Florida International University Welcomes David Grutman as Its Next Hospitality Guest Professor

/Florida International University Welcomes David Grutman as Its Next Hospitality Guest Professor

Florida International University Welcomes David Grutman as Its Next Hospitality Guest Professor

|2019-10-31T12:48:36-05:00October 30th, 2019|

MIAMI, FL. – October 2019 – David Grutman is bringing his experience as a Miami-based hospitality and nightlife entrepreneur to the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at FIU. Known for his success with LIV at the Fontainebleau, followed by many other Miami nightclub and restaurant ventures, Grutman will teach a class at the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management covering the key elements of conceptualizing a hospitality venture, from marketing and public relations, to finance and human resources. “The David Grutman Experience: The Class” will be offered to hospitality management students at FIU in October 2019.

Grutman has a long history of engagement with FIU, including a partnership with the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One, which benefits the Chaplin School annually. He regularly volunteers to speak in classes, including to students of Joel Feigenheimer, National Association of Concessionaries Endowed Professor at the Chaplin School.

“I’m so excited to partner with the Chaplin School and teach a class at FIU,” said David Grutman, CEO and Founder of Groot Hospitality. “The best way to learn is from someone who is in the industry living and breathing hospitality all day and night long. My class is going to be epic! We’re going to have fun.”

Grutman’s class will offer students a chance to experience how entrepreneurship and hospitality interconnect in the Miami business landscape. A native Floridian, Grutman is responsible for several of the most successful and world-renowned brands; LIV at Fontainebleau, Story, Komodo, OTL, Swan and Bar Bevy, and most recently Papi Steak. Grutman’s influence on the hospitality and music world is global and his larger than life personality and natural ability to steal the spotlight has catapulted him into continued success and fame.

“Having David Grutman teach a ‘real-world’ class at the Chaplin School is incredibly exciting,” said Michael Cheng, interim dean of the Chaplin School. “His success as an entrepreneur, restaurateur and lifestyle personality resonates deeply with our students and our school’s identity. We are focused on preparing industry leaders, and there is no better model than David Grutman.”

About the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

Florida International University's Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management is distinguished as one of the top hospitality programs in the United States and the world. It is ranked in the top 50 globally, #1 for its online program, #1 in the Southeast region of the U.S., and it is best in value. More than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation and around the globe choose FIU for its outstanding reputation, advantageous campus locations in Miami, expert faculty, rich curriculum and fast-track career opportunities in the international hotel, foodservice and tourism industries. In August 2006 FIU unveiled the first U.S. school of hospitality and tourism in Tianjin, China. The Marriott Tianjin China Program, ranked #1 in China, is FIU's largest international program, with a capacity for up to 1,000 students. For more information about Florida International University's School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, visit http://hospitality.fiu.edu/.

About FIU

Florida International University is Miami’s public research university. FIU is focused on student success. According to U.S. News and World Report, FIU has 35 programs in the top 100 in the nation among public universities, including 15 in the top 50. FIU is a top U.S. research university with more than $200 million in annual expenditures and is designated as an “Emerging Preeminent State Research University” by the Florida Board of Governors. FIU ranks 15th in the nation among public universities for patent production, which drives innovation, and is one of the institutions that helps make Florida the top state for higher education. The Next Horizon fundraising campaign is furthering FIU’s commitment to providing students Worlds Ahead opportunities. Today, FIU has two campuses and multiple centers, and supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA, with more than 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. The university has awarded more than 330,000 degrees to many leaders in South Florida and beyond. For more information about FIU, visit www.fiu.edu.

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About Groot Hospitality

Formed in 2018 as David Grutman’s collective of many successful ventures, Groot Hospitality’s portfolio includes LIV (2009), Story (2012), Komodo (2015), OTL (2017), Planta (2018), as well as Swan & Bar Bevy (2018) and Papi Steak (2019). David Grutman has built his brand with a combination of the ultimate experiences in their given category. Groot Hospitality’s portfolio encompasses the best of Grutman's top dining, service and hospitality brands where he combines his high-energy, high-impact “fun” to ensure guests have the best possible experience. Grutman’s influence on the hospitality and music world is global and his larger than life personality and natural ability to create brands designed to be in the spotlight has catapulted him into continued success. In 2019, Groot Hospitality will introduce a number of new projects that will again expand Grutman’s footprint into new market segments and cities.
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