2010 - 2016

2010 - 2016

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Jennifer Whiteley
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2016

UNT really showed Jennifer Whiteley a grand time. She enjoyed being a part of so many wonderful organizations; SEPA, HATC, HFTP, and Alpha Sigma Lambda. As well, she has been blessed to be taught by so many caring and devoted teachers. After graduation she was offered a job working for the world leaders in private clubs. A short semester after graduation, she quickly advanced in her field of studies. She’s excited to see where life takes her. As for her future, well, she hopes to one day return to UNT to further grow her studies in Hospitality.

Hannah Fudge
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2016

Hannah Fudge recently graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality Management. She is grateful for every single thing UNT and all of her professors did to help her on her journey because she wouldn't be where she is today living her dream without their help. During her last semester, she did her internship at Dr. Pepper Ballpark as Catering Supervisor and gained much experience while there. She then applied for the Disney College Program was accepted as a Character Attendant and her home park is at Hollywood Studios but she can pick up shifts in all the parks. She’s so thankful for working there that she’s in the process of applying for full time so that Mickey Mouse can be her boss for even longer.

Samantha Balderas
B.S. in Digital Retailing, 2016

Samantha is a proud 2016 graduate with a B.S. in Digital Retailing and a minor in Marketing. She is now an Account Coordinator for a small social media agency called Social Strategy1. She develops effective social media strategies for B2B and B2C companies. She also analyzes data using our proprietary social listening engine. This includes processing mentions about a client to uncover trends, sentiment, and market opportunities. Other than being a social media geek, she enjoys spending time with her two pups and traveling!

Emily Blalock
B.S. in Digital Retailing, 2016

Emily Blalock graduated from UNT in August of 2016. She majored in Digital Retailing and was recently hired on at APMEX in Oklahoma City as the Email Marketing and Promotions Specialist. She plans on going to grad school to get her MBA in Marketing within the next five years as she wants to enter management in the e-commerce industry, preferably work for a fashion, cosmetics or home interiors company. Additionally, her interests include movies, travelling and her best four-legged friend, Buddy. 

Kristi’an Taylor
B.S. in Merchandising, 2015

Since graduation, Kristi’an had the opportunity of being a Merchandise Executive Trainee with Stage Stores in Houston, TX. From there, she spent a year as Assistant Buyer in Missy Special Sizes. Currently, she has transitioned into the role of an Allocation Analyst in the Home & Textiles department. She is so grateful to UNT for her amazing education and preparing for her career.

Kristen Washington-Scott
B.S. in Merchandising, 2015

Kristen graduated in Fall 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Merchandising. She is currently a buyer-coordinator for Tuesday Morning Corporate office. She is also a Dallas-based personal stylist, fashion blogger and fashion show producer currently planning her 3rd fashion show to debut this summer. Her plans are to pursue this career path full time, and to open a clothing boutique. She is working heavily to leave her mark within the Dallas fashion industry.

Adriana Solis
B.S. in Digital Retailing, 2015

Adriana Solis from Dallas, Texas graduated from CMHT in 2015 with a dual degree in Merchandising & Digital Retail. While at UNT, she represented CMHT in various competitions such as the NRF Student Challenge, Next Generation Scholarship, Shop. Org's Ray Greenly Scholarship and UNT New Venture Creation contest. One of her favorite projects was leading Method Seven Magazine at UNT and working with many talented students to bring the magazine to life. After graduation, she worked for JCPenney. com as a site merchandiser of kids', men's and athletic shoes for two years. She’s getting married in October and is happily working on the next step in my career. :) CMHT has a very special place in her heart!

Bre’jal Guerrero
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2015

Bre'jal Guerrero started the CMHT program in the Fall of 2012 and graduated in May of 2015. In June of 2015, she took a job in Austin off of Lake Travis working as a Sales/Catering Administrator for Remington at Lakeway Resort and Spa. She left the company in January 2016 for a temporary position as an Office Manager with Cloud Imperium Games. In April 2016, when the time came for her to move on, she gained a position with Cypress Falls Event Center, in South Austin, where she works as a Manager for the hotel side. She enjoyss all the job entails and hopes to take what she has learned from this position and open her own Bed and Breakfast in West Texas one day.5

Kelsey Henry
B.S. in Digital Retailing, Minor in Marketing, Certificate in Retail Marketing, 2015

During her academic career, Kelsey was very active in the UNT community as a member of the National Retail Federation Student Association, was Founder of the Council of Digital Entrepreneurs (CODE) program, and the Founder and President of the campus called Bored in Denton (BID). The summer before her senior year, Kelsey interned in the Retail Practice at Demandware in Boston, MA. The valuable knowledge gained from her education and internship allowed her to achieve a position in the College Recruiting Program at PFSweb after graduation. She has now completed the College Recruit Program and is working in the Merchandising department as an Online Merchandising Specialist. Kelsey has also been admitted to the University of Texas at Dallas to begin the M.S. Marketing program in the Spring.

Kelli Hiroms
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2015

Kelli Hiroms has always had a passion for hospitality and customer service, but she never knew exactly what career path she wanted to take. She gained experience at Red Lobster, Denton Country Club, and interned with the Sports Commission at the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau. After her internship, she joined the Renaissance Dallas-Richardson as Executive Meeting Manager. She was honest and told him that she had no hotel or sales experience, but the executive who interviewed her was insistent that her education would serve her well. Kelli says she owes so much credit to UNT and the wonderful professors that helped mold her skills and encouraged her every day.

Cory Simmons
B.S. in Merchandising and Digital Retailing; Certificate in Retailing;, 2015

Cory Simmons recently graduated from the University of North Texas in August of, 2015 and lives in Carrollton, TX. He has a baccalaureate degree in merchandising and digital retail, with a retailing certificate. Cory is currently the assistant merchandiser for local Dallas menswear brand, Haggar Clothing Company. His role includes, but is not limited to: helping to produce and maintain samples for each new season, visual merchandising, assisting with line presentations, market research and development. Cory has recently celebrated his 24th birthday and enjoys his time mostly with friends or his favorite Netflix series.

Caroline Vu
B.S. in Merchandising, 2015

Caroline was not only a dedicated student, but also was a member of the North Texas Sweethearts and worked in retail at dELiA’s where she worked her way up to becoming an Assistant Store Manager. For her internship, she was a Production and Styling Assistant with Jan Strimple Productions where she helped produce high profile fashion events around the DFW area and served as the liaison between clients and talent agencies. After graduation, Caroline became an assistant to Suzanne Droese at Droese Public Relations in the Dallas area.

Elizabeth Jimenez
B.S. in Merchandising, 2015

Currently she is working at Michaels as a Floor Planning Coordinator. Previously to floor planning, she worked in the buying world as a Category Administrative Associate. Her current role focuses on the management of store maps, department resets, and directing stores on product placement for future resets. She started out as an Intern in the Summer of 2014 and have made her way to this wonderful role! 

Sarah Ann Kinser
M.S. in Hospitality Management, 2015

Since graduating, she continued working with the Disney Vacation Club, which is where she completed her most recent internship. Shortly after, she was promoted to Sales Coordinator in charge of the Advanced Sales Assistants (ASAs) and the Sales Guides for DVC at our Saratoga Springs Preview Center. She is having a blast working for Disney. She gets to use everything she learned while pursuing her MS in Hospitality Management and MBA in Strategic Management. She’s excited to see what the next step in the journey will be.

Shelby Jessica Librach
B.S. in Merchandising, 2015

After a challenging job search after graduation, she was offered a position and role that she had no prior experience with, but was trusted and supported with taking on. She is now an account executive, the heart of the company and the people who get stuff done, at Bioworld Merchandising. Bioworld Merchandising is the leading design and manufacturing firm for licenses apparel and accessories for about any and all retailers one could think of. The most amazing part of it all; she is not only working within the same industry as my degree, but the primary reason why she is capable of carrying out this role and duties is because of the specific courses she completed at the University of North Texas and the knowledge she obtained while completing them. She is happy to say that she has maintained the hard, diligent, work ethic that she was able to mold and perfect during my three years at the University of North Texas, but also retaining her thirst for knowledge and new experiences. 

Hannah Newman
B.S. in Hospitality, 2015

Graduated UNT with a B.S. In Hospitality Management in August 2015. She is now a Conference Coordinator at the Gaylord Texan.

Jacklyn Hancock
B.S. in Merchandising, 2015

Jacklyn finished her degree in the summer of 2015 and has been employed by Reap Marketing since graduating. Her job entails both physical and virtual merchandising working with Standish Salon Goods, a client of Reap Marketing. Jacklyn routinely makes website edits to their main site, as well as their partner website with L’Oréal and Salon Centric. Her internship with Sally Beauty (completed in her last semester at UNT) prepared her for this career in the beauty industry. While taking a break from wedding planning, Jacklyn enjoys exploring downtown Dallas and Deep Ellum, where she currently lives with fiancé Stephen and puppy Apricot. 

