Meet your Executive Student Assistants!

Hello! Welcome to your online IAAPA journey – the hub for all things educational,  inspirational and network-growing. We’ll use this space to post stories, photos, useful information and fun, so let’s start with some of the team.

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We want you to make the most of your time away from your workplace, so we have assembled a team of energetic students to assist you during your learning experience. Each group of four program participants is assigned an executive student assistant to help with research, logistics, administrative tasks, presentations, and personalized comfort.  We encourage you to consider these ESAs an extension of your administrative team while you are here.

Lindsay Cress ~ Lead Executive Student Assistant

Lindsay is a senior in the Hospitality and Tourism Management program at San Diego State University and your Lead Executive Student Assistant.  She is a Meetings & Event Operations emphasis and her goal is to work in incentive travel. Lindsay is currently an Operations Intern with a local DMC, AlliedPRA, and has experience in hotels, non-profit organizations, and food & beverage. After having studied abroad in Birmingham, United Kingdom and traveling all around Europe, she is eager to learn more about attractions and the hospitality industry from a global perspective. Lindsay is looking forward to her 3rd year with the IAPPA Executive Education Conference.

Melanie Cannioto

Melanie is currently a Junior at San Diego State University, where she is studying Hospitality & Tourism Management with an emphasis in Meetings & Events. She has recently returned from Florida after spending a semester participating in the Disney College Program in Walt Disney World, where she gained a deeper understanding of the hospitality industry and truly learned what it takes to thrive in it.  During her time at SDSU she has been an active member on the Meetings and Events Student Association board, represented the school at the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality National Conference in 2013, worked in Food & Beverage with local hotels and restaurants, and volunteered around the city for many special events. After graduation, Melanie would like to continue pursuing her passion with special events and hopefully return to the amusement park facet of the industry, but is also anxious to continue her schooling. This is her first time participating in the IAPPA Executive Education Conference and she is eager to meet all the attendees and learn all she can from their knowledge and expertise.

Melissa Chandler
Melissa is an international student from the U.K. pursuing further study at SDSU in the Hospitality & Tourism Management program. With an emphasis in Meetings & Events, Melissa loves the magic moments that are created from building visions, plans and relationships with clients. With a background in corporate meeting planning, food & beverage and hotel banqueting, her adventures in Disney’s internships widened her perspective of the hospitality field, specifically approaches to guest service management. Currently the intern for San Diego’s MPI chapter and a member of National Society of Minorities in Hospitality, she is eager to explore more paths and expand her knowledge of our industry. After having worked abroad at Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney World in Florida, Melissa is looking forward to developing a global perspective of hospitality. She is excited to create unforgettable and fulfilling experiences for those attending this conference.

Jessica Linman

Jessica Linman is a senior at San Diego State University pursuing a degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management with an emphasis in Meetings and Events. She has gained experience within the industry through her employment with the San Diego Padres Event Operations Department and an internship with the San Diego Marriott Marquis. She is currently completing her final internship with Modern Meetings, a San Diego based meeting and event planning company. Jessica hopes to pursue a career within the meeting and events industry that challenges and satisfies her creative and artistic interests and talents. This is Jessica’s second year assisting with the IAAPA Institute for Executive Education. After last year’s incomparable experiences and growth, she is looking forward to connecting with the executives that will be participating this year to make their experience an unforgettable one.

Christina Hammel

Christina is a Senior Hospitality & Tourism Student at San Diego State University, with an emphasis in Meetings and Events Operations. After studying abroad in Chile, Christina realized her real passion lays in the tourism industry and has since been pursuing further knowledge in the field. Christina is currently the Marketing Coordinator Intern at Cadence Travel Management, and has had additional industry experience working for the San Diego Padres, fine-dining restaurants, and extreme sport outfitters. Christina hopes to further her interest in creating exciting and memorable experiences at the IAPPA Education Conference, and looks forward exploring your perspective of the amusement park business.

Jolly Mateo

unnamed (2)As a transfer student from the Bay Area, Jolly is in his second year at San Diego State. He is majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Meetings and Events. He is an avid sports fan and would eventually love to work in the sports industry. However, his passion for hospitality has kept him interested in the world of amusement parks and attractions. He is currently working for the San Diego Padres baseball club, under their ticket operations department, and has learned many things about the organization and the sports industry itself. He hopes to study or intern abroad in countries like Greece, Spain or Australia. This is his first time joining the IAAPA Executive Education Conference and is very excited to learn and grown as a student. He hopes to meet each and everyone of you during this week-long experience and come away with a new outlook in hospitality.

Chloe Slovinsky

unnamed (1)Chloe is a junior in the Hospitality and Tourism Management program at San Diego State University with an emphasis in Events and Meetings. She currently works as a meetings coordinator for a pharmaceutical planning company, however, Chloe hopes to return to working private events, which most of her hospitality experience consists of. Having worked in the Amusement park industry before (previously known as Soak City) Chloe is excited to revisit and gain further insight into amusement park operations, and specifically the potential for private events within the different establishments.

 We look forward to your arrival next week!


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