Profession: I am the Chief of Business and Recreation at U.S. Army Garrison Brussels.
Current home: I currently live Brussels, Belgium, but Fort Collins will always be what I think of as "home".
Degree(s): B.S. Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism, Concentration in Global Tourism, Minor in Spanish.
Why I do the work I do: I wanted to combine tourism, recreation and business aspects into a career that would also let me "serve those who serve us" [in the military].
When searching for post-graduate career opportunities, I discovered the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Division of the U.S. Army, and knew it would be my future. MWR is the portion of the Army that provides "fun stuff" for Soldiers and their families to participate in in their off-time (i.e. Outdoor Recreation Services, Trips and Tours, Arts and Crafts Programming, Auto Craft Shops and Courses, Food, Beverage and Entertainment, Libraries, Fitness Centers, Special Events, etc.). The U.S. Army has proven to be an outstanding organization to work for as a civilian, and has allowed me so many opportunities to learn, train, travel and lead other civilians.
Profession: Event Marketing Coordinator, Aspen Skiing Company.
Home? Grew up in Delta, CO – now live in Aspen, CO.
Degree? Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism.
Why I do the work I do: This job allows me to be creative, be a leader, be challenged and rewarded, all while working in an industry that I am passionate for.
Describe the type of work you do on a day to day basis: Each person on our team of seven has their own thing going on each day. With our combined efforts, we are able to produce quality events. My responsibilities are to create and distribute each piece of marketing material for every event through out the season. On top of that, I manage three events as well as oversee the volunteer program for ESPN Winter X Games and Aspen Winternational Alpine World Cup. As far as describing what I do on a day to day basis…each day is different as the season moves on. I can tell you this, there is never a day that I don’t have anything to do!
Profession: Park Administrator, New Mexico State Parks, Navajo Lake.
Home? Navajo Dam, NM.
Degree? Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism, Parks and Protected Area Management Concentration (BS), Natural Resource Management (AS).
Why I do the work I do: Nothing beats being able to work in the outdoors, or at least in an office surrounded by it.
Describe the type of work you do on a day to day basis: Greet visitors, provide park(s) information, prepare reports, collect, verify and receipt park revenue, produce purchase documents, bill processing, weekly and monthly reports, and oversee other park office operations.
How did our degree prepare you for your present position? It provided a good sound foundation for park management principles.
Who was an early inspiration for you? My Uncle Mel Herrmann.