An accomplished event manager and training leader, Stephen Ruggieri’s interest in hospitality began at a young age. Stephen grew up watching his grandfather manage Rhode Island’s Alpine Country Club in a way that made every guest feel like a celebrity–including the great Louis Armstrong. Those initial service interests evolved as Stephen studied at The University of Rhode Island. Focused on business and development, Stephen pursued a variety of roles to nurture his passion, including positions in event planning and production, training and development, and serving as head of hospitality for Bloomberg L.P.
Career highlights include serving the Dali Lama, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Donna Karen, Dianna Ross, Dolce & Gabbana, Diane von Fürstenberg and Giorgio Armani. Another noteworthy collaboration: working on the grand opening of Atlantis in Dubai with Colin Cowie and Saul Kerzner. These hands-on experiences have shaped Stephen’s 25-year career and now serve as a guidepost for AHA’s courses and certifications. As Director of Training and Development, Stephen leverages his background to create accessible learning frameworks that instill compassion and confidence in hospitality professionals.