B.S. in Hospitality Management

Advisory Board

Libbi Alcorn

CEO
Luxe Event Productions, LLD

PO Box 969
LaPorte, CO 80535
events@luxeeventproductions.com

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Kindra Bielefeld

Quality Inn & Suites
4001 S. Mason Street
Fort Collins, CO, 80525
kvogel@timberlinehotels.com

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Hannah Brennan

Hannah Brennan

Senior Event Manager
Renaissance Hotels
3801 Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80207
Hannah.brennan@renaissancehotels.com

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Hannah is a CSU Alumni who graduated from the Hospitality Management program in December 2011. She is currently the Senior Event Manager at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton. She has been in the hotel industry for 5+ years and hospitality for 12+ years. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé, family, Running Half Marathons, Reading, Traveling, and cuddling with her fur babies, Tank (Bull Terrier) and Oso (Great Dane). Hannah is looking forward to being a part of this great committee and getting to know all of you!

Mark Chaffee

Mark Chaffee

Owner and Innkeeper
Berthoud Inn & Events
444 1st Street
Berthoud, CO 80513
berthoudinn@q.com

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Jeremy Edmonds

Jeremy Edmonds

Manager, Talent Acquisition Programs
Vail Resorts Management Company
390 Interlocken Crescent
Broomfield, CO 80021-8056
jedmonds@vailresorts.com

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Tiffany Jassel

Regional Director of Operations and Talent Development
Vista Host Hotel Development and Management
10370 Richmond Ave #150,
Houston, TX 77042
tjassel@vistahost.net

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Brian Lenfestey

Brian Lenfestey

General Manager
Renaissance Denver Stapleton
3801 Quebec Street
Denver, Co 80207
Brian.Lenfestey@renaissancehotels.com

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Brian grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI with a Culinary and Food Service Management Degree. He moved to Denver to work with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. He worked at the Grand Hyatt Denver and Hyatt Regency Tech Center for over 5 years in banquets, stewarding and event management. He then joined the franchise Marriott Denver South and was promoted to director of catering. He was transferred to the Boulder Marriott as the Director of Sales & Marketing. After 18 months, he was promoted to the Renaissance Broomfield as the Director of Sales & Marketing and after 2 years in that position, he was promoted back to the Marriott Denver South as Director of Operations. After successfully working at the interim GM, he was promoted to General Manager where he stayed for just over 8 years. In November 2015, he joined Brighton Management as the General Manager of the Renaissance Denver Stapleton. He has been working in hospitality for over 22 years and has a passion for people and the hospitality industry.

Chelsey Nickel

Chelsey Nickel

Sales Manager
Westin Denver International Airport
8300 Pena Blvd.
Denver, CO 80249
Chelsey.nickel@westing.com

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Sarah Nilstoft

Sarah Nilstoft

HR Generalist
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
149 W. Mountain Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
sarahj@riograndemexican.com

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Jason Ornstein

Jason Ornstein

President
Team Player Productions
1539 Platte St
Denver, CO 80202
jason@tppevents.com

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A proud alumni of Colorado State University, (Go Rams!) Jason has over 20 years of event production experience. After a dispute with his boss and consequently showed the door for not being a ‘Team Player,’ Jason was inspired to start his own business and fittingly called it: Team Player Productions. “When life throws you a curve ball, hit a homerun!” When not at TPP, Jason enjoys coaching and cheering on his two girls while they ski race, play soccer, softball, and whatever else makes them smile. Jason can also be found keeping up with his wife while skiing, mtn. biking, running, cooking and drinking great wine. He is sure you can come up with your own trifecta of life’s little gems, but it might be hard to top these: 1) A hole in one 2) Completing an Ironman 3) Forgoing the trip to the hospital and delivering his second child unexpectedly at home with his faithful dog Rhetta assisting…of course his wife did all of the hard work! A little known fact about Jason is his desire to compete on the cooking show “Chopped”. He can repurpose leftover mac & cheese and jawbreakers with the best of them.

Ben Peart

Ben Peart

On Premise Sales Representative
Republic National Distributing CO.
806 Shire Ct.
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Ben.peart@rndc-use.com

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Deb Ryan

General Manager and Managing Partner
Snooze An A.M Eatery
144 W. Mountain Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524
deb@snoozeeatery.com

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Zach Sennett

Zach Sennett

Senior Hospitality Operations Manager
Inspirato
1637 Wazee St. #400
Denver, CO 80202
zsennett@inspirato.com

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Zach’s hospitality career began over 20 years ago when he took his first hotel position, that of Bellman, while completing his degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder. It was the beginning of a journey that exposed him to a myriad of different hospitality atmospheres and clientele. He has been fortunate to work in every aspect of hospitality and for renowned operators, including White Lodging, Sage Hospitality, and Inspirato. Over the years, he has contributed operationally to private hotels, boutique hotels, small, medium and large scale, full service convention hotels, extended stay hotels, a luxury guest ranch, and now, a luxury destination club. Each of these experiences has come with unique aesthetics and nuances that have formed his leadership style. He is driven by challenges and opportunities to maximize on the two most important aspects of hospitality; profitability and service.

Michael Sheehan

Senior Event Director
Embassy Suites
4705 Clydesdale Parkway
Loveland, CO 80538
michael.sheehan@jqh.com

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Keller Taylor

Keller Taylor

General Manager
Budweiser Events Center
5290 Arena Circle
Loveland, CO 80538
Keller_Taylor@comcastspectacor.com

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Keller has lead the team at the Budweiser Events Center as General Manager since April 2016. Prior to arriving in Colorado, he lead a $8M renovation and $18M new construction project as the General Manager at the Central National Bank Center in Enid, Oklahoma, a Spectra by Comcast Spectacor managed facility, which includes a 53,000 sq. ft. convention center and 3,800 seat arena. Prior to Enid, Keller was the Director of Event Operations and part of a team that opened the 6,800 seat HEB Center at Cedar Park near Austin, Texas. Keller also has experience working within the University of South Carolina Athletics Department as well as the Ohio University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Keller is from the Columbia, SC area and attended the University of South Carolina receiving his BBA in 2006 and completed a dual degree program at Ohio University in 2008 and 2009 receiving an MBA and MSA (Master of Sports Admin and Facility Management).

Steve Taylor

CEO Hot Corner Concepts
109 North College Ste. 220
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Steve@hotcornerconcepts.com

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