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Southeast, Central & South American Federation


Miranda Kitterlin-Lynch
Florida International University


I hope the semester is winding down well for everyone!  Continuing the trend of member highlights, this month I would like to introduce Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu from the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee:

Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu is a McKibbon Endowed Chair Professor of the College of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership (CHTL) at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM), who also serves as the Director of the M3 Center for Hospitality Technology and Innovation and Coordinator of International Programs in the College of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership. He is a Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) commissioned by Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals (HFTP) and Educational Institute of American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). Dr. Cobanoglu served as the chair of the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s (AHLA) Technology and E-Business Committee from 2009 to 2011 and also a member of CHTP Advisory Council and Editorial Advisory Board of HFTP.  In addition, Dr. Cobanoglu is a visionary board member of Hospitality Technology magazine and editorial board member of Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration and Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education. Dr. Cobanoglu also serves the industry as a consultant. Dr. Cobanoglu created the curriculum for hospitality software:innRoad Property Management System, M3 AccKnowledge Hotel Accounting System, and M3 Link Hotel Business Intelligence System.

Dr. Cobanoglu has been traveling and delivering keynote speeches and presentation all over the world as well as charring and organizing several events. The most recent events he will be participating in are the Global Conference on Business, Hospitality and Tourism Research (GLOSEARCH 2018), which will be held during October 2-5, 2018 at the Hoa Sen University campus in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; as well as Hospitality & Tourism Think Tank ( which is where the thought leaders will identify the trends that will shape the hospitality and tourism industry. The goal of the Hospitality & Tourism Think Tank is to create a research agenda for hospitality and tourism academicians.

If you are doing great things, or have a colleague you feel should be recognized, please email me your nomination for membership highlight (  

Please mark your calendars for the 2018 annual conference, which will be hosted by the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee on Friday, March 1st and Saturday, March 2nd.  The call for papers and submission portal can be found at:  

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).

I continue to appreciate the opportunity to serve the members of our SECSA Federation, and welcome any questions, concerns, or ideas as to how we can build upon our success.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time.  

Miranda Kitterlin-Lynch, Ph.D.

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