The Rita and Navin Dimond Fellows Program
Rita and Navin Dimond founded Stonebridge Companies in 1991 and have grown it to become one of the nation’s leading development and hospitality management companies, with a portfolio of more than 50 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 2018 Dimond Fellows
The best way to learn the hospitality industry is to be immersed in the daily operations. Samuel Berg is learning something new every day as he completes his Fellowship at the Renaissance City Center Downtown Hotel.
With varied experience in the restaurant and events industry, he is excited to take on a new challenge inside of a bustling hotel in Downtown Denver. He is expected to graduate in the Fall of 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Event and Meeting Management with a minor in Sports Media. Along with the Fellowship, Sam is excelling in collegiate athletics and a full-time class load in the School of HEaT.
David Keller is a Dimond Fellow that works for Stonebridge Companies and is a Senior at MSU Denver’s School of Hospitality, Events and Tourism. David is a member of MPI Rocky Mountain Student Club and Salute Veterans National Honor Society – MSU Denver Chapter.
Before David became a student, he worked as a technician for a water district in Colorado, a kitchen manager in Alaska and a Sergeant in the United States Army. David served for a total of twelve years in the United States Army and Army Reserve. He is a combat veteran of Operation Desert Storm and was a participant of the Kuwaiti liberation force. David holds several certifications to include Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA), Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and Sommelier Level One. He enjoys hiking in the mountains, spending time with his family and working.
David will graduate from Metropolitan State University of Denver in the fall of 2018 with a B.S. in Events and Meetings Management and a minor in Marketing. He will also be earning a Certificate in Hotel Management.
Scheduled to graduate in the Spring of 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Management and a personal focus in Human Resources, Raina Maslowski is excited to complete her Fellowship at both the Hilton Garden Inn and the Courtyard Marriott located in Cherry Creek.
Growing up in a large family, Raina has numerous relatives in the hospitality industry and had the opportunity to travel and visit many wonderful properties from a young age. This has given her an early insight and appreciation for the value of top-notch hospitality and excellent customer service. With vast experience in everything food and beverage related, she is excited to switch things up and take on the new challenge of rotating through all of the major departments that make up a hotel. During her free time, Raina enjoys traveling, botany, and spending time with her family.