Title: Executive Director, Development
Organization: Florida International University - Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
Committee Position: Chair of Audit Committee
Term: 07/01/2016 to 06/30/2020
Simone Champagnie was named Executive Director of Development for the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University (FIU) in January 2016. In this capacity, she is responsible for the overall leadership and strategic planning for fundraising, stewardship and alumni relations for the school.
Champagnie joined the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management in 2012 as Executive Director of the Institute for Hospitality & Tourism Education & Research. In this role, Champagnie led all activities associated with business enterprise, including developing revenue-generating training & development programs, services and events in alignment with the overall strategic goals of the Chaplin School. With her team, she established and grew the institute's reach in the US, China and Asia-Pacific, including the launch of Visionary Leaders Roundtables and the school's first-ever Culinary Arts Academy. Overseeing its operations for almost four years, Champagnie also transformed the school’s Kovens Conference Center into a sustainable profit-center.
Prior to joining FIU, Champagnie served for over three years in the role of director of alumni relations for Broward College Foundation. Before entering the field of higher education, Champagnie spent over ten years in the international travel and tourism sector. She began her career with American Express where she distinguished herself in a number of roles of increasing responsibilities, including manager of supplier relations for the Latin America and Caribbean Travel Services Division where she most notably created the region’s first Preferred Suppliers program. Champagnie also worked in channel sales with Air France and ran her own marketing and training company, SNC Destinations.
Champagnie has served in leadership positions with the Society of Incentive Travel Executives and the South Florida chapter of Meeting Professionals International. She is also a former board member of HandsOn Broward, an organization connecting individuals and groups to meaningful service opportunities with nonprofits in Broward County, Florida.
Jamaican-born, Champagnie received her undergraduate degree in tourism management from the University of the West Indies, and attained her master’s degree in international business administration at Nova Southeastern University.