Alexandra Shaw
B.S. in Digital Retailing, 2015

Currently, Alex is working at Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. in the Direct to Consumer channel as an Ecommerce Marketing Specialist. After completing her summer website merchandising internship with the same company, she applied for the position and was offered the job. As an Ecommerce Marketing Specialist she works with different analytics platforms to analyze product and category performance, contributes to promotional planning, email marketing, and SEO/SEM. 

Leah Weeks
B.S. in Home Furnishings Merchandising, 2014

Leah works as an assistant buyer for Ross Stores, Inc. She relocated to New York City proceeding graduation from CMHT to accept the position. Prior to graduation, Leah's career began with internships at a textile design firm, followed by 2 interior design firms, and the internship with Ross Stores which led to her current position in the decorative home department. Leah's favorite part of her job is combining business analytics with an eye for trend to compose the perfect assortment. She aspires to one day join executive leadership with Ross and usher the company in to the future. In her free time, Leah enjoys exploring the many museums the city has to offer, diving in to new literature, or checking out the latest foodie hot-spot.

Rickie P. Smith
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2014

During his time at UNT, Rickie was the president of National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) where it allowed him to sharpen up leadership skills. He gained valuable experience as a food beverage intern at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas and Rooms Intern at Embassy suites outdoor world. After graduating, he became a manager Laquinta Inn & Suites and then became branch manager for Ryder Truck Rental. He is currently a Customer Logistics Supervisor for Ryder, where he provides customers with solutions to their supply chain.

Kyle Cockerham
B.S. in Digital Retailing, 2014

After his internship, he worked for Square 205 in the Digital Marketing department and has had the opportunity to stay with the company where he currently works as a Digital Strategist.

Tyler Funderburke
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2014

Tyler Funderburke grew up in Richmond, TX, one of the many suburbs in the Houston area. He’s enjoyed traveling since he can remember and was usually more excited to see the hotel his parents had chosen than the sights of the location they were visiting. His love of travel combined with his hospitable attitude and customer service experience is what solidified his future in the industry. While attending UNT, he worked at the Homewood Suites by Hilton in Denton for two years to gain experience in the industry and to fulfill his degree work experience requirement. Tyler enjoyed being a member of Theta Chi fraternity during his time at UNT and made lifelong memories and friends through this organization. His favorite activity was definitely attending the tailgates and football games with friends. During his final semester at UNT he completed his internship at Patrick Henry Creative Promotions, a beverage based marketing agency specializing in strategy and promotions for restaurants, bars, and hotels. The company offered his a position, and he accepted!

Whitney Green-Jones
B.S. in Merchandising, 2014

Whitney was an active student on campus, serving as an Ambassador of the College of Merchandising, Hospitality & Tourism. As a freshman, she lived in the REAL (Residents Engaged in Academic Living) community, and as a senior she enrolled in the New York study tour. Whitney was an Eagle Ambassador at the University of North Texas, and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. She completed her internship with Haggar Clothing Co. in Brand Strategy, Licensing, and Sponsorships in the marketing department. She assisted with the development of Brand Strategy approaches and processes to advance the Haggar brand. (e.g. social media and brand comparisons), liaised with legal, merchandising, and sourcing to ensure that all obligations were met for creation of Hall of Fame jackets (ProFootball, Hockey, Bowling Hall of Fames). After graduation, she joined the company as an eCommerce Producer/ Site Merchandiser. She manages the Haggar.com User Experience for both desktop/mobile and creating/executing ecommerce promotions. Whitney loves working at Haggar and has many great mentors since joining the company almost two years ago. Whitney is a member of the UNT Alumni Association and comes to visit frequently volunteering with organizations on campus.

Hannah Hillaker
M.S. in Merchandising, 2014

While at UNT Hannah was a Teaching Assistant for Digital Retailing courses and Graduate Student Representative for the UNT chapter of the National Retail Federation (NRF). She successfully completed a beta course with Forrester Research and CMHT’s Executive Education Program. Hannah was given the opportunity to attend the NRF Big Shop and the Shop.org Summit. As a graduate student, she worked at The Home Depot and was offered a summer internship at the corporate office in Atlanta, GA. She was then hired full time as an Executive Assistant to the Merchandising Vice President of Flooring and then promoted to her current position as Senior Analyst in Assortment Planning. At this current position, Hannah analyzes space and strategic assortment opportunities for the merchandising organization.

Megan Hodges
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2014

Megan was a member of the honors society Eta Sigma Delta for hospitality management during her time at UNT. After receiving her degree she began the Management Trainee program with Enterprise Rent-A-Car in the Denton, TX area and became an Assistant Manager after successfully completing the program.

Joseph Im
B.S. in Merchandising, 2014

Joseph was born in Pusan, South Korea and moved to the United States when he was four years old. While attending UNT, he was a part-time translator and was involved in a student led organization called Korean Cultural Exchange and served as vice president for three years. Joseph enrolled in the Hong Kong/China study abroad program. He completed a product development internship with a leather company, Leatherology. After graduating, Joseph began his career as a Merchandising Business Systems associate at 7-Eleven Corporate headquarters.

Jessica Olvera
B.S. in Merchandising and Hospitality Management, 2014

Graduated in 2014 with a double major in Hospitality Management and Merchandising with dreams of becoming an event planner. Today she is a Senior Coordinator at Agave Estates, a prestigious and beautiful venue in Katy, TX. where she meets, plans, and organizes events for clients. She states, “ I love my job and am grateful for the education UNT has provided me! Go Mean Green!

Charles Kleineck
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2014

While pursuing his degree at UNT he gained experience in the hospitality industry while working at the Hilton DFW Conference Center. Currently, he is working at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, TX.

Viviana Mantovani
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2014

Viviana gained experience in banquets and weddings at Ponte Family Estate Winery and the Lantana Golf Club. With her enthusiastic spirit and passion for the service industry, Viviana strives to exceed any expectation that comes her way. She currently works in a customer service role with the Marriott Hotels in Irving, TX and enjoys working with the staff and customers in that busy industry.

Aaron McArthur
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2014

Aaron was involved with Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) and interned at Brook Hollow Golf Club in North Dallas in food and beverage. Upon completion of the internship, his career took a different path to the hotel industry. In 2012, Aaron started as a Night Auditor at a Holiday Inn Express in Denton while he was in school at UNT. He also gained experience at Walters Wedding Estates (Wildwood Inn). After graduating in December, 2014 , Aaron was promoted to Administrative Sales Assistant the following month at the Intercontinental.

Jensen Medeiros
MS/MBA Hospitality Management, 2014

Jansen Medeiros is a Managing Director at Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts, where he oversees two large full-service resorts. He graduated from Park University with a bachelor's degree in Business Management in 2009 and completed a dual MS/MBA in Hospitality Management from the University of North Texas in, 2014 . Jasen has over 15 years of hotel management experience in both Hawaii and the U.S. Mainland markets.

Hayley Meyer
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2014

Hayley enriched the UNT experience by participating in professional organizations such as Hospitality Sales and Marketing International and Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals. Hayley also was a member and eventually the president of the UNT Chapter of Eta Sigma Delta, the International Hospitality Management Honor Society that offers tutoring services to CMHT students. She had the pleasure of attending the Eta Sigma Delta Breakfast at the International Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Show in New York through a college-sponsored trip. She gained valuable experience while in school in sales in the restaurant equipment industry and as hotel guest service agent. In between full semesters, Hayley gained work experience while still a student by working in numerous sales positions in the restaurant equipment industry, as guest service agent at a hotel in Plano, and through a revenue management internship at Hilton Worldwide. When not traveling about the globe, she is happily engaged as a full-service hotel revenue manager for Hilton Worldwide.

Hahna Muehlberger
B.S. in Fashion Merchandising; Certificate in Retailing; Minor: Marketing, French, 2014

Hahna Muehlberger graduated from The University of North Texas in, 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Merchandising and a Certificate in Retailing. While working towards her degree in merchandising, she joined Merchandising, Inc. and held the office of Fundraising Chair, followed by President. She was also involved with the National Retail Federation Student Association and had the opportunity to serve as Vice President. Involvement with these organizations allowed her the opportunity to meet and work with professionals in the industry, which helped lead to a paid internship. The internship led to a full-time job with Ross Stores, Inc in their Dresses Division. Prior to her internship, Hahna had the opportunity to travel to China with other CMHT students. The knowledge and experience gained during those two weeks has proven to be invaluable. In addition to her studies in merchandising, Hahna received Minors in Marketing and in French. To pursue her French minor, she traveled with other UNT students to study for a semester on the French Riviera. Following her return, she graduated and immediately moved to New York City, where she currently works and resides.

Jessica Olvera
B.S. in Hospitality Management and Merchandising, 2014

Jessica completed a double major (hospitality management and merchandising) while earning her B.S. degree. She was very involved in extracurricular activities throughout her time at UNT. She was a member of Club Managers Association of America, Student Event Planners of America, North Texas Sweethearts and Zeta Tau Alpha. She enjoyed being a part of something among like-minded individuals striving for a purpose and always willing to help in their community. Each organization, although different, taught her different values that she still holds to this day. She interned as a Coordinator and Event Manager at Circle R Ranch an event venue in Flower Mound, TX. After graduation, she moved back to her hometown of Katy, TX to pursue her goal of becoming an Event Coordinator. It took a lot of research and hard work but in June of, 2015 she landed her dream job! Currently, she is a Senior Coordinator at Agave Estates, a prestigious and beautiful venue in Katy, TX. She truly loves her job and is grateful for the education UNT has provided!

