Oscar Goodman, Showgirl, Drops in on Hospitality Hero

Merissa Viviano captures prominent award from LVCVA, and a toast from the Happiest Mayor in the world

Business & & Community|May 3, 2017|By Angela Ramsey Previous mayor Oscar Goodman dropped

by campus to award Hotel University student Merissa Viviano the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s 2017 Hospitality Heroes Award.( R. Marsh Starks/ UNLV Creative Solutions)William F. Harrah Hotel University student Merissa Viviano is no complete stranger to

the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Last summer, she was a star intern for the LVCVA’s International Sales Department. But envision Viviano’s surprise– after an uncommon summon to the Dean Stowe Shoemaker’s

office– when she was greeted by previous mayor Oscar Goodman and provided with the LVCVA’s 2017 Hospitality Heroes Award in front of a shimmery audience of Las Vegas showgirls. Having operated in food and drink and gone to college in Florida, Viviano came to UNLV already armed with an associate

‘s degree and a recognized resume. But her desire to stand out in this new and highly competitive college environment triggered her to take on brand-new obstacles, like working as the chapter president for the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International trainee company, participating in the college’s year-long Mentor Program, working as a student manager for UNLVino, and numerous other roles. Not to mention, she did all that while juggling a complete class load and a demanding work schedule as a server at Wolfgang Puck’s Cucina.”Merissa is the hardest-working trainee I have actually ever seen,”stated Bobbie Barnes, director of the college’s Bob Boughner Career Services group.”Through her management, her work ethic, and her enthusiastic desire to find out, she is the meaning of a model student. “The LVCVA Hospitality Hero award is given to students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievements, leadership qualities, and contributions to the hospitality field. It is an honor Viviano will bring proudly into this month’s graduation event and beyond as she releases her career in hospitality sales and marketing with a task

at Mandalay Bay.

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