BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University alumnus Chip Bryan ’07 always has his eye out for people who want to spend their days at a mansion — working, that is.
As the talent acquisition and recruitment supervisor for The Biltmore Co., Bryan focuses on recruitment for the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, built as a private home for George and Edith Vanderbilt in 1895 and now a tourist destination.
Encompassing America’s largest privately owned home, two hotels, six restaurants, gardens, a winery, shops and recreational facilities, The Biltmore Co. employs over 2,500 people to provide hospitality and world-class service to guests while preserving the estate.
In his position, Bryan works with schools and universities, service providers, operational managers and job seekers.
“I love being able to connect people in order to help them live their best lives and achieve their personal and career goals,” he said. “I oversee Biltmore’s hospitality internships, programs for adults with disabilities, and various talent programs within the organization.”
In 2007, Bryan earned a Bachelor of Science in recreation management with a concentration in commercial recreation and tourism management from Appalachian. As part of his Appalachian education, Bryan:
- Executed an undergraduate research project with Watauga County Parks and Recreation Department.
- Completed an internship with a travel sales agency.
- Experienced an education abroad program, traveling to three European countries to study culture and the Holocaust.
- Gained industry experience working at The Blowing Rock attraction.
After graduation, Bryan worked in hospitality operations and the travel industry. “Over time, I decided I wanted to pursue a hospitality career that was more behind the scenes and was hired into an entry-level human resources position at Biltmore. I’ve had the chance to advance my career at Biltmore since then through professional development opportunities,” he said.
Bryan said Appalachian’s recreation management program provided him experiences and training applicable to a variety of career fields. “The faculty were all happy to take time with students to help us succeed. Dr. Stephanie West was my favorite professor in the program, and I still utilize many of the skills she taught in her classes.”
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About the Department of Recreation Management and Physical Education
The Department of Recreation Management and Physical Education in Appalachian State University’s Beaver College of Health Sciences is an innovative, diverse and forward-thinking academic unit consisting of two undergraduate programs. The recreation management program prepares students for careers as professionals in three concentrations: commercial recreation and tourism management, outdoor experiential education, and recreation and park management. The health and physical education program prepares students for careers as K-12 health and physical educators, school-based activity directors and coaches. Learn more at https://rmpe.appstate.edu.
About the Beaver College of Health Sciences
Appalachian's Beaver College of Health Sciences opened in 2010 as the result of a strategic university commitment to significantly enhance the health and quality of life for individuals, families and communities in North Carolina and beyond. In 2015, the college was named for an Appalachian alumnus and pioneer in the health care industry — Donald C. Beaver ’62 ’64 of Conover. The college offers nine undergraduate degree programs and seven graduate degree programs, which are organized into six departments: Communication Sciences and Disorders; Health and Exercise Science; Nursing; Nutrition and Health Care Management; Recreation Management and Physical Education; and Social Work. Learn more at https://healthsciences.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.