Vancouver Faculty: MS Hospitality Management Studies
Willy A. Aroca is the Full Time Lecturer and Program Coordinator of International Hotel Management at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Vancouver Campus. Mr. Aroca is also the Program Coordinator of the Hospitality & Tourism Management program at the Vancouver campus.
Mr. Aroca, originally from Cusco, Peru, holds a B.A. in Sociology from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Mr. Aroca also earned a Master of Arts in Tourism Management from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia and was the recipient of Royal Roads University Founder’s Award for leadership, sustainability and personal development.
Mr. Aroca is the Regional Vice President emeritus for Helms Briscoe, a global site selection company based in Scottsdale, Arizona, a position he has held for the past 17 years. He was one of the original founders of the company, an organization that has grown from 14 associates and 1 million in sales in 1994 to 1,200 world-wide associates and annual sales of more than 2 billion dollars in 2011. Mr. Aroca managed a team of 30 professionals in Northern California and played a role in establishing the entrepreneurial and creative aspect of the company.
Mr. Aroca has held the position of Vice Principal and Director of Hospitality Management at Eton College Vancouver for the past five years. He has also held a variety of executive hotel positions over his 25 years in the hotel and travel industry including Director of Sales and Marketing, Food and Beverage Manager and Assistant Controller as well as positions of leadership with Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Sigma Chi Fraternity and various non-profit organizations.
Mr. Aroca plans to continue to use his knowledge of Latin America, Peru in particular, to expand his research on sustainability-focused travel and tourism and the current trends in entrepreneurial, international tourism management. He has been credited for using innovation in the classroom and engaging students in critical thinking in the use of social media. He is currently developing a curriculum in hospitality entrepreneurship.
Prior to his move to Vancouver, Mr. Aroca lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 20 years and is an avid soccer fan, cook, and world traveler. Willy speaks Spanish and English.
Dr. Jarrett Bachman is an Assistant Professor of Hospitality & Tourism Management in the International School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at the Vancouver, Canada campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Dr. Bachman grew up in the Atlanta, Georgia area in the United States. He received his Ph.D. in Tourism Management from Clemson University, and his Master’s in Sport Management, Master of Natural Resource Recreation & Tourism, and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Georgia. He was previously the Lead Faculty in the development of a Bachelor’s program in Sustainable Hospitality Management at California State University in Monterey Bay.
His research interests are in sustainable festival and event tourism/management, coastal tourism, craft beer tourism, hospitality management, and outdoor and recreation-based tourism. His academic research has recently been published in the Journal of Convention & Event Tourism, Event Management, and Ocean & Coastal Management.
Dr. Bachman’s professional experience includes working for the University of Georgia Athletic Association, PGA Tour, Town of Breckenridge (Colorado, USA), and Looking Glass Strategic Research Consultants (LGSRC). As Co-Founder of LGSRC, Dr. Bachman was responsible for coordinating the development and design of market research projects in the tourism industry, specifically mega-events with attendance over 75,000 people. He also serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the leading international event management journal, Event Management: An International Journal.
Dr. Bachman is an avid hiker, Nordic skier, and sports fan. He completed the 2,178 mile Appalachian Trail in five months in 2008 and can be found hiking/skiing the trails in the greater Vancouver area on the weekends or attending a Vancouver Whitecaps soccer match at nearby BC Place.
Hiran Roy is a full-time Lecturer of International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Vancouver campus. Dr. Hiran Roy holds a PhD in Management from University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Before joining to academia he worked extensively (over 26 years) with hospitality business industry as an Executive Chef in different continents. He received his MBA from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Hiran is also a recipient of a New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan Award. He is an independent researcher and a hospitality educator. His research interests are sustainable local food systems and local food marketing in hospitality and tourism industry context. Hiran’s work has been published in a variety of leading academic journals including Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Journal of Destination Marketing and Management. He has also published in book chapters and presented many papers at various international conferences in Australia, Canada, and Europe. He is a member of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE), World Food Travel Association, and Canadian Culinary Federation (CCF).
Hiran speaks English, French, Bengali, Hindi, and several other Indian dialects.
Maloud Shakona is a lecturer of Hospitality & Tourism Management at the International School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at the Vancouver campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. He received his Ph.D. in Tourism Management from Clemson University, and his Masters in International Banking and Finance from the University of Salford, U.K.. and he received his Bachelor of Accounting from The University of Azzawia, Libya. He was previously a lecturer of finance at The University of Azzawia in Libya and an adjunct faculty at Clemson University, U.S.A.
His research areas of interest focus on sustainable tourism development, leisure behavior of ethnic and racial minorities and their leisure constraints. He is also interested in cultural and sports event management and their financial impacts on the local community.
Dr. Shakona’s professional experience includes working as an accountant in multiple commercial companies in Libya. As Marketing and Communication Manager at Osher lifelong learning institute in Clemson SC, U.S.A. and a Restaurant Manager for both fast food and fine dining restaurants in the United States.
Dr. Shakona loves to ride horses, play soccer, volleyball, swim, and listen to music. He is fluent in English and Arabic.
Sandra Louie, Adjunct Faculty, brings 20 years of experience to FDU’s International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management in the areas of: Special Event Management, Food & Beverage Services, Tourism Marketing, Visitor Services, Tourism Careers, and Strategic Planning.
Sandra likes to complement classroom theory with examples from her practical work, board, and committee experiences in Canada at: BC’s Tourism Education & HR Council (now Go2HR), Tourism Vancouver, Destination Canada, BC Restaurant & Foodservices Association, Hostelling International, Travel & Tourism Research Association, BC Tourism Educators Consortium, BC Tourism Human Resource Development Taskforce, Tourism Researchers Industry Validation group, and a number of non-profit charitable organizations.
She holds a Diploma of Tourism Management from Capilano University, a Bachelor of Urban & Regional Planning Degree from Ryerson University, and a Masters of Arts Degree in Tourism Management from Royal Roads University. In addition to her role as Adjunct Faculty at FDU, she has 11 years of experience teaching at the Art Institute of Vancouver, BC Institute of Technology (BCIT), and Eton College in Vancouver.
In her personal time, Sandra enjoys yoga, walking her dog, reading, food (eating AND cooking), mixed media & modern art, crafting, and travelling anywhere, anytime. She has visited 26 countries, and has lived, worked and studied in: Canada (BC, Ontario, Nova Scotia & Quebec), China, Taiwan, and Cyprus. Sandra was born and raised in Vancouver.