Q: I’m close to graduating with a degree in hotel and restaurant management, and my advisor suggested I should be looking at opportunities in Food and Beverage since I want to be a GM of a large scale property. Do you agree?
A: Any large scale hotel GM generally has a background in foods as a part of their resume. With banquet facilities, convention space, and larger food service units, a strong F+B background is a must in larger hotel firms.
When I was with Disney, I worked my way through two large food service operations in the parks before I moved on to hotels. It provided great experience in the areas of cost control, motivation, managing high volumes, and prepped me for working with conventions.