TIM School’s 2015 Spring & Summer Graduation Ceremony

On Friday, May 15, 2015 TIM International, Inc. sponsored the 2015 Spring and Summer TIM Graduation Reception held at the TIM School.  It was a night to remember for the graduates, with family and friends in attendance, as their most memorable moments were shared.  Chelsey Borge was selected as the TIM class speaker giving a heartwarming speech to her fellow peers while thanking all those who helped get them where they are today.  TIM graduates were also fortunate to have keynote speaker and TIM alumnus Mr. Ren Hirose (’85), General Manager of the W Scottsdale Hotel in Arizona. 


Mr. Hirose spoke about how he became successful in the industry and gave the new graduates some valuable advice for their careers.  He talked about humility, hard work, teamwork, and community.  He advised the graduates to learn from their failures; to work hard and take on challenging tasks;  to be willing to collaborate and help your colleagues along the way; and to give back to your alma mater and/or community, which is extremely fulfilling and provides you with networking opportunities.  He also stressed the importance of finding balance, “work hard, play hard”, in order to be effective on your way to the top.


Graduates and guests were treated to a memorable slideshow presentation followed by a reception.  Altogether, there were 68 graduates from TIM for Spring and Summer.  Taylor Roa and Stacie Tamaru were selected as student marshals to represent and lead the TIM graduating class in the UH commencement ceremony.  On behalf of the TIM alumni and School, we would like to congratulate all of the TIM graduates and wish them success in everything that they do!

In April 2015 in Guangzhou, TIM Dean Thomas Bingham and Vice President Wu Jian of South China Normal University signed an agreement that will potentially bring up to 30 students each year into the TIM Master's degree program. The agreement allows SCNU students to transfer to UHM after their junior year, where they will simultaneously complete their bachelors degree and begin the TIM master's program. After five years, these students will have earned both a bachelor's degree from SCNU and a master's degree from TIM.

TIM Alumna Kelly Sheather Receives Marriott's President's Circle Award

The School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) and its alumni association, TIM International, Inc (TIMI) would like to congratulate TIM alumna Kelly Sheather (BS '97) on receiving Marriott's President's Circle Award as the #1 ranked Sales Associate in the position of group sales. She was the only one selected from all the Marriott hotels in Hawaii for this award.


Marriott's President's Circle program recognizes the top Sales, Event Management, and Revenue Management associates that have achieved their annual goals. Associates in this program are ranked at the end of the year.


Kelly has worked in the hotel industry in the sales department for over 15 years traveling all over the world. She started at the Hawaii Prince Hotel then moved on to work for the Illikai, Starwood Waikiki, and is currently at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. She credits her success not only to the on-the-job experience but also to the UHM TIM School and the knowledge gained in the classroom, student organizations, and activities.


Kelly is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP); currently serves on the Board of Directors of TIMI and is a member of the Direct Selling Association (DSA).

UH Regent and School of Travel Industry Management Dean Emeritus, Chuck Yim Gee, was honored by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) for his lifetime achievement in establishing an important human legacy for the worldwide travel industry through education, training, and research. More...

Welcome to the School of Travel Industry Management

The School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) at the University of Hawaii's Mānoa campus is recognized as a leading educational institution focusing on hospitality, tourism, and transportation management. TIM pioneered the concept of integrating all aspects of the travel industry under a single discipline. Built on a foundation of management science, TIM draws on a broad range of disciplines to provide high-quality education at the undergraduate and graduate levels to current and future professionals.


The visitor industry in Hawaiʻi provides TIM students with opportunities to gain experience in the field and to study applications of theory to practical business situations. TIM works closely with local, national, and international business organizations, as well as various government and private professional organizations.


In addition to Hawaii's travel industry environment, students benefit from a curriculum that has an international perspective with special emphasis in the Asia-Pacific region. The global importance of tourism and the increasingly interdependent nature of economic and political systems require a fundamental and multidisciplinary understanding of international issues. TIM's distinctive curriculum and outstanding faculty, the success and importance of tourism as the leading industry in Hawaiʻi, and the international focus of the programs provide students a unique educational environment and experience.



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