FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Honolulu, September 2014
Robert Zheng, vice president, WATG, has been appointed to serve on the board of TIM International, Inc. (TIMI), the alumni association of the School of Travel Industry Management at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
The purpose of TIMI is to provide active leadership in support of the School of Travel Industry Management through membership participation, image enhancement, financial commitment, and promotion of synergies among students, faculty, alumni and friends.
TIMI recently founded the $35,000 TIM International Endowment Scholarship to support TIM students and their education in travel industry management. Additionally, TIMI contributed to the Chuck Yim Gee Educational Scholarship Endowment and made donations to PATA Hawaii and HTLA in 2013.
Zheng, an alumnus of the School of Travel Industry Management, is WATG’s director of development with a focus on the growing Asia market. After a five-year stint in Singapore to help open, grow and stabilize the fledgling WATG office, Zheng relocated back to the WATG’s Honolulu office in 2012 to concentrate on the rising Hawaii and South Pacific markets while still continuing to service the Asia market. He served as president of the Hawaii Mainland China Overseas Association and has led various China related seminars and university classes in Hawaii. Robert is also an active participant in travel and hospitality conferences around the world.
WATG is one of the world’s leading integrated design firms and ranked as 2nd in the world among hotel architectural firms. WATG’s interior design firm, Wimberly, was ranked 11th by Interior Design Magazine in their 2015 Hospitality Giants survey.
With over 70 years of design excellence, WATG and Wimberly, have become the world’s leading design consultants in the industry since starting in Hawaii in 1945. With offices in Irvine, Beverly Hills, Seattle, Chicago, New York, London, Miami, Istanbul, Dubai, Singapore, Shanghai and Honolulu, the multi-disciplinary design firm is best known for creating internationally acclaimed destinations in 160 countries across six continents. WATG offers integrated design solutions comprising strategy, planning, architecture, landscape, and interiors for urban, tourism and resort destinations. WATG’s projects are renowned not only for their design and sense of place but also for their bottom-line success.
TIM International , Inc. (TIMI), is the alumni association of the School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) at the University of Hawai’i at M?noa. It was formed in 1968 under the guidance of then Dean Chuck Gee. In March 1973, TIM International, received its charter of incorporation from the State of Hawai’i and was recognized as a non-profit corporation. The association has grown with the TIM School, which has over 4,000 alumni worldwide. TIM International has chapters in Hawai’i, Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as active groups in many other cities and countries.
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