Colleen Wienke

Colleen Wienke

Chicago, IL
BS 2009, Hospitality & Tourism

National Business Transient
Manager for F&F Realty
(currently at the Crowne Plaza
Chicago Metro)

How has your Purdue experience made an impact on you?

Purdue was the best decision I could have made with regards to building a strong foundation for my personal and professional life. I was able to explore my interests and strengths. I had the encouragement and support of my teachers, academic advisors and peers to pursue a professional path that I truly enjoyed. My personal development was pretty extreme I'd say. I came from a Catholic school upbringing and Purdue allowed me the opportunity to experience new cultures, ideas, personalities and ways of life. It taught me to be a life-long learner, to be open minded, and to remember that the world is a lot bigger than me—that's a concept that I've carried with me both professionally and personally.

What activities did you participate in as a Purdue Student?

TA for HTM 100, HTM Black Tie Dinner, HTM Study Abroad Spring Break 2007 - Cuisine and Culture of Switzerland, Semester Abroad 2009 - Florence, Italy

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment?

Identifying what I wanted to do professionally and then successfully pursuing that path has been a great accomplishment for me both professionally and personally.

What do you enjoy most about your position as National Business Transient Manager?

I enjoy being able to make an impact on the profitability of my company and hotel, as well as the development of relationships with clients and industry contacts throughout the country. The business trips to warm places during cold Chicago months are a close second!

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