School of Hospitality, Events and Tourism
The Rita and Navin Dimond Fellows Program
Rita and Navin Dimond founded Stonebridge Companies in 1991 and have grown it to become one of the nation’s leading development and hospitality management companies, with a portfolio of more than 60 hotels. The Dimond Fellows at MSU Denver will be afforded unique access to education and training opportunities that will prepare them to become the industry leaders of tomorrow.
Fellows have the opportunity to:
- Intern (paid) at select Stonebridge Companies properties in Denver for one semester, rotating through all major departments while earning three credits over the course of the 15-week semester
- Earn the chance to win a $5,000 award for the Top Fellow of the year
- Gain access to an invaluable network of leaders in Denver’s hotel industry
Fall 2019 Dimond Fellows
Brandon Fernandez is a senior at Metropolitan State University of Denver and will be graduating with his bachelor’s degree in Travel and Tourism Management in the Spring of 2020. Being an avid skier in the Colorado winters, Brandon always had a spark of interest for the travel and tourism industry. After receiving his associate’s degree from a local community college, Brandon was in search of a university that had the ability to educate him with the best knowledge possible for the travel and tourism industry. After learning about the School of Hospitality, Events, and Tourism at Metropolitan State University of Denver, he was eager to embark on a new journey full of remarkable learning experiences.
Working throughout college at Enterprise Holdings, Brandon gained several skills in the world of tourism and customer service. He will be continuing this journey as a Dimond Fellow with Stonebridge Companies, at the Jacquard Hotel and Rooftop in Cherry Creek and will be engaging in all of the hotel’s day to day operations from the ground up. He is very ecstatic to have this opportunity with Stonebridge Companies and to learn first-hand what distinguished hospitality looks like.
Brandon will be the first in his family to receive a four-year degree. With the opportunity he has been given by Stonebridge Companies, he would like to thank everyone that has helped him reach this point in his college career.
Morgan Fischer is a senior at Metropolitan State University of Denver majoring in Hotel Management, whose anticipated graduation is December of 2019. She is a Colorado native, eager to be a part of the hustle and bustle of downtown Denver. Morgan feels blessed to have received this opportunity with the Dimond Fellowship, and the Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown, that will allow her to expand her understanding of hotel operations.
She has worked in hospitality for the past year and a half as a front desk agent for the DoubleTree Denver Thornton. She looks forward to tackling each department in the hotel, especially Human Resources and restaurant operations. Her love of the industry continues to grow with every step of her journey and she is ready to build on her experiences as a Dimond Fellow.
Born and raised in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Cain van Heyningen developed an early understanding of international hospitality through valuable experience in the local restaurant industry. Two years after accepting a full-ride athletic scholarship offer by the MSU Denver, Men’s Basketball Team and moving to the United States, he decided to make his passion his major and started pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management.
In addition to his academic and athletic commitments, he has joined the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee where he intends to create promising, flexible and valuable working opportunities for fellow student-athletes of any major.
As a 2019/2020 Dimond Fellow, Cain has been garnering an incredible amount of operational experience from the various departments within the Renaissance Hotel, located in Downtown Denver. Cain is always determined to bring the same passion he delivers on the court to every facet of his career path.