The Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management program advisory board is a group of 18 industry experts who provide a connection and ongoing exchange of information, ideas, and collaboration between program faculty, staff, and students.

Each member has been selected for their expertise and commitment to the success of the UNL Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management program and its students.

Some of the duties and requirements of the board include, but are not limited to:
  • attending all board meetings
  • staying informed about student curriculum, services and supports, and activities
  • assisting with funding allocations
  • providing opportunities and serving as mentors

The advisory board works hand in hand with the HRTM program director, faculty, and staff to prepare students for leadership roles in the hospitality industry. 

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  • Jeff Maul
  • Executive Director, Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau & Vice President Lincoln Chamber of Commerce
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Headshot of Deb Ward
  • Deb Ward
  • Executive Director Visit Omaha
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  • John Ricks
  • Executive Director at Nebraska Tourism Commission
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  • Tom McKitterick, CCM, CCE
  • General Manager at Country Club of Lincoln
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Headshot of Andy Reetz
  • Andy Reetz, CCM
  • CEO/General Manager at Champions Run Country Club
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Headshot of Rachel McConnell
  • Rachel McConnell-HRTM Class of 2011
  • Community Engagement Director, Mourning Hope Grief Center
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Headshot of Jenessa Keiser
  • Jenessa Keiser
  • HR Director
  • Charon Shared Services
  • Lincoln Surgical Hospital
  • Eye Surgical Associates
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Headshot of Dana Hatcliff
  • Dana Hatcliff
  • Human Resources Business Partner
  • Bryan Health
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  • Zoe Olson
  • Chair, HRTM Advisory Board
  • Executive Director
  • Nebraska Hospitality Association
  • Hospitality Educational Foundation
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  • Aaron Stitt
  • Vice-Chair, HRTM Advisory Board
  • General Manager
  • Courtyard by Marriott Lincoln Downtown/Haymarket
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Headshot of Kelli Pilkington
  • Kelli Pilkington
  • Vice President of Marketing
  • Flagship Restaurant Group
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Headshot of Phil Grimpo
  • Phil Grimpo
  • Executive Director
  • Inspirmedia Productions
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