Karen Saltzman
B.S. in Merchandising, 2014

Karen was a member of the National Retail Federation Student Association (NRFSA), Merchant Development Program (MDP), Head stylist for MOSE Models and competed nationally in the first ever NRFSA student challenge competition, placing 3rd place for the ‘K. Saltzman’ shoe concept. Upon graduating, she was a Buying/ Planning Intern for Nordstrom in Seattle, WA, and currently she is an E-Commerce Assistant Merchant at Signet Jewelry for the Zale Corporation. She expressed her gratitude to the College of Merchandising, Hospitality & Tourism, her professors, peers and family for helping her achieve her dreams thus far through their support, wisdom and kindness.

Marissa Tavares
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2014

A recent graduate of The University of North Texas' Hospitality Management program in, 2014 , Marissa Tavares is currently gaining management experience as Spa Supervisor at The Spa at the Crescent. Her goals are to spend time in multiple areas including both domestic and international properties as well as become the Spa Director of a luxury property. Prior to graduating she had completed her internship with the Rosewood Crescent Hotel as an accounting intern, and has continued to grow with the company.

Lauren Vasquez
M.S. in Merchandising, 2014 ; B.S. in Merchandising and Minor in Business 2012

Lauren participated in various organizations including Kappa Kappa Gamma, Merchandising Inc., and Golden Key International Honors Society while at UNT. After an internship at Oppsy Daisy Baby, Lauren graduated Cum Laude with her bachelor’s degree with The Honors Scholar Award and immediately entered the M.S. in Merchandising program at UNT. Lauren’s research focused on consumer’s social experience, and her thesis was, DETERMINANTS AND IMPACTS OF PINTEREST CONSUMER EXPERIENCES. While working on her M.S. in Merchandising Lauren moved to St. Petersburg, Florida for a social media internship with The Home Shopping Network. After completing her M.S. in Merchandising, Lauren started her career at JCPenney as an Enterprise Merchandise Assistant for the Young Men’s collections team. She has worked on the Young Men’s Collections, Big & Tall and Levi MAT Teams. Currently Lauren is working with the Young Men’s Collections and the Levi team. Lauren also is an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas teaching Global Sourcing, and she is excited for the future ahead of her.

Victoria Whitaker
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2014

During her time at UNT, Victoria was an active member of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association and learned as much as possible about the hospitality industry. After completing her required internship with Ultimate Ventures in their Marketing and Operations department, she graduated from UNT and joined Hilton Worldwide as Revenue Coordinator where she is applying her education and experience.

Demetria White
B.S. in Merchandising, 2014

Demetria’s undergrad years at UNT were fantastic, the knowledge she gained was immeasurable and the wide range of courses and professors were awesome. Recently, she decided to return to UNT to continue with her education by applying for Grad School to earn an M.S. in Merchandising. She believes there is a wide range of careers for those students pursuing merchandising degrees. Currently, she is working at Haggar Clothing Co. as a Product Associate in their Global Sourcing Department. Her goal in pursuing a Master's in Merchandising is to further her knowledge in the field of Merchandising so that later in her career she can pursue teaching at a four year university.

Esther Wu
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2014

Esther Wu graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in 2008 before enrolling at the University of North Texas. Upon graduation, she started her career as General Manager at the Panda Restaurant Group where she provides operations expertise and manages the performance of support staff. While currently working with the company, Esther continuously challenges herself in new projects to assist in growing the company. She relocated to Denver, Colorado to elevate operational performance and work toward becoming a multi-unit-manager.

Aiyana Zihuatanejo
B.S. in Merchandising & Digital Retailing, 2014

Aiyana completed a double major while earning her B.S. degree at UNT. To gain experience, she interned for multiple companies, including the Aikaz Showroom, in the garment district of New York City, but she had a deep passion for e-commerce. After graduating, she travelled to the Greater Boston Area of Massachusetts to intern during the summer of, 2014 at German software company, Demandware. Upon completing her internship with Demandware, Aiyana returned to Texas to begin a fall internship with JCPenney. While working as a Graphic Print Librarian in JCP’s Textile Design division, she learned of the Site Merchandiser Training Program from her teacher, Rich Last. She started as a Site Merchandiser Trainee and after completing the program was placed in the Kid’s division as a Site Merchandiser. Following her UNT graduation, she is a Site Merchandiser for JCPenney’s Jewelry division overseeing watches and fashion accessories. She resides in North Dallas and when she’s not working at JCP’s corporate office, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, as well as cruising on her road bicycle.

Marco Ludovisi Arce
B.S. Hospitality Management, 2014

“Marco Ludovisi Arce immigrated from Mexico in 2006. He spoke no English and knew very little about the American culture or its people. Fluent in Spanish and English, Marco holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas where he majored in Hospitality Management. Marco knew that education was his first step towards opportunity. During his college career, he sold tamales door-to-door in order to pay his college tuition. Marco is registered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority as a General Securities Representative Series 7, and licensed by NASAA with a Series 66. Through a partnership with Harvard Business School Publishing and Fidelity, Marco has completed multiple courses through HarvardManageMentor, the most trusted-on demand leadership development resource.

Marco is a Planning & Guidance Consultant at Fidelity Investments. Headquartered in Boston, Fidelity is the No. 1 provider of 401(k) retirement savings plans, the- second largest discount brokerage firm, and the third largest provider of 403(b) retirement plans for not-for-profit institutions in the United States. Fidelity currently has 2 trillion dollars in global assets under management and 5 trillion dollars in assets under administration.

Marco provides investment direction by using guidance tools to match needs with suitable solutions such as products, research, or services including trading and online education while acquiring, retaining, and developing assets. In December 2015, Marco was named “Most Valued Person” for his team due to his business results. He was also a recipient for the “Top 5% Gold Award” for a National Fidelity Workplace Investing Business Campaign.

Marco is an active member of the community. He has worked in multiple projects with various local and national chambers of commerce. Marco has also served in the board of directors for the Association of Latino Professionals for America and the Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Marco’s next career goal is to finish his Master’s degree, become a Certified Financial Planner, and eventually become a VP Financial Consultant or a VP Managing Director.”

Kenzie Branum
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2014

Since graduating, Kenzie has worked as a Meeting Coordinator at Rx Worldwide Meetings and as a catering manager at Sambuca Restaurants. Currently, she is the Catering Sales Manager at the Westin DFW Airport Hotel, living in Dallas, TX.

Giselle Greenidge
M.S. in Merchandising, 2014 

Doctoral student (2nd year)

Major concentration – Global and Comparative Sociology
UNT Department of Sociology

Currently a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Sociology
Graduate Student Council Senator for Sociology (Fall 2015 – Spring 2016)
Graduate Student Council Vice President of Programming & Outreach (Summer 2016 – Spring 2017)

Chloé Halley
B.S. in Merchandising and Digital Retailing, 2014

After graduation in August 2014, she had the opportunity to be the Site Merchandiser of Home at Neiman Marcus for NeimanMarcus.com, Horchow.com, and BergdorfGoodman.com. In June 2015, she was offered a position at PFSweb to be the Site Merchandiser forLancôme.com, Clarisonic.com, and the L'Oréal Group. She is still with PFSweb. It will be a year with PFSweb in June. It is her dream job and dream company to work for. Being a Site Merchandiser was her goal after graduation, the Digital Retailing program really prepared her to succeed as a Site Merchandiser. She hopes to become a Site Merchandising Manager - maybe even the Vice President of E-Commerce one day! She was accepted into graduate school at UT Dallas and will earn a Master of Science in Marketing - specializing in Digital Marketing & Advertising. I plan to start in the summer of 2017.

She recently became a mother to a beautiful baby girl named Clara Madison Serrato, who was born 3/8/16.

Karen Saltzman
B.S. in Merchandising, 2014

She graduated Cum Laude from CMHT in December 2014 with a Merchandising/Marketing Degree along with my Retailing certificate. Upon graduating, she was a Buying/ Planning Intern for Nordstrom in Seattle, WA and currently is an E-Commerce Assistant Merchant at Signet Jewelry LLP for the Zale Division.  

Blaire Zahn
M.Sc. International Sustainable Tourism, 2014

After completing the MIST program in 2014, she did a brief Marketing & Communications internship with the nonprofit Sustainable Travel International. Her mentor with the organization then helped her secure her current job at the Tourism Director for the Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. She has been incredibly lucky to be able to experience managing tourism marketing & development in a smaller community for over a year now. 

