Architect of craft beer Eddie Leon ’96, MAA ’98 is ready for 2019 NoMi BrewFest

–By David Drucker for FIU News Eddie Leon ’96, MAA ’98 wanted to be an inventor as a kid. Now, he has his laboratory: a 21,000-square-foot brewery in Doral. Inside the warehouse of M.I.A. Beer Company, blue and pink neon lights—reminiscent of Miami Vice—splash onto the long walls. A sprawling chalkboard offers more than 50 […]

Alumnus David Burke ’78 posthumously awarded FIU Medallion

–By Clara-Meretan Kiah. Alexandra Pecharich contributed to this article. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –­Maya Angelou These words guided alumnus David Burke ’78 through life. Many remember the late hospitality executive, who passed in August […]

Hospitality alumnus goes from busboy to CEO

Alumnus Regynald G. Washington ’74 was invited back to FIU to speak at this summer’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management commencement ceremony on Sunday, July 29, 2018. In this interview, which originally appeared in FIU News, Washington opens up about the steps he took in life that propelled his career as a restaurateur: […]

Local eatery announces FIU’s Chaplin School as October charity partner

Widely considered one of the region’s foremost best restaurants and a premier watering hole, Beaker & Gray is sweetening their Happy Hour promotion. Co-owners Brian Nasajon and Ben Potts are upping the ante with Instant Karma; each month, the hip eatery will join forces with a local non-profit organization and donate a portion of their […]

Q&A with FIU alumni and co-owners of the award-winning Temple Street Eatery in Fort Lauderdale, Diego Ng ‘08 and Alex Kuk ‘08

Get to know the restaurateurs bringing new flavors to Fort Lauderdale’s palate. Cooking up comfort foods reminiscent of their family’s home cooking, Diego Ng ’08 and Alex Kuk ’08 have created an innovative menu introducing flavors with Chinese, Vietnamese and Latin influences. The graduates of the FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management will be giving back […]

Hospitality alumni honor mentor, support students, through Rocco Angelo Legacy in Leadership Campaign

Alumni of the FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management have donated more than half a million dollars to a fund that honors their beloved professor Rocco Angelo, an associate dean who has mentored generations of hospitality students and helped them succeed. Three alumni are leading the way: Burt Cabañas, founder and chairman of BENCHMARK®, a […]

Diana Beltran ’07 on the importance of giving back

Donor Spotlight Diana Beltran ’07 Learning and Delivery Manager, Wyndham Hotel Group   What do you love most about FIU and your involvement here? What I love most about FIU is the continuous reach from the faculty. Also, all the different opportunities of financial aid provided to the students. Last I will mention I love the […]

Hospitality Alumnus Gives Students Insight on Opening a Restaurant

Andreas Schreiner ’00 came back to where it all started. The Chaplin School alumnus is the founding partner of the Pubbelly Restaurant Group. He spoke with hospitality students on September 14 as part of the School’s first alumni talk of the semester. The restaurant and hotel expert not only offered a look back at his […]

May 2015 Member Spotlight

Brett Dunne FIU Degrees: B.S. in Hospitality Management Graduation Years: 1989 Lifetime Member since: 2014 Profession: Executive Vice President at Disaronno International Why he joined the FIU Alumni Association: I joined the Alumni Association because I am proud to be a Golden Panther and so very proud of how far the University has come since my graduation 25 years […]

FIU-Royal Caribbean Partnership

Our university has a long history of breaking new ground – forging innovative partnerships and pioneering creative new approaches to teaching, learning and research. We don’t hesitate to explore new ways of doing things. Our partnership with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. is no different. The ROYAL@FIU World Stage Collaborative builds upon our collective assets as […]