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The Rita and Navin Dimond Fellows Program

Rita and Navin Dimond founded Stonebridge Properties in 1991 and have grown it become to one of the nation’s leading development and hospitality management companies, with a portfolio of more than 70 hotels. The Dimond Fellows at MSU Denver will be afforded unique access to education and training opportunities that will prepare them to become the industry leaders of tomorrow.

Fellows have the opportunity to:

  • Intern (paid) at select Stonebridge Companies properties in Denver for one semester, rotating through all major departments while earning three credits over the course of the 15-week semester
  • Earn the chance to win a $5,000 award for the Top Fellow of the year
  • Gain access to an invaluable network of leaders in Denver’s hotel industry


Fall 2017 Dimond Fellows

Blair SwartzBalancing his schoolwork and fellowship at the Hilton Denver Tech Center, Blair Swartz has been skiing about 100 days per year for the last 8-9 years.

He’s an avid fan of splitboarding-a snowboard that divides in half to function like a snowshoe for climbing up the mountain, reassembling for the trip back down.

He will graduate in May with degree focused in event management, he has been enjoying the sales department of the hotel industry, working on the many details of scheduling meetings and room blocks.


Brittany CollierSenior Brittany Collier is completing her last semester at MSU Denver and will graduate in December with a degree focused on event meeting management.

Her fellowship is taking place at the Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown where she has been enjoying the catering and restaurant side of the learning opportunity.

Collier loves to travel and enjoyed the best meal of her life in Croatia at a traditional Bosnian restaurant called the Taj Mahal.


Kaylee CrandallKaylee Crandall’s fellowship is occurring at the Renaissance City Center Downtown and she loves the team she is working with.

She enjoys exploring all the options available in the hospitality industry and will earn her degree with an emphasis in event and meeting management in December 2017.

Kaylee traveled to Thailand where she enjoyed riding an elephant, meeting the local people and learning about the culture.


Kenzie TalbotKenzie Talbot is a hotel industry veteran having worked for a different chain prior to her fellowship at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cherry Creek.

She’s looking forward to the shift rotation in the HR department and has enjoyed the training received, as well as being able to identify how she can fill the needs of the department.

Following her graduation in May, with an emphasis in hotel management, she’s open to exploring different Marriott locations and would prefer to stay with company.


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