22 Mar

Ferris State University Announces Conference on Human Trafficking Awareness

(BIG RAPIDS, Mich)—The Ferris State University Coalition Against Slavery and the Professional Convention Management Association Student Organization are holding a two-day public Conference on Human Trafficking Awareness, April 5-6, at the FSU University Center, located at 805 Campus Drive, Big Rapids, Michigan. Parking is available in Lot #1.

Human trafficking continues to be a growing problem in Michigan. In 2016, 246 human trafficking cases were reported from Michigan alone. The National Human Trafficking Hotline saw a 37.5% increase in calls in 2016.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s statistics on human trafficking, “children are especially vulnerable: 40% of human trafficking cases involve the sexual exploitation of a child. Between 100,000 and 300,000 children are at risk for sexual exploitation in the U.S. with an average age of 11 to 14 years old. It is estimated that 76% of transactions for sex with underage girls start on the Internet.”

Day one will be held on Wednesday, April 5 in the University Center Ballroom from 7:00pm-9:30pm. It will include a presentation given by Jason Otting and the Women in Cyber Security Student Organization titled “Fighting for the Silenced: How Cyber Security Can Curb Human Trafficking.” The evening will conclude with a screening of The Long Night by Tim Matsui and Media Storm Productions.

Day two will be held on Thursday, April 6 in the University Center from 9:00am-4:00pm. For a small fee ($15 for students; $30 for non-students), registrants will attend breakout sessions, enjoy a catered lunch and participate in a panel discussion with guest speakers including: Carmen Kucinich, FBI Victim Specialist; Nikeidra Battle-Debarge, Wedgewood’s Manasseh Project Coordinator; and Jane White, Chair of the Michigan State Human Trafficking Task Force.

Attendees are welcome to register for one or both days and will learn more about the definition of ‘trafficking,’ lures, signs of exploitation, and root causes, the trauma experienced by a person who has been exploited, and tips for keeping family and friends safe through cyber security.

Pre-registration is required at http://fsuhospitality.wixsite.com/fsucas. Registration will close on Monday, April 3 at 11:59pm.

Anyone with a disability who needs special accommodations to attend this event, or those who would
like information about Continuing Education Units, should contact Karyn M. Kiio at karynkiio@ferris.edu or (231) 591-2382.

13 Feb

Kent County Hospitality Association Elects 2017 Board

(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich) – The Kent County Hospitality Association (KCHA) voted in its 2017 Executive Board of Directors at its annual meeting on January 19 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids.
The executive board includes:

  • Katrina Peterson, General Manager of the Residence Inn Grand Rapids Airport was elected as President
  • Jenifer Cutter, General Manager of the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown was elected as Vice President
  • Norina Cadili, Director of Rooms at the JW Marriott was elected as Secretary
  • Elijah Steinmetz, General Manager of the Homewood Suites Downtown Grand Rapids was elected as Treasurer

Brian Behler of the JW Marriott will serve in an advisory capacity, as the immediate past president.

Re-established in the summer of 2005, KCHA is a non-profit, membership based organization made up of lodging properties and other hospitality businesses which service and compliment the local tourism industry. The organization meets monthly at hotels and destination properties throughout Kent County and also hosts educational training seminars, social activities and a golf outing fundraiser for its hospitality scholarship program. KCHA is also behind successful partnerships with Experience Grand Rapids and other organizations including the WAVE Awards and Experience Pink.

The mission of the Kent County Hospitality Association is to provide Kent County hospitality related businesses an opportunity to meet professionally with a common interest to better serve our industry and community while furthering the overall tourism landscape of our region.

01 Mar

2016 TIPS Alcohol Certification Training

TIPS Training is available at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids. The cost is $35 per person (includes workbook and 3 year certification). Space is limited to 50 individuals. Download the registration form here

Available Dates:
March 13
May 15
July 10
September 11 (1-5:30pm)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 14 Days Prior to the Class Date
Roger Chu 616.776.6426 | RChu@ahchospitality.com

Michigan now offers TIPS training online (for $40 per person) To register: http://getti.ps/1tGZwgY