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MIDWEST REGION PROFILE

Christian Coffin ’83

Midwest Career Services Coordinator

General Manager, Hilton Columbus Downtown
Columbus, Ohio

Major: Economics

Why did you choose Hobart and William Smith Colleges? While I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do with my life when it came time to apply for colleges, having grown up in my family’s restaurant, I did know that I wanted nothing to do with that. Or at least so I thought.  I selected HWS on the advice of my prep school guidance counselors due to their strong liberal arts education that would help prepare me for whatever direction I ultimately selected. During my time at HWS, my thoughts changed and I realized that hospitality was in my blood and decided to pursue a career in hotels after all.  In my senior year at HWS, I applied and was accepted to the graduate program at the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. This then led me to a great career with Hilton Hotels and I have never looked back. 

How do you stay connected to the Colleges? I attend reunions, volunteer for Career Services, help recruit prospective students for admissions and host visiting administrative team members.

What makes the Colleges special? HWS kids are very capable, hardworking, dedicated and committed.  They know how to think, how to write, how to participate, have strong work ethic and great attitudes. HWS kids have the full package.