Three alumni from Colorado State University’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition have found rewarding employment in diverse areas of industry. Two first-generation alumni, Brandt Glick and Kathryn Quintero, are working in the hospitality industry after graduating from the Hospitality Management Program. Leslie Leef, who earned her degree in nutrition and food science, moved quickly from quality assurance manager to director at Taylor Farms. Although graduating several years apart, these alumni are making an impact in their chosen fields.
Brandt Glick – executive housekeeping manager for Virgin Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
Brandt Glick graduated from CSU with a bachelor’s degree in restaurant and resort management (now hospitality management) and business administration in 2011. He has held key management positions within large-scale luxury operations including Luxury Colorado Ski Resort, Las Vegas’s AAA Five-Diamond Resort and Casino – the Bellagio, Miami’s infamous beach resort: Fontainebleau, and as a multi-property manager with Caesars Entertainment. Glick opened and is now operating Virgin Hotels, Las Vegas.
Through transparent business process improvement, administration, preventative maintenance and project management, Glick generates immense positive impact on employee engagement and the guest arrival experience for major destinations. These roles have required exceptional human resource and administrative management abilities, in which, Glick has organized thriving management teams while directing in union environments and coordinating highly successful resort operations. Glick is creative, independent and a self-starting leader who has proven success in the development of sequential policies and procedures geared toward results. Glick recently received Caesars Entertainment’s Award of Excellence for Innovation.
Leslie Leef – director of food safety and quality assurance at Taylor Farms-Colorado
Leslie Leef graduated from CSU with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and food science in 2015 with an Interdisciplinary minor in food science/safety. She was recently promoted from quality assurance manager to director at Taylor Farms. As QA manager she was responsible for ensuring safe and quality food products by developing and improving food safety and quality programs within a fresh-cut produce plant. She was actively involved in approximately 15 audits throughout, including SQF and customer audits. She participated in the supplier approval process, managed the QA supervisor and several QA technicians as well as the sanitation manager and 13 sanitors. She is a member of the safety committee and food safety team, a part of HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point). Leef was also responsible for internal lab and third party testing programs including finished product testing and environmental monitoring.
Kathryn Quintero – rooms operations voyager at Boston Marriott Cambridge
Kathryn Quintero graduated from CSU with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management in 2021. As a first-generation college graduate, Quintero has always had a passion for education. During her second year at CSU, she was introduced to the world of hospitality. She knew this industry was the right fit for her because she has always had a sense of fulfillment from serving others. Quintero is a detail-oriented, driven, energetic individual who aims to bring innovative ideas to the hospitality industry.
As a rooms operations voyager at Boston Marriott Cambridge, she utilizes her customer service skills to cultivate the best experience for guests and develop a deeper knowledge of hotel operations.