Director of Experiential Opportunities
- Office Location:
- St. Vincent's Hall, Room 420
Katie DeCecco is a Buffalo native who has worked in the hospitality industry for several years. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Administration from Boston University. During her time at BU, she completed internships at both the Buffalo and the Boston Convention and Visitors Bureaus, and gained experience working in hotels and restaurants. She served as president of student government at the school from 2002 to 2003 and helped to establish and develop several new student programs, including the Dean's Host program and Peer Advising program.
Upon graduation, Katie returned to Buffalo and obtained a position working for Hart Hotels as a sales manager. In 2004, she went to work at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, first as their group rooms coordinator and later as corporate sales manager. While at the Hyatt, Katie was named manager of the year in 2005 and was nominated by the hotel for the 2005 Hyatt Hotels and Resorts sales manager of the year. Katie has been a member of the Western New York Hotel Motel Association, the New York State Business Travel Association and Buffalo Niagara Travel Professionals.
In July of 2007, Katie left the Hyatt to participate in the international volunteer program, Cross Cultural Solutions. She served in the township of Nyanga outside of Cape Town, South Africa, where she worked for several weeks at a center for women and children with HIV and AIDS. After completing her volunteer work, Katie traveled to several African and European countries before returning home. She is thrilled to be a part of the NU College of Hospitality and Tourism Management community and enjoys working with and getting to know NU students, faculty and staff.