Staff Review
Russ Tanakaya
RUSSELL TANAKAYA
Adjunct - Instructor of Hospitality & Tourism Management

Division/Department: Culinary Arts, Nutrition, and Hospitality & Tourism, Hospitality & Tourism Mgt (see Culinary), Technology & Aviation Division
Division: TECHNOLOGY & AVIATION
Phone: 3143
Classes Taught at GCC
  • HTM 222 Introduction to Hotel & Operations -- my absolute favorite!
  • HTM 115 Introduction to Hospitality
  • HTM 120 Introduction to Tourism
  • HTM 201 Restaurant Management
  • HTM 214 Beverage Management
Education
  • Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel Management
  • Bachelor of Science, cum laude, University of Houston
  • School of Hotel and Restaurant Management,University of Denver 
Leadership Experience
  • Board of Governors -- Japanese American National Museum
  • Board of Directors -- Glendale Sunrise Rotary, Brea Rotary
  • Board of Directors -- Brea Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors -- Glendale Chamber of Commerce
  • Chairman -- "Make a Difference Committee" multiple Hilton based hotels
Service or Volunteer Experience
  • Staff writer and photographer -- Drum Corps World Magazine
  • Glendale Sunrise, North San Diego, Brea Rotary Clubs
  • Ascencia Homeless Shelter
  • Every 15 Minutes - drinking and driving program for high school students
  • ChildShare - Foster Care
  • Kids Who Care 
  • Rancho Cucamonga HS Band Volunteer 
  • Mt. Carmel HS Band Volunteer
  • The Academy -- Drum Corps volunteer, Tempe, Arizona
  • The Blue Stars -- Drum Corps volunteer, LaCrosse, Wisconsin
  • Pacific Crest -- Drum Corps supporter, Diamond Bar, California
  • Junior Achievement Instructor
  • D*A*R*E Instructor
Industry Experience
  • Over 4 decades in the hospitality business
  • 37 years of hotel operations experience
  • 33 years of hotel management experience with the last 13 as a General Manager
  • 13 hotels of varied market situations: Hyatt, La Mansion, Guest Quarters, Doubletree, Red Lion, Hilton, Doubletree Golf Resort, Embassy Suites
  • 14 semesters teaching at Glendale Community College - Hospitality & Tourism department
Awards & Honors
  • Spirit of Pride Winner -- Hilton Hotels
  • General Manager of the Year -- Embassy Suites Hotels
  • Member, Circle of Excellence -- Embassy Suites Hotels
  • Food and Beverage Director of the Year -- Guest Quarters (Doubletree)