Ashley Anderson
B.S. in Hospitality Administration/Management, 2013

During her time at UNT, Ashley gained experience in the hospitality industry at Winstar World Casino Hotel as a Front Desk Agent and later as an Accounting Intern prior to graduating. Once Ashley received her degree, she went to work with Omni Hotels & Resorts as an Income Auditor where she kept banquet summaries and transmitted data to the corporate headquarters. She currently has moved to the Ft. Worth area where she works as a Staff Recruiter for Oxford Global Resources.

Ashley Bonner
B.S. in Merchandising and Digital Retailing, 2013

Ashley’s interest in ecommerce and digital marketing grew after being involved in Method Seven Magazine and taking the Intro to Digital Retailing class with Richard Last. Ashley interned at Imaginuity Interactive from June 2012 to August 2012 as a Retail Account Apprentice and worked remotely for the next year as a Retail Account Intern. In September, 2013, she moved to Globe Runner. There her responsibilities included PR and outreach, focusing on strategies and implementation of content marketing, site optimization, and reporting for several clients. Her role has evolved to Quality Manager with oversight for objectives such as UX (user experience) design and testing, site optimization, keyword research, blogger/influencer research and outreach, data analysis and more.

Megan Brown
B.S. in Merchandising, 2013

Meagan was a member of the National Retail Federation Student Association and attended the NRF Big Show in New York City. She spent her internship with the Category Management team at Michael’s Stores, Inc. After graduation, she began her career with JCPenney as an eCommerce Merchandise Assistant before moving into the Site Merchant Trainee program. At the conclusion of the training program, she moved into her current position as a Site Merchant. Megan is confident that with her education and experience, she can be successful within any aspect of merchandising.

Jessica Burton
M.S. in Merchandising, 2013

Jessica Burton is a proud alumni of the University of North Texas. She earned her Master of Science in Merchandising in, 2013and previously earned her Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing in 2008. While earning her degrees, Jessica served in numerous leadership roles including being an Orientation Leader (2006) and a Senator on the Graduate Student Council representing CMHT(2012). Currently, Jessica is the Country Planner for Canada at EXPRESS, and attributes her continued success in her role and career through her graduate experience at CMHT. "Retail is a dynamic industry filled with an array of opportunities and avenues of growth. In the Merchandising MS program at CMHT, I learned practical, tangible skills as well as methodical and strategic ways of thinking that I apply daily in my current role". Jessica encourages every student to take full advantage of every opportunity and program offered by CMHT - you never know where it will take you!

Catherine Carmean
B.S. in Merchandising, 2013

During her undergraduate career, Catherine was a member of Merchandising Inc. and held several part-time jobs to gain retail experience. She began her career with Pacific Northern Inc. as an Account Coordinator and specialized in product development of custom fixtures and displays for David Yurman retail store fronts and wholesale locations. Currently, Catherine works as a Project Specialist/Environmental Design with the Fossil Group where she manages and executes the product development process for all wholesale fixtures such as Adidas, Michele and Tory Burch. She has extensive experience as a merchandise coordinator and has expertise in the marketing, and hospitality fields. Catherine has a passion for working in the retail and fashion industry and looks forward to continuing this career path.

Avery Davis
B.S. Merchandising & Digital Retailing, 2013

While attending UNT, Avery studied abroad summer 2012 in Hong Kong and China where she saw the apparel supply chain firsthand though tours and information sessions at textile mills, apparel production factories and the Yantian International Container Terminals. She completed an internship with Haggar in e-commerce. As an intern she built and uploaded merchandising promotions using a content management system and assisted in planning the promotions calendar for Summer and Fall, 2013. She also completed user-acceptance testing for the re-vamp of the retail website. Currently, Avery is a Product Associate for Haggar Clothing Company where she corresponds with overseas vendors and sourcing directors. She ensures purchase order deadlines are met by reviewing weekly work in progress reports, delivery charts from the vendor, and information entered in BlueCherry. Avery also works with textile mills to book fabric commitments based on company forecast and demand.

Tanell Evans
B.S. in Hospitality, 2013

Tanell was a member of the National Hospitality honor society and the Club Managers Association while pursuing her studies in hospitality management. After graduating in, 2013, she began her career with the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts as a Reservations Sales Consultant. Currently, she is the Loyalty Ambassador-Supervisor for the Omni Hotels where she focuses on promoting their loyalty program to guests who are not members and implementing training methods and procedures/manuals for her team of employees.

Kimberly Galvan
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2013

Shortly afterward graduating from the CMHT program, Kimberly created a profile on Hilton’s worldwide career network website and began her career at the Hilton Americas-Houston. As the largest hotel in the city of Houston, this property was the perfect training ground for a career in Sales. Starting as a Sales Administrator, it was only 12 months until she relocated as a Manager to the franchised Hilton NASA Clear Lake hotel. Very shortly after that, upon receiving an encouraging email from a colleague, she applied to a rarely available SMERF Sales Manager position at the Hilton Houston Post Oak hotel. This Hilton managed property located in the gorgeous Uptown Houston area has become her new home, and she looks forward to many years of growth with the Post Oak team. Kimberly attributes much of her accelerated advancement to the skills she acquired at the University of North Texas and the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism.

Carlye Greyer
M.S. in Hospitality Management, 2013

As a Design Consultant for Wisenbaker Builder Services, Carlye Greyer started her career with a Bachelor’s in Interior Design from Texas Tech and her Master’s in Hospitality Management from UNT. While attending UNT and working on her Masters’ she presented articles to the Asia Pacific conference in May, 2013on Hospitality and Tourism Management. With over eight successful years in customer service related positions she genuinely enjoys her chosen career path.

Julie Hajda
B.S. Home Furnishings Merchandising, 2013 As a CMHT Ambassador, Julie represented the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism and provided information to prospective students about our programs. She was also a member of Merchandising Inc. and collaborated with the Promotions Team. For her internship, Julie worked with Portico Collection where she applied what she had learned and gained experience. After graduating, she worked as a Lighting Designer for Meletio Lighting and Electric and worked with builders, designers, and home owners to create and design lighting packages for newly built luxury homes and commercial properties. She made a change in her career path to real estate with Keller Williams Memorial.

Amanda Harris
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2013

Thanks to the skills she developed during her studies, Amanda’s work experience now ranges from hotel service to food and beverage management, along with event sales and planning. Amanda finds herself drawing from lessons learned at UNT and sharing them with the team she leads on a daily basis at Agave Estates in the Houston, TX area. She believes she would not be the manager she is today without the influence of the educators she was fortunate enough have at UNT.

Nawal Harris
B.S. in Home Furnishing Merchandising, 2013

Along with concentrating on her studies while at UNT, Nawal was a member of Merchandising Inc. and participated in the Market Mentorship Program. Her internship with Haverty’s Furniture allowed her to plan and present design trend workshops for their customers all while allowing her to use her home furnishings background. After graduating, Nawal began working at Hewlett-Packard as a Sales Representative and was promoted to Territory Account Manager where she forecasts sales and develops projects for marketing campaigns for HP servers, storage, and network portfolios. Recently, she joined the Toastmasters International organization which focuses on communication and leadership development.


Wayne Ho
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2013

Wayne interned at Minute Suites in the IT support department at the DFW International Airport and continued as a supervisor. Prior to Minute Suites, he worked with the Four Seasons in Dallas and UNT Dining Services at Maple Hall during his years as a UNT student. Wayne currently lives in Dallas and stays active by pursuing his passion in fencing and volunteering with the UNT Fencing Club where he originally learned the sport.

Jessica Jones
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2013

She was a part of the Eta Sigma Delta Honors Society and dually worked as a guest service assistant at the Hilton Garden Inn while continuing her studies at UNT. After receiving her degree, Jessica worked as a Front Office Manager for Aimbridge Hospitality in different locations before accepting a position with Expedia, Inc. as a Market Associate in mid-August, 2015 .

Marian Karam
M.S. in Merchandising, 2013

Marian received the Outstanding Merchandise Student Award and published her thesis topic on wFacebook brand page attributes. She worked for Dallas Harley-Davidson as assistant to the merchandising manager and purchased merchandise for the store, styled and photographed product for marketing and social channels, and maintained the e-commerce site. After graduation, she joined JCPenney as an e-commerce assistant buyer. She was awarded a JCPenney certificate of excellence in her area and was selected as a subject matter expert to help develop and teach e-commerce assistant buyer classes. Marian currently works for Stage Stores Inc. in Houston, TX as a website marketing specialist. At Stage, she focuses on digital marketing and website user experience and is involved in web analytics, user acceptance testing, and research. She also helped launch their new mobile optimized site and customer loyalty program. Marian is excited to continue her involvement in digital channels and is launching several other exciting projects with her current company.

Ryan Kercheval
B.S. in Home Furnishings Merchandising, 2013

During her time at UNT, Ryan received the "Outstanding Senior in Home Furnishings" Award Spring, 2013. Ryan interned at Studio Bon Textiles while going to school at UNT and gained valuable experience. Her first job was with a start-up company, A Mediocre Corporation that boasts the same Founder as Woot.com. She also gained experience with D2 Rick & Kathy Drysdale Showroom at the Dallas Market Center. Currently, Ryan works at 7-Eleven, as a Category Support Coordinator for Non Alcoholic Beverages for TX, FL, and parts of the East Coast.

