Biography

Dr. Gary Deel is a polymath with a strong record of career success in several industries including hospitality management, higher education, legal work, and professional consulting, and a mastery of knowledge in several other academic areas including aerospace studies, psychology, sociology, and criminal justice.

Gary has spent more than 15 years as a professor at various institutions, including Valencia College, University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), Colorado Technical University (CTU), Kaplan University, the Art Institutes (Ai), the University of Central Florida (UCF), American Public University System (APUS), Colorado State University (CSU), University of Florida (UFL), and Thomas University (TU). Gary has developed and taught courses in business, hospitality, leadership, ethics, law, professionalism, sales and marketing, engineering, maintenance, culinary arts, human resources, space studies, astronomy, and other academic areas. Gary currently serves as Professor for the APUS School of Business, and as Adjunct Professor for the hospitality and business programs at UCF, CSU, UFL, and Thomas University.

Prior to and concurrent with Gary’s academic work, he spent nearly ten years in hospitality management and leadership working for prestigious companies including Disney, Rosen Hotels, Picsolve, Merlin Entertainments, and Wynn Resorts. Gary has also worked in the legal arena as an attorney, consultant, and expert witness, assisting lawyers with a variety of hospitality-related litigation support services.

Gary holds 14 college degrees including two doctoral degrees, six master’s degrees, three bachelor’s degrees, and three associate’s degrees in various different subjects. Gary has also held a multitude of licenses and industry certifications, including bar licenses in Florida, Nevada, and the District of Columbia, and dozens of professional credentials.

Finally, Gary is an accomplished author, having published more than 500 blogs, podcasts, videos, and peer-reviewed articles for various media outlets and platforms. He has also been interviewed for newspapers, magazines, periodicals, podcasts, and televised news segments.

 

Licenses, Trainings, Certifications, & Credentials

  • Florida Bar License to Practice Law (ID#103273)
  • Nevada Bar License to Practice Law (ID#13332)
  • District of Columbia License to Practice Law (ID#1658958)
  • Accredited Member of American Mensa
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association – Certified Guestroom Attendant (CGA)
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association – Certified Maintenance Employee (CME)
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association – Certified Restaurant Server (CRS)
  • Amercian Hotel & Lodging Association – Certified Breakfast Attendant (CBA)
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association – Certified Kitchen Cook (CKC)
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association – Certified Front Desk Representative (CFDR)
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association – Certified Hospitality Sales Professional (CHSP)
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association – Certified Lodging Security Director (CLSD)
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association – Certified Hotel Industry Analyst (CHIA)
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association – Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE)
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association – Certified Hospitality Facilities Executive (CHFE)
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association – Certified Hospitality Revenue Manager (CHRM)
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association – Certified Hospitality Purchasing Manager (CHPM)
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association – Certified Hospitality Department Trainer (CHDT)
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association – Certified Hospitality Trainer (CHT)
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association – Certified Hospitality Supervisor (CHS)
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association – Certified Hospitality Housekeeping Executive (CHHE)
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association – Certified Food & Beverage Executive (CFBE)
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association – Certified Rooms Division Executive (CRDE)
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association – Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA)
  • American Society for Industrial Security – Certified Protection Professional (CPP)
  • American Society for Industrial Security – Professional Certified Investigator (PCI)
  • American Society for Industrial Security – Physical Security Professional (PSP)
  • National Fire Protection Association – Certified Hazard Recognition Specialist (CHRS)
  • International Association of Professional Security Consultants – Certified Security Consultant (CSC)
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners – Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Society for Human Resources Management – Certified Professional (SHRM-CP)
  • Society for Human Resources Management – Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)
  • Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International – Certified Hotel Sales Executive (CHSE)
  • Human Resources Certification Institute – Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
  • Int’l Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions – IAAPA Certified Attractions Executive (ICAE)
  • National Recreation & Parks Association – Aquatic Facility Operator (AFO)
  • American Red Cross – Certified Lifeguard
  • American Red Cross – Certified in Adult, Child, and Infant CPR/AED/First Aid
  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) 10-Hour General Industry Training
  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Lead Awareness Training

 

Academic Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Hospitality Administration
  • Juris Doctorate (JD) in Law
  • Master of Science (MS) in Space Studies
  • Master of Science (MS) in Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Industrial & Organizational Psychology
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Sociology
  • Master of Education (MEd) in Higher Education Administration
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Space Studies
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology
  • Associate of Science (AS) in Space Studies
  • Associate of Science (AS) in Culinary Arts
  • Associate of Science (AS) in Hospitality Management

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