What is your professional background?
“Food service manager in Florida in 1980 then I moved to Ramada Hotel Corporation where I was the director of food and beverages in the Caribbean and other places. I then climbed to become one Ramada’s youngest GM, in the USA in Chicago and later on Executive Vice President.
Returning to my native Switzerland I worked in a Hospitality school and was Dean of 2 Swiss Hotel schools.
Shortly after, I ran a hotel company of 22 proprieties, which had to be saved from bankruptcy.
I started working in Thailand in 2000, set up my own hotel company with 7 hotels and acquired several luxury hotel projects as a Consultant.
I sold the corporation in 2006 and shortly after I helped a friend opening a five stars luxury hotel in Koh Samui in 2006. During my time in Thailand, I taught in top 5 universities in Thailand including Vatel Bangkok. Because I love sharing my knowledge. My last position in Thailand was Chief Operating Officer of a local Hotel company.
I then started working for Vatel Switzerland last year, as a part time faculty, but then was asked to take more responsibilities."
With such an amazing career why did you choose to teach?
“I never left teaching because it is a passion to share. I worked with brilliant people who taught me a lot of things. It is time to pass the knowledge. I see the difference between the first, the second year and third year students which is most gratifying to see them grow. I accepted the administrative position with one request: keep teaching.”
What is your vision about academic director?
“I would like to push Vatel and be unique, not only another Vatel school. Start to innovate! I believe if we challenge our student in the right way, they will reach new heights. I don’t want to be good but great! Good is the enemy of great. I want Vatel Switzerland to become the most innovative place to study in Switzerland.” I also wish to use the strength and reputation of the entire Vatel Group.
Do you have any advice for Vatel Switzerland students?
“Keep in mind that you work for a business, forget about “guest”! A guest does not pay for a coffee! But we have customers and our customers should feel as guests. I would address a message for Vatel Students: Take the good and the bad and learn from both, get over it, take the experiences and learn from it. Negativity will handicap you, in your outcome.”
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Switzerland is the core of global finance and training in hotel management making it well recognized as a reputable Swiss institution.
Vatel Switzerland located in Martigny has decided to combine these two elements with a new MBA Specialization. Starting in November 2017, Vatel Switzerland will be conducting their new 3 semester program in Financial Management.Read more