The many career paths available in the hospitality industry

I graduated from Tecumseh High School, in Tecumseh, Michigan in 2011. I was in the ProStart program at the LISD TECH Center in the 2009-2010, and 2010-2011 school years, and competed in the culinary competition at both state and national levels both of those school years. I started working for Americrown Catering Service through International Speedway Corporation at Michigan International Speedway during the summer of 2010. I started out as a prep cook, and worked my way up to being a lead chef. I worked during the NASCAR race weekends as well as during other events that were held at Michigan International Speedway throughout the year.

I graduated from Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, with a bachelor of science in Hospitality and Tourism Management and a minor in Marketing in May 2015. I currently work for Michigan International Speedway as the Consumer Marketing Coordinator. The Speedway is a part of the International Speedway Corporation, based in Daytona, Florida. Part of my job is monitoring social media, sending e-newsletters, promo emails, assisting with driver appearances, and assisting with the PA Announcements, scoreboard, and our digital sign. ÊIn the future I plan on staying within the hospitality and tourism industry in the marketing department and moving up in the company I currently work for (MIS/ ISC).

For people who are interested in getting into this industry, it is important to explore all of the paths that you are able to go into. I had no clue how many opportunities there are, whether you want to be a chef, event coordinator, consumer marketing coordinator, etc. I highly advise students to get enrolled in a ProStart program starting in high school, as it allows you to learn leadership, teamwork and organizational skills.

I am proud to work within this industry because I like seeing people happy when you go above and beyond to handle their requests.

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