Rocco Angelo Legacy In Leadership Campaign

Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management Launches the Rocco Angelo Legacy in Leadership Campaign

New Endowment Will Honor Contributions of Industry Legend Ensuring They Endure

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Florida International University’s prestigious Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management is reaching out to its global alumni base to support the Rocco Angelo Legacy in Leadership Campaign The new fundraising campaign was created to recognize the contributions and ensure the legacy of the university’s beloved and admired teacher, mentor and friend, Rocco Angelo, acting Associate Dean for Alumni Relations at the Chaplin School. Still active after six decades of service to the hospitality industry, Mr. Angelo’s exceptional achievements will be honored through an endowment fund that will make certain his legacy endures, benefiting FIU students of the future. The funds raised will provide scholarships, recruitment initiatives to attract the best and brightest students, alumni engagement efforts, mentoring programs, career services, and student enrichment opportunities. 

L to R:   -John McKibbon, ’75, Chaplin School’s Dean’s Advisory Council member and Chairman of McKibbon Hotel Group, McKibbon Hotel Management and M3 Accounting + Analytics -Lee Pillsbury, Co-Founder, Thayer Group and Senior Advisor, Brookfield Asset Management -Burt Cabañas ’76, Chair Emeritus, Dean’s Advisory Council and Founder and Chairman, Benchmark Hospitality International -Mike Hampton, Dean, FIU Chaplin School -Rocco Angelo, Associate Dean for Alumni Relations, FIU Chaplin School -Jay Litt ’74, Dean’s Advisory Council member and Executive Vice President, Waramaug Hospitality -Mark B. Rosenberg, President, FIU -Ken Furton, Provost, FIU

L to R: -John McKibbon, ’75, Chaplin School’s Dean’s Advisory Council member and Chairman of McKibbon Hotel Group, McKibbon Hotel Management and M3 Accounting + Analytics -Lee Pillsbury, Co-Founder, Thayer Group and Senior Advisor, Brookfield Asset Management -Burt Cabañas ’76, Chair Emeritus, Dean’s Advisory Council and Founder and Chairman, Benchmark Hospitality International -Mike Hampton, Dean, FIU Chaplin School -Rocco Angelo, Associate Dean for Alumni Relations, FIU Chaplin School -Jay Litt ’74, Dean’s Advisory Council member and Executive Vice President, Waramaug Hospitality -Mark B. Rosenberg, President, FIU -Ken Furton, Provost, FIU

Several prominent alumni of the Chaplin School have already contributed seed money to launch the effort, with alumni John McKibbon ’75, Chairman, McKibbon HospitalityBurt Cabañas ‘76, Founder and Chairman, Benchmark Hospitality International; and Eric Pfeffer’77, Founder and President, The Pfeffer Group, contributing $25,000 each. 

 “A legend in the hospitality industry, Rocco Angelo has personally led more than 15,000 students and alumni on their academic and professional paths to success,” says FIU alumnus Burt Cabañas, Chair Emeritus, Chaplin School’s Dean’s Advisory Council. 

A visionary leader and a gifted teacher, Rocco Angelo’s achievements span the globe, teaching and consulting in North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Middle East and Europe. As co-author of Hospitality Today: An Introduction, he saw his textbook, now in its eighth edition, used in colleges and universities across the United States. His efforts were rewarded with numerous accolades, including the prestigious Statler Foundation Professorship in 1993.  

But it is his legacy as a teacher and mentor that inspires and informs. FIU recently launched a campaign page online containing video testimonials and numerous quotations from industry leaders who benefited from Rocco Angelo’s knowledge, experience, wisdom and his deep commitment to his students. 

To learn more, visit the Chaplin School’s campaign page. To give online, visit the Give Online Now page and select the Rocco Angelo Legacy in Leadership Endowment Campaign as your designation.   

For more information, contact: Simone Champagnie, Executive Director, Development, FIU, snchampa@fiu.edu, 305.919.4810



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