Brittany Kolodziej
B.S. in Merchandising, 2013

Brittany participated in several campus organizations including Merchandising Inc., Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Golden Key International Honors Society. She interned at Nordstrom and following graduation, she joined JCPenney Company, Inc. as a Merchandise Assistant for the Home department. She was accepted into their Assistant Buyer training program and worked as an assistant buyer in the Men’s active wear department. Brittany later joined Pier I as an Associate Site Merchandiser. Brittany is excited to be a part of the team at Pier 1 Imports that was announced as the winner of the “Comeback of the Year Award” at the inaugural Internet Retailer Excellence Awards in June of, 2015 .

Keitha Largent
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2013

Keitha’s knowledge of the hospitality industry was cultivated through her time spent in the hospitality management program at UNT along with her experience as a Sales and Catering Manager prior to finishing her degree. She has worked as a Corporate Sales Manager for The Cliffs Resort and the Double Diamond Resorts and currently is with Hersha Hospitality where she is the Senior Area Director of Sales and Marketing.

Ocean Martinez
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2013

Ocean’s experience in the hospitality industry and her academic achievements in the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism prepared her to be the Event Operations Manager at the Circle R Ranch. Her tasks involve hiring, scheduling, and training staff and managing private events. She enjoys working in the highly dynamic atmosphere of the event industry. She likes to stay busy and is enthusiastic about her job; Enthusiasm is contagious. Her goal is to be the best team member that she can be while performing her job duties to the best of her ability. She’s proud to work with colleagues who deliver five-star service to their clients.

Andie Rogers
B.S. in Merchandising, 2013

A highlight of Andie’s UNT experience was the Hong Kong and mainland China program where she experienced first-hand the supply chain process. Visiting factories was an exciting new experience. Prior to graduating, she completed her internship in New York City with Glamour Magazine as a Merchandising Intern in the creative services department. She assisted with photo-shoots, created copy, and created proposals using InDesign. Upon graduating, she joined the Beauty Systems Group as an Assistant Buyer.

Domenique Sam
B.S. in Fashion Merchandising, 2013

Domenique participated in Merchandising Inc. and Pi Beta Phi at UNT. She completed internships with Jan Strimple Productions as a backstage dresser and the Nordstrom Retail Management program. After graduating with her merchandising degree and a Retailing Certificate, she joined Sally Beauty Holdings as an Assistant Buyer in the Nail Category. While working full-time, she began graduate studies where she is pursuing a M.S. in Merchandising with a planned graduation of May 2017. Domenique looks forward to the next two years with the wonderful College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism. Happy 125th Anniversary!

Kendall Schmidt
M.S. in International Sustainable Tourism (MIST), 2013

Kendall previously spent time in Costa Rica as a production assistant/producer for Anywhere Costa Rica and was a marketing and research intern with the company. Her interests and specialties vary from marketing and social media to editing and film production. After receiving her master’s degree, she began her career with Allegro as a Marketing Data Analyst in the DFW area where she works with a team of analysts that works together to develop digitally-focused marketing campaigns.

Holly Sherrod
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2013

Holly enjoyed spending time with friends and walking around the beautiful campus. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and enjoyed attending football games with the Lady Wings. She gained experience working at Winstar World Casino and the Omni Hotel in Dallas, TX. With 12 years of experience in the hospitality industry and her degree in hand, she accepted a teaching position in Forney, Texas as the High School Culinary Arts/Nutrition, and Hospitality teacher.

Erica Stein
B.S. in Merchandising, Minor in Business Foundations, 2013

While pursuing her studies, she also was President of Chi Omega, a fraternal organization. Erica was a member of the National Retail Federation Student Association (NRFSA) and met industry professionals from the retail and fashion sectors. Erica focused on taking courses relevant to consumer experiences and behaviors, apparel evaluation, marketing and management, advanced buying and planning, and fashion theory. She completed her internship with Accessories and was responsible for product sales and managing the website and social media to increase brand awareness. After graduation, she started her career with the Zale Corporation as an E-Commerce Merchandise Coordinator and eventually was promoted to an Assistant Merchant position. Recently she accepted a position as Digital Marketing Manager for the Omni Hotels & Resorts in Dallas.

Marian Karam
M.S. in Merchandising, 2013

Marian received the Outstanding Merchandise Student Award and published her thesis topic on wFacebook brand page attributes. She worked for Dallas Harley-Davidson as assistant to the merchandising manager and purchased merchandise for the store, styled and photographed product for marketing and social channels, and maintained the e-commerce site. After graduation, she joined JCPenney as an e-commerce assistant buyer. She was awarded a JCPenney certificate of excellence in her area and was selected as a subject matter expert to help develop and teach e-commerce assistant buyer classes. Marian currently works for Stage Stores Inc. in Houston, TX as a website marketing specialist. At Stage, she focuses on digital marketing and website user experience and is involved in web analytics, user acceptance testing, and research. She also helped launch their new mobile optimized site and customer loyalty program. Marian is excited to continue her involvement in digital channels and is launching several other exciting projects with her current company.

Lanaighyah J. Beard
B.S. Merchandising and Digital Retailing, 2013

She obtained her Bachelors of Science in Fashion Merchandising and a minor in retail in August 2013. In addition, she accomplished the study aboard Hong Kong/Beijing tour which was an incredible experience to learn hands-on outside of the classroom environment and during my matriculation, she worked as a sales associate at Neiman Marcus Last Call. She’s currently a Beauty Replenishment Administrator at Neiman Marcus corporate buying offices in Dallas, TX. She is in pursuit to obtain a Masters of Arts in Luxury and Fashion Management at Savannah College of Art and Design through their e-learning program. She hopes to inspire students that it is possible to start at the bottom to get your foot in the door in your desired field and work your way up. 

Britney Hall
B.S. in Merchandising, 2013

After graduating with my B.S. In Merchandising with a minor in business in Fall 2013, she started her career at JCPenney Headquarters in Plano where she is now a Creative Merchandise Assistant working with the Visual Packaging Team. Her education from UNT definitely helps her in her career now and she can't thank this program enough for teaching her everything I needed to know about the business side of fashion. Go Mean Green!

Jessica (Hamilton) Leal
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2013

She is a Training Specialist at ARGUS software. So, she gets to travel wherever the class may be and train different clients over our products. Most of the time the class is in the US and Canada but sometimes the training classes are in Europe too!

Kaley Hanna (Blahnik)
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2013

Currently she is the Wedding and Social Catering Manager at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, where she sells and executes over 100 social and wedding events per year. The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek was recently named the #1 hotel in Texas by Travel and Leisure magazine. She recently got married and is living in uptown Dallas with her husband and dog, Mellie!

Shadan Kishi Price
M.S in Hospitality Management, 2013

Shadan graduated from the University of North Texas in 2008 with a degree in Visual Arts Studies. She taught art for a short time but realized that food was her passion. She went back to school and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Texas again in 2013 with a degree in Hospitality Management. She has been a proponent of the vegetarian lifestyle and cuisine since 2007 and knew that she wanted to take this love for vegetarian cooking and open a food establishment where she could share it with the community. In the past, she has worked as the sous chef/supervisor at the vegan dining hall on the UNT campus and she has also taught cooking demonstrations at both Natural Grocers and Lifetime Fitness.

The truck is essentially an extension of Shadan's personality. Shadan was born in Iran and moved to Texas when she was two. Being an Iranian in Texas meant learning how to combine the best of both cultures, which is exactly what her food offers. It combines the exotic flavors of Middle Eastern food with the traditional classics we all know and love. All the food is vegetarian and it uses local produce whenever possible. Leila's Food Truck is also strongly committed to serving the community. The truck accepts canned food donations which they donate to a local food pantry. Please continue to follow Leila's Food Truck for information on other community service events. Whether you are a vegetarian yourself or just someone wanting to try some new dishes, Leila's Food Truck has something for you! Come visit us today and make sure to follow us on our social media pages to keep up with what we have going on!

Pooja Amin
B.S. in Merchandising, 2012

During her time at UNT, she took pride in her role as Philanthropy Chair officer in Merchandising Inc. and was an active model in the 'Models of Style Exposed' organization. She took part in many of the associated fashion shows on and off campus. She just recently joined Charming Charlie Corporate in Houston, TX and is very excited about this new opportunity in Global Sourcing.

Willie Beaver
B.S. in Hospitality Administration/Management, 2012

During his time at UNT, Willie served as Treasurer of the National Society for Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) where he volunteered on a weekly basis to provide public service to the local Denton community. Prior to pursuing his education, he worked as an Aviation Electronic Technician for the U.S. Navy and completed his training in Oklahoma City, OK. During the last year of his undergraduate degree, Willie worked as a Manager on Duty/Front Desk Supervisor for the Winstar Hotel World Casino, a 395 room hotel. Maintaining guest satisfaction and providing support for every area of the hotel were just a few of his daily tasks. His current role as a Project Manager with GSA has allowed him to apply both his educational background and work experience to successfully provide creative solutions while working on multiple projects.

