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A St. Philip's College alumnus is the first faculty member at the college to earn unique recognitions for excellence in both hospitality industry education and leadership.
David Uminski, Certified Tourism Ambassador, Photo 01

Certified Tourism Ambassador of the Year

College alumnus and hotel management faculty member David Uminski earned congratulations from the City of San Antonio following the May 3 announcement of his selection as Visit San Antonio’s 2017 Certified Tourism Ambassador of the Year award recipient. Visit San Antonio is the official sales and marketing organization that promotes San Antonio as a top leisure and meetings destination. When Uminski accepted a city certificate of congratulation in honor of his exemplary leadership and service to the local tourism industry during the May 3 City Council meeting led by Mayor Ivy R. Taylor, nine of nearly 300 students who have earned nationally-portable Certified Tourism Ambassador credentials under the tutelage of college hospitality faculty members David Varelans, Ruben Luna and Uminski since 2014 were present.

The college's partnership in the Certified Tourism Ambassador Program of the San Antonio Area Tourism Council began in 2014 as San Antonio's version http://partners.visitsanantonio.com/english/Partner-With-Us/CTA of an 11-year-old national professional development program. Roughly 300 of the city’s 1,600 credential holders are alumni of St. Philip’s College, and more than 100 were taught in the college classes of Uminski. Accredited and licensed through the Tourism Ambassador Institute, the program for front line hospitality workers stimulates local economies by mobilizing this certified workforce toward transforming guest encounters into positive experiences that lead to those guests returning at some points in the future. Upon completion of all program requirements, approximately 50 St. Philip's College students are awarded the Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) designation annually, and those students may use the professional acronym CTA behind their names and on their resumes, Uminski explained.

Well-known to Visit San Antonio leadership in both the community and on campus as a singer, marathon runner and member of various community association boards and committees, Uminski promoted the Riverwalk and raised funds as two-time Riverwalk Prince of the Fiesta royal court for both the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

In the May 2 Visit San Antonio announcement David Uminski Named Certified Tourism Ambassador of the Year by Visit San Antoniohttp://partners.visitsanantonio.com/english/News/Partners-Blog/May-2017-(1)/David-Uminski-Named-Certified-Tourism-Ambassador-o, the organization reported, "Uminski received his CTA designation in 2014 while employed with a destination management company and has gone on to become a Hospitality Faculty Member at St. Philip’s College. Understanding the importance of the program and spreading his passion for San Antonio, Uminski has incorporated the CTA program into course curriculum so that all Introduction to Hospitality students complete the CTA training as part of their first year... During Uminski’s classes at the college working as a CTA facilitator, he excels in keeping students engaged and wanting to learn more about the diverse landscape of San Antonio. “He understands the importance of the CTA program and conveys that in the classes he teaches,” said Casandra Matej, President and CEO of Visit San Antonio. “Students, peers and visitors who encounter him will see right away that he’s positive, outgoing, passionate and knowledgeable about the San Antonio area.” "

The criteria for Certified Tourism Ambassador of the Year status includes exceeding customer expectations, knowledge of the region, standing out among peers and support of both the Certified Tourism Ambassador and local tourism industry brands. Visit San Antonio is a nonprofit business that serves as the sales and marketing arm of San Antonio as a leading leisure and meetings destination. San Antonio welcomes 20.9 million overnight leisure visitors annually. Hospitality is one of the top five industries in the city, contributing $13.6 billion into the local economy and employing more than 130,000. St. Philip's College students and alumni have been partners in the industry's success for more than 100 years. Find details at Partners.VisitSanAntonio.com.

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David Uminski, Certified Tourism Ambassador, Photo 01A highlight of the May 3 City Council meeting led by Mayor Ivy R. Taylor where members of the city’s tourism and hospitality industry leaders were recognized for leadership was a photo opportunity with St. Philip's College Certified Tourism Ambassador credential holders (from left) Victoria Lozado Romero, Dolores Toepperwein, Sierra Rodriguez, Manuel De Leon, David Uminski, Christina Garcia, Nicolo Dannemiller, Shawn Burge, Philip Morgan. Romero, Toepperwein, Rodriguez, De Leon, Garcia, Dannemiller, Burge and Morgan are students of college alumnus and hotel management faculty member David Uminski (in bow tie at center right), recent past Riverwalk Prince (2015, 2016) and Visit San Antonio’s 2017 Certified Tourism Ambassador of the Year award recipient.

David Uminski, Certified Tourism Ambassador and The Honorable Mayor Ivy R. TaylorA highlight of the May 3 City Council meeting led by Mayor Ivy R. Taylor (right) where members of the city’s tourism and hospitality industry leaders were recognized for leadership was a photo opportunity with college alumnus and hotel management faculty member David Uminski (left), recent past Riverwalk Prince (2015, 2016) and Visit San Antonio’s 2017 Certified Tourism Ambassador of the Year award recipient.

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