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Southeast, Central & South American Federation


Donald Schoffstall
Johnson & Wales University
School of Hospitality, College of Management
801 W. Trade Street
Charlotte, North Carolina USA 28202

Another Successful Conference & Wonderful Year

The second annual SECSA Conference was successfully held on March 9-10, 2017, on the campus of Florida International University. This marks the second major event undertaken by the SECSA Federation since its beginning and it brought together over 50 educators, administrators, students (all levels), and industry stakeholders together for a practical and engaging conference. Academic attendees at the conference this year represented both ICHRIE members and non-members from 13 schools and 2 companies. The SECSA Board would like to thank everyone in attendance and our hosts from FIU-Chaplin School, for their help and support in making the conference a success. Here are a few highlights:

Two wonderful and engaging keynote addresses on hospitality trends in travel and toruism (Silvia Camarota, Director – Florida Expedia) and another on Friday focusing on the hotel segment and industry changes (Constantino Papadopulos, GM Holiday Inn – Coral Gables), highlighted the conference, which included 17 research presentations from attendees over the two days.

With the great help of FIU Dean Mike Hampton and Dr. Miranda Kitterlin (FIU faculty member, conf chair and SECSA Dir. of Research) we were all treated to an all-star industry panel that brought together four major industry stakeholders (Lani Kane Hanan, EVP and Chief Growth Officer for Marriott Vacations; Wendy Kallergis, President and CEO Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association; Jerry Montgomery, Chief HR Office Carnival Corporation; and Sergio Rivera, Director of ILG and President & CEO ILG Vacation Ownership Segment) for a lively panel discussion with some great Q&A from attendees.

Attendees also were provided first-hand educational knowledge in a session on affective teaching by two amazing FIU Directors (Leslie Richardson, Director, FIU Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Jennfier Bartman, Associate Director, FIU Writing Across the Curriculum).

If you weren’t able to make it to our conference this year, we are sorry to have missed you, but we want to see you next year. Oh yes, by next year we mean mark your calendars for March 1st and 2nd 2018, to join us in Knoxville as our 3rd Annual SECSA Conference will be hosted by University of Tennessee. Dr. Ann Fairhurst, Department Head of UT Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management, along with longstanding ICHRIE and SECSA members Rachel Chen and James Williams (also SECSA Dir. of Membership) and other faculty and staff look forward to welcoming us to their campus next spring.

Save those dates now, as next year we will continue to broaden our horizons!

Don’t forget to connect with the SECSA 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). We are looking for hard-working members who are interested in serving on the SECSA Board in the upcoming years. If you are dedicated and willing to jump in to help us continue to move forward, please contact me.

As always, I welcome any SECSA member to feel free to reach out to me ( or 980-598-1536), so that we can chat about our future together.

Don Schoffstall


Federation Overview
Meet the SECSA Board

SECSA bylaws
2018 SECSA Conference Details TBA

2016 Conference Proceedings
2017 SECSA Conference Proceedings

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