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Former Boatswain’s Mate Sets Sail in Hospitality Management

As a former U.S. Navy boatswain’s mate, Bryan Taylor is no stranger to hard work. After recently graduating from the Florence Campus and being hired as a front desk service representative at LaQuinta Inn, he plans to use that same strong work ethic, along with the knowledge that he gained at American National University, to build a career in hospitality management.

“I think ANU definitely gave me the tools to succeed.”

Bryan had just left the military and relocated back to Northern Kentucky when he first came to ANU. After having studied liberal arts in California, he decided to enroll in the business administration-management program because he wanted to gain concrete skills that he could put right to use in the workforce. “The business management caught my eye,” he recalled. “There’s a broad range of jobs that I could get into with that.”

In his work at LaQuinta, Bryan relies on the technology skills that he gained in his program throughout the day. The “people skills” that his management and communications courses helped him to develop have also been vital as he works to ensure that each of his customers at the hotel have a great experience during their stay. 

Bryan feels that opportunities for advancement are plentiful with LaQuinta and he hopes to impress his employer and one day move into management with the chain. His ultimate goal is to eventually own his own bar and hotel. “I want to be a boss someday--I even want be my own boss,” he shared.  “I think ANU definitely gave me the tools to succeed.”

A- Florence Campus graduate Bryan Taylor hopes to use his job as a front desk associate at LaQuinta Inn as a stepping stone in his career in hospitality management.

B- U.S. Navy veteran Bryan Taylor is pictured holding his photo at the Veterans Wall of Honor at the Florence Campus.


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