Jelisa Carroll
B.S. in Merchandising, 2012

While still in school, Jelisa was a contributing Editorial Photographer for Method Seven Magazine where she worked with a team to create photo shoot themes and set designs. After completing an internship with Target in their Executive Intern Program, she continued a new internship with Anthroplogie in their Southlake stores’ Visual Merchandising department. She currently is working as a shoot coordinator for Neiman Marcus at their headquarters where she coordinates with buyers and audits content from photo shoots.

Rachel Caudle
M.S. in Hospitality Management, 2012

Along with her Master’s degree, Rachel also is certified as a Meeting Planner (CMP) from CIC and is a certified Tourism Ambassador from the Tourism Ambassador Institute. Prior to receiving her Master’s she worked at Truglo as an International Specialist and as a Corporate Event Planner for Freese and Nichols for several years. Currently, she is the Trade Show and Events Manager for Bell Helicopter in the DFW area.

Marawee Dawson
B.S. Fashion Merchandising, 2012

While pursuing her studies at UNT, Marawee was involved with Merchandising Inc., was a member of Phi Theta Kappa International honor society, and participated in the Study Abroad program to Hong Kong and China in 2011. After completing her internship with Chanel in the DFW area, she became an Area Sales Manager with Dillard’s where she used analytical skills to research End-of-Month reports, conducted monthly inventory counts and implemented floor set changes. Recently, she opened the Blue Fairy Shop in the Lubbock, Texas area which carries women’s clothing and accessories both in store and online.

Ana Galaviz
B.S. in Fashion Merchandising, 2012

While at UNT Ana enjoyed participating in the Hong Kong-Beijing study abroad tour and visited factories and learned first-handed about the apparel supply chain. Ana has held positions in marketing, event management, and sales, serving as a Creative Services & Event Manager with Dallas Market Center, the world’s leading wholesale marketplace. Ana currently is an Account Executive at Bioworld Merchandising, where she is a member of the Walmart Accessories team. In her role, she oversees sales orders from receipt to delivery following vendor compliance procedures adhering to Walmart standards. She currently lives in Dallas and is pursuing an MBA with an emphasis in Marketing. Her activities include, serving on the programs committee for Fashion Group International of Dallas, freelancing for local fashion shows and charity events, and practicing Bikram Yoga.

Shannon Kennard
B.S. in Merchandising, 2012

Shannon was totally engaged at UNT. She enjoyed the New York Study tour, a study tour in South America, and was the Fashion Director of Method Seven Magazine for a semester. After spending her last semester in New York City interning for VS Magazine, she made the permanent move to the city, and a brief stint in the world of retail buying, before beginning a career in fashion PR. She works with editors from well-known glossies, coordinates events for fashion week in both New York and Miami, and managed social media campaigns for fashion, beauty, and lifestyle brands. In her free time, she is thrift shopping, traveling, reading, writing, and chasing music festivals.

Monica Lindsey
M.S. in Merchandising, 2012

Her passion for retail led Monica to pursue an undergraduate degree in Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising at Louisiana State University. After college she felt like something was missing and wanted to learn more, so she enrolled in the graduate program at the University of North Texas in the Fall of 2010. During her time at UNT she was able to take part in Internships, study abroad tour, graduate research opportunities and was also given the opportunity to be a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Merchandising and Digital Retailing. After having those experiences along with the continuous support of the department faculty and staff, she believed she was well equipped to start her career in retailing. She began her career in Planning and Allocation where she handled all assortment planning and allocation for a women’s leathers business. Today, she is a member of the buying team for Women’s Activewear at JC Penney, which has become their divisions’ largest growth area.

Sydney Matiacio
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2012

Since graduating, Sidney joined the TMI Hospitality team, first in the South Texas region, and currently she is a General Manager in the Houston, TX area.

Julia O’Rourke
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2012

Prior to graduation, Julia worked as an Eagle Ambassador for UNT, interned at PepsiCo, served as President of Eta Sigm Delta, and continued with marketing aspirations after graduation. Since graduation, Julia has helped companies such as Del Taco LLC, Integrity Materials, Hyatt Hotels, and Nestle Skin Health. Julia is continuing her education at Franklin University and working towards a M.S. in Marketing and Communications while working full time. As a Community Manager at Nestle Skin Health, Julia is exposed to current trends in Digital Marketing and has the opportunity to travel the globe learning best practices. Looking back, Julia loved Chef Duryea’s food preparation course the most and the Beverage Survey course. Julia achieved Level 1 and 2 Certifications from the International Sommelier Guild. Her favorite thing about UNT: Her lifelong friends that are fellow UNT Eagles!

James Seifert
B.S. in Merchandising, 2012

During his academic career, Jimmy was Treasurer of Merchandising Inc., a member of CMHT Ambassadors, member of NRFSA, and attended the 2012 NRF Big Show. The summer before he graduated, he was a Planning Intern with Tuesday Morning and continued his role there until graduation. After graduating, he accepted a Merchandise Distributor position with Fossil Group, where he was later promoted to a Planning position. Currently, Jimmy is with The Container Store as an Inventory Planning and Allocation Manager for the Office and Collections Departments.

Gaylen Tasker
B.S. in Merchandising, 2012

Upon her arrival to the University of North Texas, Gaylen immediately took an interest in the unique atmosphere that Denton has and enjoyed being in the surroundings of intellectuals from all parts of the world. During her last year of studying, Gaylen decided to study abroad in Florence, Italy where she has been living ever since. She did an internship with Scuola del Cuoio and after completing the internship and graduating, she was offered a job and continued working for the company as a Collaborator. For her past four years in Florence, she has not only grown within the company but has also developed personally through her appreciation of art, fashion, and the European lifestyle. Her current role as a Collaborator involves public relations, online communications. Recently she accepted the responsibility of producing and maintaining the website and online shop for the Scuola del Cuoio. She looks forward to continuing her time in Europe and is focusing on experiencing the diverse cultures of the area.

Jennifer Vaquiz
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2012

During her time at UNT, Jennifer received a scholarship from the CMHT department and was a part of the President’s List of 2011. After graduating with her Bachelor’s in Hospitality Management, she briefly worked for Gaylord Entertainment as a Concierge Agent before accepting her new position with EnVoy Airlines. Jennifer currently works for EnVoy Airlines as a Crew Scheduler for the Fort Worth, TX area and also has worked in several other areas of the hospitality industry.

Sarah Harris
B.S. in Merchandising, 2012

Sara is now a showroom manager for Jennifer Rush Kids at the Dallas Market Center and also a licensed Real Estate Agent at Regal Realtors in Rockwall. 

Nicole Torres
B.S. in Merchandising, 2012

She is now working with full time with an Irving based Technology company called Solaris Technologies as their Marketing Lead. It has been a great position to hold and gain experience in, as marketing lead she does forecasting, budgeting, product promotions, customer relationship management and so much more. 

On the side, she started her own online fashion jewelry boutique www.socialrugu.com. It has been a fun adventure getting her back into the fashion industry that she loves so much. She has had to work on website design, sales, product promotions, social media engagement, customer retention, vendor events, bridal expos, personal styling, e-commerce, and so much more. She has used so many aspects of my UNT degree to grow her business, it has been a real exciting and challenging adventure!

Nicole Marie Williams (Corts)
B.S. in Merchandising, 2007; M.S. in Merchandising, 2012

Immediately after college, she briefly worked retail in the children's department for JC Penney at the Parks Mall in Arlington, TX. In February 2008, she started as an assistant buyer for Dillard's E-Commerce. In 2010, she was promoted to buyer. she currently buys jewelry, watches, sunglasses, tech and accessories for Dillards.com and has been the accessories buyer for the past 6 years. Jewelry is my real passion and a real delight to buy everyday. She attends market in NYC 4-6 times a year in addition to watch market at Fossil Headquarters in Richardson, TX. 

Nicole has been married a little over a year and currently resides in Keller, TX with her husband. 

Colin Brown
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2011

While enrolled in school, Colin was also actively involved in intramural sports and the Asian Student Association. After graduating, he worked for Clampitt Paper Company and Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions where he functioned as the coordinator for all project managers planning and selling equipment. In the summer of, 2015 , he accepted a new position as the Customer Development Manager for Pepsico in the San Antonio area of Texas.

Ran Huang
M.S. in Merchandising, 2011

Through Ran Huang’s two-year graduate study in Merchandising at the University of North Texas, she captured and developed her research interests in digital retailing. While attending the graduate program, she was committed to diverse learning opportunities about consumer experience management and multi-channel retailing. Hands-on experiences in professional meetings such as Shop.org summit, field work in the retailing industry, and lectures from professors engaged and developed her interest and capacity. Studying merchandising has instilled in her a deep interest in digital retailing as well as a desire to learn how the online shopping environment can increase customers’ engagement. Completing the graduate thesis on social capital and virtual engagement in China’s social media, participating in professional competitions of innovation challenge about smart-phone application creation and her UNT graduate classes instilled a desire for more education. Ran is pursuing a doctoral degree at U. of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Da'Shira Jackson
B.S. in Merchandising, 2011

While attending UNT, Da'Shira participated in student organizations such GFORCE and Merchandising Inc., where she served as the activities coordinator during the 2010 school year. After graduating, pursued a career at The Hanger Project, a luxury garment care retailer that dominates the shoe care and hanger business, where she is the Merchandising and Operations Manager. She is responsible for daily management of the website and day-to-day operations. In, 2015 , she completed a M. S. degree in Information Design and Technology from SUNY Polytechnic University. She plans to teach continuing education courses to help small business owners create a social media presence.

