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Matthew DeMichele

BS Hospitality Business, Class of 2014

"The faculty members really have a passion for what they're teaching."

Matthew DeMichele's teenage job has given rise to a career aspiration, and his SNHU experience is giving him the tools to fulfill it.

As a high-school sophomore in Nashua, N.H., DeMichele was hired to be a cashier at a local Chick-fil-A restaurant. Earning subsequent promotions to team leader, marketing director and experience director, he has set his sights on a career with the Georgia-based restaurant chain known for its chicken sandwiches.

"I'd ultimately like to own and operate a Chick-fil-A franchise for the company," he says.

With that goal in mind, DeMichele is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in hospitality business. "We've been able to tour different hotels to see their operations and really get a better hands-on idea of what the industry is," he says.

Moreover, through his SNHU coursework DeMichele has attained ServSafe certification, an important management credential offered by the National Restaurant Association.

While pursing his studies, DeMichele has prepared for life as a business leader with extracurricular involvements as a Student Government Association senator, resident assistant and Penmen Tour Guide.

"Being able to take on those roles on campus has been most rewarding to me," he says. "I like being able to serve the student body."