April M. Merenda

Assistant ProfessorAssistant Professor / Industry
April Merenda held key positions within the hospitality and tourism industry over the past 4 decades, most notably being the Co-Founder of Gutsy Women Travel, LLC, the largest niche marketing company promoting travel designed for women and their unique interest. Ms. Merenda is highly regarded for her high energy and hands-on approach to business development and has solidified major industry relationships within the Hospitality industry. Merenda, daughter of an Italian immigrant family from Salerno, Italy, was born and raised in Brooklyn N.Y. and earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree and her Masters in Leadership Management at St. John’s University; where she taught as an adjunct Professor within the Hospitality Management program for 12 years while simultaneously being employed as an Assistant Dean/External Affairs for the College of Professional Studies. April is an Assistant Professor/Industry Professional tenure-track within the Hospitality Management program and brings a wealth of industry experience and networking opportunities to the classroom. She recently accepted the position of Director of International Hospitality Management M. S.

Teaching Interests

Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Customer Service and Sales, Capstone, Hospitality Management, Casino Operations, Travel and Tourism, International Destinations and Cultures, Food and Beverage, Marketing and Venues Management for Conferences and Resorts.

Research Interests

Customer Relationship Management Digital Marketing Ecotourism Culinary Arts Millennials in the Workplace How to Start a Profitable Business Revenue Management

Courses Taught

HMT
1000
ORIENTATION-HOSPITALITY MANAGE
HMT
1001
PRINCIPLES OF HOTEL OPERATIONS
HMT
1003
FOOD AND BEVERAGE SERVICE
HMT
1009
H.M. CAPSTONE COURSE
HMT
1030
HOSPITALITY MARKETING
HMT
1040
INTERNATIONAL CUISINES
HMT
1071
INT'L TRAVEL DEST & CULTURES
HMT
1074
GAMING OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
HMT
1093
IND. STUDY-HOSPITALITY MGMT.