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
Spring 2019 Dimond Fellows
Born and raised in Hawai’i, Bryson Cayaban came to MSU Denver as a transfer student. After learning about the School of Hospitality, Events and Tourism, he was excited to start a program that provided world-class learning and experiences. His journey began in guest services at a private country club in his hometown on the island of Kaua’i. Through that humbling experience, he discovered an interest in hospitality. That interest turned into a passion within the industry and has led to great opportunities such as working in guest services at the Four Seasons Hotel Denver.
In addition, Bryson served on various student leadership teams throughout college, participated in community volunteer efforts, and became a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and National Society of Leadership and Success. Bryson looks forward to gaining the knowledge and skills to inspire others to follow their passion. His journey will continue with a fellowship at the Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel.
Deborah Gully is a junior at Metropolitan State University of Denver, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in hotel management. After graduating in the Fall of 2019, she will have achieved her life-long dream of being the first person in her family to earn a college diploma. With years of property management experience behind her, Deborah is excited to begin her fellowship at the Courtyard Cherry Creek.
Ian Shlaudeman is a senior at Metropolitan State University of Denver’s School of Hospitality, Events and Tourism. Texas born and raised, southern hospitality is in his blood. Thanks to the Dimond Fellowship he is able to experience firsthand the inner workings of operations at the Doubletree by Hilton Denver Tech Center.
The concentration of his major being hotels made this a great fit in exploring possibilities as well as getting to try-on the many hats that exist in our industry thanks to the program. He will be graduating the Spring of 2019 in hospitality management with a concentration in hotel management. His dream is to one day become the general manager of a property.