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Alumnus Leads with Hospitality

 

Story by: Palace Jones, NCCU Office of Communications and Marketing Intern  

Christopher Tyner, ’04, has been named vice president of operations for Concord Hospitality Enterprises, a hospitality management and development company. 

In his new role, Tyner will oversee the Mid-Atlantic Region of Concord Hospitality Enterprises which includes properties in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.

Prior to joining Concord, Chris held several leadership positions with Hilton Hotels and Marriott International for over 20 years.

Tyner joined Concord Hospitality Enterprises in October 2012 as an opening general manager of the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Springfield, Va. Under his leadership, the hotel was awarded the Hilton’s Opening Hotel of the Year Award. Tyner was also named Hilton’s General Manager of the Year for the Homewood Suites brand.

Tyner would later join the Cambria Hotels and Suites team in Washington, D.C. where he was named the 2017 General Manager of the Year for Concord Hospitality.

“North Carolina Central University’s Hospitality and Tourism Program impacted my professional achievement tremendously as it taught me the fundamentals needed for success in the hospitality industry,” said Tyner.

The Murfreesboro, N.C., native received his bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Administration from NCCU in 2004. Upon graduation, Tyner was immediately hired through the Marriott Student Leadership Program as a manager at Marriott International in Research Triangle Park, located in Durham. He would later work as a front-desk manger for a Hilton Hotel property. 

His passion for NCCU and hospitality is demonstrated through his service as a member of the university’s Hospitality and Tourism Program Board of Advisors, where he served as chairman in 2016.

“At NCCU I learned the core skills that have been instrumental that has helped my career to excel in the hospitality industry," Tyner added.

 

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