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Global Hospitality Leader Delivers Commencement Address

Hilton’s Adam Crocini Talks Commitment with New Graduates of his Alma Mater

Hyde Park, NY – Adam Crocini, the global head of food and beverage strategy for Hilton’s luxury and lifestyle brands, returned to his alma mater as commencement speaker at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on November 26. The 2000 CIA graduate is the chief strategist for all food and beverage initiatives for the Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, LXR Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, and Canopy by Hilton.

“This is not a business for the faint of heart. You have to be serious. You have to be committed. And, above all, you have to love the industry,” Crocini advised the graduates. “Love what you do. Whatever road you choose, pick what will make you happy.”

After earning his bachelor’s degree in management from the CIA, Crocini was hired by the Four Seasons Hotel New York as assistant food and beverage manager. After moving to Las Vegas, he was recruited by Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining and held leadership positions at several Wolfgang Puck properties over the next dozen years. Before accepting his current position, Crocini was based in Singapore with the Capella Hotel Group and Marina Bay Sands. The Connecticut native currently lives in Washington, DC.

View the entire CIA commencement ceremony, including Adam Crocini’s address to recipients of associate degrees in Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts.

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Adam Crocini speaks to graduates of The Culinary Institute of America on November 26, 2019, as CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan and Provost Mark Erickson listen. Crocini, a CIA alumnus, is the global head of food and beverage strategy for Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Hilton’s other luxury brands. (Photo credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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