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Rod Clough ‘94

Rod is pictured here with his daughter, Rory, and their dog, Parker.

Rod Clough ‘94, President – Americas for HVS, shares with us what it means to him to be a Hotelie for Life®.

“Reflecting on my years at the Cornell Hotel School, I now realize what a truly extraordinary learning environment it was. Cornell is a community unlike any other that fosters experiences to develop leaders and caretakers of the world’s hospitality industry. Cornell starts a fire within each… of us, that inspires us to never stop a journey of learning and propels us every day to rise to a level of excellence.

Collaboration and the importance working together to get things done is another top-of-mind Hotelie experience. Not to mention the gentle push that our instructors, administrators, and Statler leaders gave us to keep us on our toes and to keep us continually seeking to achieve more. We learned that we can do great things if we work hard enough, and we can reach these heights by joining hands with our classmates.

I am proud to call myself a Hotelie and the lessons I learned while at Cornell, and the staff that inspired me to start my journey of learning and excellence, stay with me to this day.”

Susan (Lee) Furbay ‘96

Susan (Lee) Furbay ‘96, Vice President of HVS, shares with us what it means to her to be a Hotelie for Life®.

Susan (Lee) Furbay ’96, her husband Troy, and their children Kaitlyn and Dylan.

“There are about half-dozen days in my life I will never forget: the day I immigrated from South Korea to the US, my wedding day, the days when our daughter and son were born and the day I received my acceptance letter from the Cornell Hotel School. For many, colleges are an extension of higher education where after graduation you attend homecoming for the first few years and then you receive requests for alumni donations in the mail. For me, what Cornell Hotel School has allowed for, with respect to my career, has been a wonderful blessing that is a part of me every day of my life. Over the last 22 years, my career has always been in the hotel industry in some form or another. Whether working as a broker at Eastdil specializing in hotel asset sales (where I met my husband while I was giving a hotel tour in NYC), or originating hotel loans at GE Capital, or in business development at HVS, I have constantly been in trenches with the fundamentals of the hotel economics, its people and the beauty of its real estate. Between my husband, Troy Furbay, who is the Chief Investment Officer at DiamondRock Hospitality, and me at HVS, our family is ‘long’ in the hotel industry. But we love what we do and, most importantly, the people we interact with every day. Even our eighth-grade daughter, Kaitlyn, has an eye on attending the Cornell in the future. I am so grateful to be a Hotelie and will continue to participate in alumni events, support the recent graduates and promote the Hotel School for its success and sustainability.”