Written by: Fernando Sarmiento

The Face of an Corporation:

Past week I bought the opportunity and privilege to represent the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton Faculty for World-wide Hospitality Leadership as one particular of 18 student volunteers for HITEC 2022 (June 27-30), the world’s biggest and oldest hospitality know-how and finance meeting. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the function was held at Orlando’s iconic Orange County Convention Middle, where around 6,000 attendees and exhibitor gathered to talk about remedies to crucial troubles our market faces, as nicely as put forth the newest products and products and services, with the goal of building our shoppers and performing lives a very little far better.

As a seasoned occasion-goer myself, I was humbled by how substantially I discovered and gained from the knowledge. My earnest gratitude goes to HFTP, their strategic partners, and the HFTP Cougar Chapter, of which I am a member. It is thanks to them that I obtained to make new friendships and experienced connections, and continued to learn outside the house of the classroom.

The Do the job and the Individuals:

We had been asked to aid as the welcoming encounter of HFTP by orienting and helping both equally attendees and exhibitors all through the conference, delivering general support during classes, and of program, preserving the organizers knowledgeable of something relevant.

Though the student volunteers experienced been trustworthy with a really crucial endeavor, it by no means genuinely felt like operate mainly because the management behind the celebration had been all definitely enthusiastic about our role and place in terrific work to make us all feel welcomed, ready and included in the course of.

Furthermore, I was astonished by several of my fellow students’ etiquette and understanding of the marketplace. But it was seriously their sunny disposition and kindness in the direction of everybody that built them these a unforgettable mix of folks to work along with with. These incredible students from hospitality-relevant fields arrived from diverse educational institutions across the country, these kinds of as San Jose Point out College, Northern Arizona University, New York University, as effectively the Valencia College (to title a couple).

The Compound:

We were being encouraged to attend periods of our fascination, converse with knowledgeable specialists from the hospitality business, and wallop HITEC exhibitors with issues.

With this occasion remaining HITEC’s 50th anniversary, the organizers and their companions had been guaranteed to involve some exciting things to do in the software, these types of as the HITEC Opening Social gathering at SeaWorld Orlando offered by Venza and CyberTek, where by I got equally my ft and cellular phone damp the HFTP Youthful Industry experts (YP) Meet up with-up at The Tin Roof, which was a meet up with-and-greet above gentle drinks and snacks, hosted by HFTP and AAHOA and sponsored by Aimbridge Hospitality (pictured previously mentioned) and a particular “Fireside Chat” session with resort mogul Mr. Harris Rosen as section of HFTP’s 2022 Leadership Excellence Series.

General, volunteering at HITEC was an inspiring experience for me, and I would invite other students to look at volunteering at the future opportunity they get. It is a prospect for learners to get a perception of performing on the entrance traces of party-arranging, learn more about the hospitality market and its technological and economical factors, work on your networking capabilities and make new lifelong buddies and skilled connections. It is incredibly significantly value the try out.

Fernando Sarmiento is a university student at the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton Faculty for International Hospitality Leadership and university student volunteer at HITEC Orlando 2022.