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General Specialties: Hotel & Restaurant and Travel & Tourism

Specialty Focus: Business, Hospitality, Travel, Tourism, Employment, Human Resources, Safety, Security, Resorts, Lodging, Airlines, Cruise Lines, Meetings, Conventions, Conferences

Education: PhD in Hospitality Administration, UNLV; JD in Law, FAMU; MS in Hotel Management, UCF; BS in Space Studies, APUS

Years in Practice: 15+


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Dr. Gary Deel holds AS Degrees in Hospitality and Culinary Arts from Valencia College, BS and MS Degrees in Hospitality Management from the University of Central Florida (UCF), a JD in Law from Florida A&M University (FAMU), and a PhD in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). Dr. Deel spent more than 10 years in the hospitality industry. He worked for the Walt Disney World Company in both theme parks and hotels. He worked for Rosen Hotels & Resorts as Guest Relations Manager, Hotel Manager, Investigations Manager, Assistant Security Director, and Sales Manager for the company's hotels. He worked as Operations Manager for Picsolve, Inc., an entertainment company that manages photo operations for more than 350 attractions all around the world. He worked for Merlin Entertainments Group as Head of Operations at the Madame Tussaud’s Interactive Wax Museum. Finally, Dr. Deel also worked as Manager of Security Training and Administration for Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas. In addition to Dr. Deel's industry experience, he has also spent ten years working in higher education at various institutions, including Valencia College, UNLV, CTU, Kaplan, The Art Institutes, UCF, APUS, and CSU Global. Dr. Deel has developed and taught courses in business, management, hospitality, leadership and ethics, sales and marketing, professionalism, law, human resources, engineering, security, risk management, and other areas. He currently serves as Faculty Director for APUS where he supervises a team of 40+ professors teaching courses in the School of Business. Dr. Deel has also earned several professional licenses and credentials. He is licensed to practice law in Florida and Nevada, and he has been credentialed as a Certified Lodging Security Director (CLSD)*, Certified Hospitality Sales Professional (CHSP)*, Certified Hotel Sales Executive (CHSE), Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE)*, and Certified Hospitality Industry Analyst (CHIA). *certification expired