Here is a link to our November 2015 newsletter.


In this issues you will find:


1) TIM School Signs 3+2 Agreement

2) TIm Alumni: Socials & Networking Events

3) Alumni Feature - Jeremy Tomono (BS '14), Department Trainer at ARIA Sky Suites - ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas

4) Save the Date Announcement - TIM School's 16th Annual Celebrate a Legacy in Tourism event

Kevin IwamotoTIM Alumnus Kevin Iwamoto Wins Gold Megellan Award

Lanyon’s Kevin Iwamoto, Vice President of Industry Strategy who pens a Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) and Industry blog has once again received industry-wide recognition this time from Travel Weekly who awarded his Lanyon SMM Blog with a Gold Magellan Award for Online Travel Services - Overall – Blog category.  Iwamoto has previously in recent years won a Silver Magellan Award twice in the same category; 2015 marks the first year his blog captured the top recognition.  Travel Weekly’s Magellan Awards are determined by a distinguished panel of industry experts, executives, and media personalities; check out this year’s judging panel:


To access Lanyon and Iwamoto’s blog, viewers can go to and click on Blog at the top of the page or direct access via


The Travel Industry Management Student Association (TIMSA) will be having a student-alumni networking event on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 from about 5:00pm to 7:00pm in George Hall 202 - Sunset Reference Center. This is a great opportunity for students to build their network and meet TIM alumni working in the travel industry.


If you are a TIM alumni and are interested in being a mentor for this event please contact Tia Ikeno at  If you are a TIM student interested in attending this event please email to RSVP.


Event Date: 
Wed, 2015/10/21 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm

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).


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