by Jenifer Shockley
Days after his graduation, Uriel Rangel (B.B.A. ’17) will begin a four-continent corporate travel training program.
Uriel Rangel has long been pegged as a leader. A first-generation college student, Uriel came to Georgia State as a Goizueta Foundation Leadership Pipeline Scholar. He participated in the Georgia Association for Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) leadership course his sophomore year. He served as vice president of the student chapter of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, and he mentored freshmen students as a resident assistant for the past two years.
Those skills, combined with a 3.9 GPA, and a strong performance in a multi-step application and interview process, helped the Cedartown, Ga., native best more than 260 candidates from around the world for one of three openings in BCD Travel’s management associate program.
On May 20, Uriel will hit the road in a big way. He’ll spend six weeks traveling to Beijing, Hong Kong, New Delhi, New York, Sao Paulo, Stockholm and Utrecht to meet with industry leaders to learn the corporate travel business. Afterwards comes a six-month training program with BCD Travel in Atlanta. And, assuming all goes well, a position with the company will follow.
Uriel feels ready for the challenge, due in part to his experience at Robinson, where he majored in managerial sciences and minored in hospitality.
“I feel like my professors were invested in my success, and that it went beyond teaching. They made sure I actually understood the material and would be able to apply it in real-world situations. Being at Robinson put me at an advantage against anyone else,” Uriel said.
His teachers attribute Uriel’s success to hard work and character.
Clinical Assistant Professor Kelly Grace of the Department of Managerial Sciences describes Uriel as “a tremendous student. He’s bright, articulate and contributes in class. He does everything students need to do in order to excel.”
Soon-Ho Kim, clinical assistant professor in the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration and faculty adviser to the student chapter of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, characterizes Uriel as “a quiet leader, highly respected by his peers and dedicated to high standards; I expect to hear great things from Uriel.”
BCD Travel also expects great things from Uriel.
“We chose Uriel not only for his competence and character but for the courage we see in his stride. The area of strategy he is walking into at BCD will require a person with courage to speak up and innovate current platforms,” said Chicka Elloy, global talent management director at BCD Travel.
Although we can’t accompany Uriel on his travels, he’s promised us the next best thing: photos and updates from his six months on the road. Stay tuned…