Phylicia Jasper
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2011

Phylicia was an RA for five semesters at UNT’s Clark Hall and says it was one of the best experiences she had due to the great people she met and the relationships she built. She also was inducted into the Eta Sigma Delta and Sigma Alpha Lambda honors societies and was a National Residence Hall honoree. After graduation, she worked at the Hilton hotels as a Front Desk Agent for a year, then moved to a Marriott where she became a Supervisor. She earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Change Management from Colorado State University. In May of, 2014 , Phylicia became an Event Manager, but was soon promoted to a Senior Event Manager while working Aimbridge Hospitality.

Maranatha Lee
B.S. & M.S. in Merchandising, 2011

Maranatha earned both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Merchandising at UNT, and also completed a Graduate Certificate in Event Management. During her time at UNT she was an active member of Merchandising Inc. and was on the Academic President’s List in 2009. Maranatha has had amazing opportunities while interning in New York City and the Dallas area for companies like Tommy Hilfiger, Kohl’s, Michele Marie PR, Bollare Communications, InStyle Magazine, and People’s Revolution. Maranatha is a Merchandise Assistant at J.C. Penney, Inc. after completing the Assistant Buyer Training program.

Veronica Mendes
B.S. Hospitality Management, 2011

In addition to her degree, Veronica also earned a Teaching Certificate and an ESL Certificate. During her time at UNT she volunteered as summer staff for YoungLife that attracted 700 campers. After graduation, she worked for several years as the Banquet Coordinator for the Omni Hotels & Resort in Dallas, TX before changing careers to teach as an 8th grade ELAR/Coach at Lady Bird Johnson Middle School where she specializes in working with students who are dyslexic.

Nuz Moreshed
B.S. in Merchandising, 2011

Nuz was a member of both Merchandising Inc. and MODA. After graduating, she became a production and styling assistant with the well-known Jan Strimple Productions. After working in New York City as an assistant to the Creative Director at Ralph Lauren and as a Freelance Styling Assistant with various talent and advertising agencies, she made her way back to Texas to be the Shop Manager of a Michael Kors store in the DFW area. She currently is the Selling Manager at North Park’s Victoria’s Secret.

Christopher Passafiume
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2011

While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Christopher interned in the food and beverage department at the Tower Club of Dallas where he combined his education with hands-on training. After graduation he continued his career in the hospitality industry with Mortgage Contracting Services as an Asset Preservation Coordinator then later moved to the healthcare giant Cigna as a Group Claims Manager in their Plano, TX location. In 2012 he made the decision to pursue an MBA at UT-Dallas and recently completed the program. He currently lives and works in Birmingham, AL as an Accounting & Operations Analyst for Protective Life.

Jessica Pittman
B.S. in Digital Retailing, 2011 & M.S. in Merchandising, 2012

During her time at UNT, Jessica was a member of the NRF organization along with Merchandising Inc. and worked in the Division of Advancement office. Jessica enhanced her educational experience by participating in the New York Study tour in 2010 where she learned from business executives and designers in the fashion industry. After receiving both her Bachelor’s and Master’ degrees, she began her career with The Apparel Group as a Marketing Coordinator then as an E-Commerce Specialist where she used her educational background in digital retailing to succeed in these positions. Jessica has worked in several other social media management positions and currently works as the Digital Marketing Manager in Social Media for DR Horton in the DFW area.

Larissa (Kitley) Reeve
M.S. in Hospitality Management, 2011

Larissa Kitley Reeve began employment in the hospitality industry as a Front Desk Agent at the Hilton Garden Inn Lewisville, while working on her graduate degree in Hospitality Management at the University of North Texas. Shortly after her May 2011 graduation, Larissa accepted a position as a Front Desk Supervisor at the Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center. Larissa's talents were recognized, and she expressed interests in other departments. A little over a year after she joined the Marriott team, she was promoted to Event Coordinator in the Events Department at the hotel. In this role, she assisted the event managers and assumed duties for small group meetings, room blocks, and even coordinated her first wedding. While Larissa enjoyed her time in Events, she had other interests to pursue. In July, 2014 , she moved to her current role as the Catering Sales Executive at the Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center. Shortly before this promotion, she became engaged to Patrick Reeve. Larissa and Patrick will celebrate their first anniversary this year on April 18th.

Megan Rose
B.S. in Merchandising, 2011

Megan was an active member of Zeta Tau Alpha and was a Cheerleader for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club. She interned with ISAIA in New York where she assisted with marketing and planning special events, was the liaison to their Italian offices and assisted the sales team with market presentations and order entry. After graduating, she decided to move to New York to start her career with The Jones Group as a Product Development Coordinator for their Nine West brand. After nearly two years with the company, she moved to Global Brands Group as an Associate Product Developer with responsibility for pricing for off-price and private label accounts. She is still in the Greater NYC area and currently is working for Macy’s as a Pricing Manager where she analyzes sales for all stores in the zones she covers and works with buyers to prepare seasonal business strategies.

Hillary Stark
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2011

Upon graduating with her B.S. degree, she completed an MBA at the University of Missouri in, 2013. During her work experience, she was in management roles with 801 Restaurant Groups and Standing Dog Interactive. Recently, she served as an adjunct lecturer for the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism when she taught two undergraduate marketing courses with an emphasis on the current digital marketing trends seen within the hospitality industry. She is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Information Science at UNT where her focus is on digital consumer behavior involving big data and algorithms and is expected to graduate in May of 2019.

Cody Vaughan Sharp
B.S. in Merchandising & Digital Retailing, 2011

Cody Vaughan Sharp double majored in Merchandising and Digital Retailing and minored in Business Foundations. He also earned a certificate in Internet Marketing and worked as a Student Services Representative for the University. After graduation, he started his career with Globe Runner SEO as the SEO Team Lead, helping businesses form their internet presence. His main area of concentration is Search Engine Marketing, which tends to overlap with UX, Social Media Marketing, and Web Development. Cody believes his education and experience, combined with his creative spirit are propelling him to be an industry leader in Digital Marketing. Currently, he is working with Pier 1 Imports as an eCommerce Site Content Specialist where he works closely with Content Managers, Buyers and Site Merchants to plan and execute strategic content that supports the Pier1 Omni-channel vision while addressing the needs of individual markets.

Westly White
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2011

Shortly after graduating, Westly began a career with the Dominion Golf Group as the Assistant Service Director at Lantana Golf Club in Lantana, Texas. Within a year he was promoted to Service Director at another Dominion Club, Bridlewood Golf Club in Flower Mound, Texas. While at Bridlewood, he developed and instituted a service training program that is now in use at all six Dominion Clubs throughout Texas. He then returned to Lantana as Service Director in November of, 2013, where he remained until August of, 2014 . Having built a reputation for revitalizing failing Food & Beverage operations, he was relocated to Austin, Texas to assume the position of Operations Manager at the historic Onion Creek Club in South Austin, birthplace of the Senior PGA Tour. Westly currently lives in Buda, Texas with his wife Ashton.

Kelly Williammee
B.S. in Hospitality Administration/Management, 2011

Kelly was involved with several organizations during her time at UNT including the Club Managers Association of America, CMHT Ambassadors, and Chi Omega. While pursuing her studies, she had multiple jobs in the hospitality industry that helped add to her work experience. Upon graduating, she worked as the Corporate Sales Manager of the Embassy Suites Dallas Market Center. In that position, she focused on sales related to group rooms of 10 or more and determined discount rates based on ADR, revenue, and month-to-end reports. Her current role as the Senior Sales Manager of the Hotel Indigo has been a great way to combine her educational background in hospitality and previous work experience to provide the best customer service at their exciting downtown Dallas location.

Ashley Williams
B.S. in Hospitality Administration/Management, 2011

She has been working in hospitality management since her graduation and currently is the Assistant General Manager at the Hilton Garden Inn of Granbury, Texas where she manages the day-to-day operations of the hotel.

Jennifer Xeykaothao
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2011

During her time at UNT, Jennifer worked for several hospitality companies, which allowed her to grow her background in the industry and apply what she had been learning at school. Her current role as a Talent Acquisition Specialist for AMN Healthcare requires her to apply skills such as recruiting, career coaching, and talent development.

Karlandrea Bennett
B.S. in Merchandising, 2011

Currently employed at Wal-Mart as the Assistant Store Manager. Also, currently enrolled in the Master’s Degree in Human Resources concentration in generalist.

