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Southeast, Central & South American Federation


Mel Weber
East Carolina University

SECSA Member Highlight

I hope this finds everyone in a wonderful (and successful) end to the spring semester. Continuing the trend of member highlights, this month I would like to introduce Dr. Eun-Kyong (Cindy) Choi, Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management at the University of Mississippi. The following is from Dr. Choi:


I am Dr. Eun-Kyong (Cindy) Choi, an Assistant PSrofessor in the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management at the University of Mississippi. I received my Ph.D. degree in Hospitality Administration from Texas Tech University and my M.S. degree in Hospitality Management from Florida International University. I am a Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) and hold the Certification in Hospitality Industry Analytics (CHIA). My research interests lie in the areas of social media marketing, hospitality education, and service quality management. Based on my industry experience working at Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami, Florida, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Seoul, South Korea, the COEX InterContinental Hotel in Seoul, South Korea, and the Laforet Zao Resort & Spa in Sendai, Japan, I teach undergraduate and graduate hotel operations classes. I also teach a graduate research methods course.

The third annual SECSA Federation conference held in Knoxville, Tennessee was the first regional CHRIE conference I attended. I enjoyed the research presentation, networking events, guest speakers, panel discussions, and the delicious food prepared by Chef White and Chef Blauvelt. I am thrilled to join this exciting group of SECSA Federation members and look forward to meeting more SECSA Federation members at the annual ICHRIE conference and at the fourth SECSA Federation conference next year!

The fourth annual SECSA conference is being hosted by the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Dr. Pat Moreo and his team have announced the dates of March 1st and 2nd (a Friday and Saturday). I hope you will start making plans to attend.

Don’t forget to connect with the SECSA Federation and its members on LinkedIn and Facebook.

LinkedIn group page: SECSA Federation and Facebook group page: SECSA Federation of ICHRIE (‘Ichrie’ on the FB site).

Elections for officers are coming soon, and a call to vote will be coming soon. We need YOU to help us keep SECSA going strong!

I am excited to see the SECSA Federation coming together and continue to look forward to sharing our future together. As always, I welcome any SECSA member to feel free to reach out to me ( or 252-328-2351), so that we can chat about our future together.

Melvin Weber, PhD
SECSA Federation President
Associate Professor, East Carolina University


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