FSU and Suntex Marinas Partner to Train Hospitality Students


Don Farr, Dean of Dedman College of Hospitality

Florida State University students will soon be able to learn the ins and outs of marina operations thanks to a new partnership between Dedman College of Hospitality and Suntex Marinas.

the class, Suntex Introduction to Maritime Hospitality, is scheduled to begin next spring and will be offered as an elective open to any FSU student. The course will include sections on marina and yacht charter operations, food and beverage management, customer relations and hospitality, marina events, safety and risk management, principles marina real estate, human resource and talent development, and revenue management and finance.

“Marina life may not be the first thing you think of when you hear ‘hospitality’, but there are many parallels between running a hotel or restaurant and running a a marina,” said Don Farr, dean of Dedman College. “The marina industry is capitalizing on the evidence that leisure is an experience just like many other hospitality businesses do and we want our students to understand this and be prepared for this option as a career path.”

Suntex donated $135,000 to the college to expand its course offerings and training. This effort is part of Dedman’s strategic plan, which includes exploring new opportunities for the recreation and tourism management program with a focus on coastal and marine businesses.

“The Suntex team couldn’t be more proud to partner with Dedman College of Hospitality to extend both marina operational knowledge and marina industry awareness to the excellent students at Florida State University. “said Richard Carter, chief operating officer of Suntex.

Carter added, “Presenting the many opportunities a career in marina management can offer has been a Suntex passion for many years. We are truly grateful and honored to be part of this new initiative with FSU.

Suntex Marinas is one of the largest marina operators in the United States with over 40 properties located in California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Texas, in Tennessee and Virginia.

Company executives will regularly share their experiences with students.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this partnership between Suntex and FSU,” said Cynthia Johnson, president of the Department of Recreation and Tourism Management. “It gives students the chance to experience a new form of recreation with one of the nation’s most respected marina operators.”

For more information on Suntex Marinas, visit suntex.com.

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