Rachele (Dudley) Kent
B.S. in Hospitality, 2011

She is working for American Airlines as a Corporate Event Planner for the Meetings & Events Team. She has been in the event industry since graduating from the Hospitality program in December of 2011. As an event planner for American Airlines, she plans events such as department meetings, client facing sales events and leadership conferences. The Meetings & Events Team is responsible for an average of 200 events per year. Her father is also a Captain on the 787-Dreamliner for American Airlines and has volunteered at her events as uniformed crew.

Tracy Repko-Kuboff
M.S. in Merchandising, 2011

She graduated from University of North Texas in 2011, in which she earned a Master of Science in Merchandising. She has been teaching at Youngstown State University in the Human Ecology department for 10 years now as an Adjunct Instructor.  She teaches various merchandising classes to undergraduate students pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Merchandising: Fashion & Interiors.  While teaching part-time at the university, she also worked full-time at Justice (just for girls), in retail management.  Sixteen years ago, she was lucky to land a job with Limited Too/Justice right out of college to become an Assistant Manager, after a few short years, she become a Store Manager, and eventually a District Manager.  Just recently, she made the decision to leave retail management to devote more time to the university; by teaching more classes and mentoring students one-on-one in achieving their goals. 

Nicole Beatty
B.S. in Merchandising, 2010

I'm so glad to have attended the New York Study Tour my junior year because the connections I made while in New York are what helped me land a summer 2010 internship at Harper's BAZAAR magazine for my last semester at UNT.

Following completion of that internship, I went on to work for Gilt.com where I was able to utilize the skills I learned while completing my Fashion Merchandising major and Journalism minor.

In 2012, I was recruited to return to Harper's BAZAAR, where I was a launch team member for ShopBAZAAR.com, their eCommerce offering. In the 3.5 years I spent working full-time at BAZAAR I helped launch and project manage an eCommerce site, art direct and produce photo and video shoots, as well as spearhead nationwide events and integrated marketing campaigns.

I've recently returned to Dallas where I've spent the last 5 months working with local fashion and commerce clients, that include Highland Park Village shopping center, as a Digital, PR and Events Consultant.

Watson Baldwin
M.S. in Hospitality Management, 2010

Chef Watson Baldwin earned his Doctorate in Hotel and Tourism Management in 2016 from the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and is an instructor there. His courses focus on the Food and Beverage Department. He also serves as an educational consultant dealing in Hotel Management, Food & Beverage, and Culinary education; specializing in Food and Beverage Programs in schools and colleges in Mainland China and restaurants in Hong Kong.

Emily Boykin
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2010

Emily Boykin, CMP, is currently a Meeting Planner for Onyx Meetings and Events in Overland Park, Kansas. She has seen great success planning and executing events since her career began in 2010. She's also worked in events at the Hyatt Regency Dulles in the Washington, D.C. metro, the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Texas, and J.Hilburn Men's Clothier. She began her work in events during college as the Student Assistant to the Director of Events for the Office of the President at the University of North Texas. Emily received an Official State of Texas Resolution from State Representative Betty Brown and was named the Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year by Greater Texas Community Partners in 2008 for her work with non-profit event management. She received a CMP scholarship from the Timothy S Y Lam Foundation in, 2015 . She was also published in the Corporate and Travel Incentives magazine in 2016.

Crystal Glaser
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2010

Crystal Glaser is a graduate of the Hospitality Management program with over 10 years of customer service experience and three years in Restaurant Real Estate Evaluation and Special Projects Management. She graduated from UNT in 2010 and currently resides in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Crystal enjoys working in a fast paced and challenging environment to apply professional strengths and contribute to an organization’s goals and objectives.

Tarah Kreis
B.S. in Merchandising and Home Furnishings Merchandising, 2010

Tarah was a member of the SMHM Student Ambassadors and the Golden Key Honor Society while she attended UNT. Prior to graduating in 2010 she interned in the Product Development department with Arteriors Home where she was responsible for managing samples, keeping product information up to date for sales reps among many other responsibilities. Once she graduated, she was an E-commerce assistant buyer with Dillard’s in their Home Department and Children’s Department. After a few years of working with Dillard’s she was recruited to JCPenney as an E-Commerce Assistant Buyer in the Home Décor Department and is currently their Enterprise Assistant Buyer for Upholstered Furniture.

Merrilee Moore
B.S. in Hospitality Administration & Management, 2010

Merrilee describes herself as a passionate hospitality professional who has experience in guests’ services, food and beverage, retail services management, and resort events management. While pursuing her degree she worked as a night Auditor for the Great Wolf Lodge and continued to work with them after attaining her degree. Previously, she was the Manager of Brand Experience and Special Events for several years which included planning and executing all events for 2000+ guests for all holidays. Her responsibilities included forecasting accurate trends based on fluctuating occupancy due to a mix of leisure and business travelers. She recently was promoted to Employee Relations Manager, where she hopes to apply her educational background and previous work experience to achieve even high levels of success.

Stephanie Perez
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2010

After graduating with her degree, Stephanie began working as an Administrative Assistant with the Baylor Health Care System in Garland, TX. Through her time in the hospitality industry she’s gained a diverse work background with experience in Human Resources, Process Improvement, Hospitality Management, Customer Service, and Accounting. She is still with the Baylor Health Care System as a Human Resources Assistant where she oversees the onboarding process and orientation of new hires and transfers and assists in other departmental special projects. Stephanie looks forward to continuing her education and developing valuable skills that will assist in her advancement in the business environment and hospitality industry.

Rachel Phair
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2010

Before graduating, Rachel completed an internship with Kimpton hotels where she focused on management aspects of hotels and restaurants. After receiving her degree, she began the Manager-In-Development program in the Food and Beverage department for the Omni hotel in Ft. Worth, TX. She also worked as an Assistant General Manager at Gaylord Entertainment. Currently, she is Manager at Fearing’s in The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in Dallas, TX.

Michael Rodriguez
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2010

During his time in Denton, Michael was involved with the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality and was an active member of the International Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta on campus. As his required internship, he worked at the Omni in San Antonio where he created and designed an e-mail marketing campaign to bring in new customers from the Northern Mexico region. He is with the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in Orlando, Florida after having started in their Dallas location as a Manager. Michael has accumulated experience in hospitality and hotel/restaurant operations, including supervisory & leadership positions.

Shayla Truesdell
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2010

While pursuing her degree, Shayla worked her way through college as a property manager with the Richdale Group. The combination of a solid academic program and real world experience helped launch her career and rapid advancement in the hospitality industry. Shayla began her career as an intern at the W Hotel in downtown Dallas. While completing her internship, she was recruited into a Leadership in Development position with the Omni Mandalay Hotel. Omni later promoted her to accounting manager, relocating her to St. Louis, Missouri and was later promoted to the Junior Financial Analyst at the corporate office in Dallas. While attending UNT, she completed a number of classes that developed her further understanding of restaurant operations and business analysis. She recalls one Facilities Design class in particular with Dr. Lisa Kennon that culminated in a restaurant design project. This assignment provided her with the knowledge and experience needed to successfully design the Tea2Go franchise location in Coppell, Texas, which opened in, 2015 . Shayla Truesdell is currently a Corporate Financial Analyst for Omni Hotels & Resorts.

Rochelle Elliott
B.S in Merchandising, 2010

Rochelle Elliott is currently a Campus Recruiter at Target. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she completed an Executive Internship at Target and gained some valuable leadership experience. Upon graduation she joined the Target team as an Executive Team Leader (assistant manager) in Frisco, TX. After her first assignment, she moved to Flower Mound, TX and became the Human Resources Executive where she quickly found her passion for people and development. Rochelle currently recruits recent college graduates and intern candidates for store and distribution opportunities in the Texas market. During her time at UNT she participated in Merchandising Inc. and went on the New York Study Tour.


Kimmi Gibbs
B.S. in Merchandising, 2010

After college at UNT and her internship in NYC, she spent 5 years in Florida designing and merchandising retail stores across the U.S and Canada, as well as producing photoshoots for marketing and video content. She just recently made the move to Seattle where she works in the city as a Producer for PBJS experiential agency. Producing content to be played live at events for clients such as Microsoft, PayPal, and Ebay. 

Photo & Video Production was not something she ever thought she would end up doing! But she absolutely loves it, and in the fashion and business world - it's definitely a fun experience to have - if you're interested in project management and traveling. 

LaDacher "Dai" Jackson
M.S. in Merchandising, 2010

She is now an Assistant Principal at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton, Texas. She is also pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership Organizational Development and is currently working on her dissertation. Graduation is just around the corner. Although she moved in a different direction, she still uses the skills learned during her merchandising studies every day. Schools are businesses with stakeholders, budgets and a very valuable product. She is grateful to the professors at UNT for helping mold her into the scholar and leader she has become. She is forever an Eagle.


Kyle Ruch
B.S. in Hospitality Management, 2010

Kyle has been at Bent Tree Country Club in North Dallas for the past 3 years as Assistant General Manager. Previously he worked at Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, AZ, Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, OK as well as Dallas Country Club in Dallas, TX.