Current Thought Leaders @SyracuseU

Linchi Kwok, Ph.D.


Linchi Kwok (Lingzhi Guo) is an Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management at Syracuse University (SU) in Syracuse, New York, where he developed and teaches several hospitality and management courses, such as Social Media in Service Operations, Hospitality Human Resource Management, Hotel and Resort Operations, and Leadership and Career Management. In 2011, Linchi was named a Kauffman Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at SU to support the university’s initiatives in teaching and research excellence in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Linchi’s research interests include social media and its business applications, employee recruitment and selection, organizational behaviors, and service operations. In 2010, Linchi received grant funding to support his research on social media, including the Harrah Hospitality Research Center Grant Award Program 2010 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Since 2008, Linchi has presented more than 20 authored/co-authored papers in a variety of peer-reviewed conferences in hospitality, information studies, and managerial psychology. His work has appeared in numerous journals, such as International Journal of Hospitality Management and Cornell Hospitality Quarterly. He is on the editorial board of HOSTEUR™, an official publication of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (I-CHRIE), and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for over 10 hospitality/social science journals and conferences.

Linchi holds a Ph.D. degree in Hospitality Administration and a Master of Science degree in Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management from Texas Tech University. Linchi’s professional portfolio also includes several years of managerial and hands-on experience in the hospitality industry in the U.S. and mainland China.

In addition to his work as a professor and researcher, Linchi is a thought leader in the hospitality field, contributing to several professional blogs, including this blog, Social Media StrategiesBlogNotions and GraduatingSuccess. Linchi’s perspectives on social media have been quoted in The New York Times and Voyager’s World. Linchi is also an active member of the community and have conducted invited presentations on dinner etiquette and research methods. He can be reached at:

304 Lyman Hall, Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13244
(315) 443-2162
lkwok@syr.edu



Christine Delgado


Christine Delgado is in her last semester at Syracuse University, and will be receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality Management. Through out her time at SU she has interned as a sales agent for Enterprise rental services and has worked as a student supervisor for the catering department at the SU Carrier Dome.  With both opportunities, she’s enhanced her interpersonal skills, and has developed a bigger passion for the hospitality industry. Not only has she been a great leader in the professional world but, she has also taken people beneath her wings and discover the inner leaders within her academic peers.

Christine has always had a passion for finding out more about ancestors and bettering her education so in the fall of 2011, her landing destination was Hong Kong. Hong Kong is where she studied, lived and gave back to the HK community for the four months. This experience allowed Christine to realize who she was and the culture that she has yet to experience. Her ability to adapt to an entirely different culture and lifestyle is no different than her ability to do so in the workforce.  Leaving HK for Christine was tough but one thing she took with her was the memories and friendships she made that will last a lifetime.

Christine has a passion for art and has developed skills by creating graphic designs for the organizations that she participates in on campus. Most of her work has hit the virtual world and has been promoted throughout social media. She believes that art has always been her talent but she didn't realize how real her talent was until she came to college. Her skills in Photoshop have greatly increased and with this, she sees a potential future in the graphic designing. Upon graduation, Christine hopes to be a professional in the hospitality industry as an event planner and incorporating her talents into her career.

Christine Delgado
Syracuse University 2013
David B. Falk College of Human and Sport Dynamics
Hospitality Management
chdelgad@syr.edu


Nik Finder


Finder Nik is in the final semester of his M.S. in Student Affairs Counseling program in Syracuse University’s School of Education. He is also the Graduate Assistant at the Slutzker Center for International Services. Both his work and his course of study reflect his passion for people and their stories. He is especially interested in working with the international student population and enjoys not only being a resource for them, but learning from them. 

Finder Nik transitioned to graduate school after a decade long career in the tourism industry. His roles were as diverse as a serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Transylvania, to management and product development positions in the luxury active-travel sector. He has been fortunate enough to create a career that included traveling to some of the most beautiful places in the world and developing relationships with both people and place. He is especially proud of the number of Thai street food vendors that will serve him his favorite dish without his needing to order. Which is a good thing, because he usually pronounces it wrong anyways. 

His goal upon graduation is to work as a university recruiter internationally for a technology company in his native Northern California. He reserves the right to adjust his goal to fit ever changing personal and professional interests. To satisfy his insatiable appetite for memorable dining and lodging experiences he is also creating a bespoke culinary travel company. You can find out more at www.EpicureanAdventuresTravel.com

A natural skeptic, he is convinced that the day will come that some people regret having shared all of their opinions, secrets and photos with everyone else in the world. He has prepared for this time by keeping his online persona relatively incognito. You can reach him instead by emailing findernik2011@gmail.com

Kara Gonchar


Kara Gonchar has worked as a professional actress, model, singer, and tap dancer since she was eight years old. Yet, she is putting her talents on hold for her education at Syracuse University's iSchool with a focus in social media. Kara worked as a fashion journalist, blogger, vlogger, tweeter, and representative for Seventeen Magazine, Seventeen.com, Stylecaster.com, and Dormify.com. In addition, Kara writes for her own blog called “Firecracker in Heels” where her content is viewed daily by hundreds of fashion-obsessed dreamers.

Kara has extensive training in social media marketing through the social media agency Big Fuel. She continues to study under social media “guru” Holly Pavlika. Over the past two years, Kara has gained over 5,000 Twitter followers who follow her daily tweets about fashion, food, New York City, and her professional life. She constantly engages her audience with interesting posts and has a witty journalistic style that is seen in the majority of her content. 

Her devotion to her work and years of experience has not only taught Kara great work ethics and the extreme organizational skills necessary in life, but it has also given Kara the opportunity to find her niche in the fashion, social media, and entertainment industries. At the age of fourteen, Kara began her endeavor into the social media world and has since developed a successful online presence. She is truly passionate for the future of social media and will persistently feed her appetite for social media until her goals are accomplished.

About.me/karagonchar

Jihee Han


Jihee is a senior at Syracuse University majoring hospitality management in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.  She’s from South Korea and has been in the United States since 2007.  She is very positive, and passionate about what she’s interested in. Jihee had a hospitality experience at JW Marriott Seoul during the summer of 2012. That experience was a great help to understand hospitality operation system better. Jihee is currently interested in food and beverage management, and after graduation she wants to have variety experience on food and beverage or restaurant industries.

Jihee Han
Syracuse University 2013
David B. Falk College of Human and Sport Dynamics
Hospitality Management
Jhan11@syr.edu

Alexa Sapper


Alexa Sapper is currently a senior attending Syracuse University.  She is studying Hospitality Management in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics with a focus in event planning.  Alexa is incredibly hardworking, organized and personable, which allows her to build many connections in the hospitality industry.

Alexa studied abroad in Florence, Italy her spring semester of junior year.  These travels have helped her expand her knowledge in the hospitality industry as well as the food industry.  This past summer, Alexa worked for a corporate company in the events segment.  After graduation, Alexa is hoping to find a perfect job in the event planning industry!

Alexa Sapper
Syracuse University, 2013
David B. Falk College of Human and Sport Dynamics
Hospitality Management Major
Ahsapper@syr.edu