

After graduating Les Roches, Ronen built a broad portfolio of experience across different sectors within the industry: F&B, sales and marketing, finance, operations management. Prior to his current role, he was president and CEO of The Plaza Group. Before this, he held many leadership positions at properties around the world, including Senior Executive Vice President of Operations at Marina Bay Sands Singapore and senior management roles with Forte hotels, London, and Euro Disney, Paris, which he helped to open.

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