Students, join this virtual discussion with industry professionals to learn about local hospitality jobs available now and the life skills transferrable to every career.
Skills learned working in the hospitality industry are simply life skills that are easily transferable to any career.
- Customer Service
- Critical Thinking
- And so much more!
Meet the Panelists
Javier O’Brien | Director of Operations, Live Nation
Javier started his career with Live Nation in 1994 and has been the Director of Operations for the past 14 years. Javier likens each concert weekend, especially festival weekends, to the work of a city planner.
Charlene Sherman | Owner, Sage Coffee House & Bistro
Charlene has been in the restaurant business since she was 18. After attending Wenatchee Valley College and working behind a desk, she returned to the hospitality industry as an entrepreneur, opening Sage Coffee House & Bistro in 2012 in George, WA. Meeting new people every day is something she enjoys about the work.
Cyndi Thomson | Hiring & Reputation Manager, Sun Mountain Lodge
Cyndi joined Sun Mountain Lodge in 1999 as a switchboard operator. She has worn many hats throughout her 23 years at the Lodge, working at the Front Desk, in Reservations, as the Facility Administrator, Group Sales Manager, and finally serving as the Hiring and Reputation Manager since March of 2020. As Hiring Manager, Cyndi handles recruiting and employee on-boarding. As the Reputation Manager, she deals with Guest Relations and Public Relations for the resort.
Top Rojanasthien | Executive Chef & Owner, The Thai Restaurant and Atlas Fare
Before taking over the management of The Thai in 2011, Top spent time honing his skills at numerous restaurants in Bellingham, Seattle, and Thailand. Top opened his second restaurant, Atlas Fare, with his wife in 2020. Top graduated from Wenatchee High School and has a Bachelor Degree in Global Studies from the University of Washington.