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Tom Kombiz-Voss

Tom Vossis an Instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education.Dean, School of Hospitality Management

Tom Kombiz-Voss, is a 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry He was born and raised in Iran. He left the country to attend the University of Central Oklahoma, where he earned a degree in computer science and management. While in Oklahoma, he worked as the general manager of a resort. He then moved to Dallas to join Hilton, where he became a restaurant director, the food and beverage director of a supper club, and the opening manager of Crockett’s Restaurant for the Lincoln Hotel. Another move took him to New Jersey, as general manager of the Days Hotel at Newark Airport. He then became the food and beverage director for Vista International Hotels in New York, before spending a year in Toronto as food and beverage director of the Hilton Toronto Airport. He began teaching in 1992 at the New York Food and Hotel Management School. He spent 15 years as Dean of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the Katharine Gibbs School–New York. While at Katharine Gibbs, he also taught at the New York Institute of Technology and spent four years as an adjunct in the hospitality department at Pace University. He met ICE President Rick Smilow in July 2008 and began working on curriculum development and accreditation requirements for ICE’s Hospitality Management Program shortly thereafter and the program launched in 2010. He says, "During their time here in the school, I get to know each student and I learn about them and their strengths and talents. By being their teacher and getting to know them, I am more equipped as a dean to coach them to find their culinary or hospitality voice.”

From Hotel Upstart to Hospitality Expert: Read more about Tom on the ICE Blog

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