Alum Mike Rock of the DoubleTree by Hilton Gives Back

Posted: Monday, November 3rd 2014 at 12:54 PM

Alum Mike Rock (’99 HRM) is the general manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton in Flagstaff, Arizona. The DoubleTree hosted the September 30, 2014 SHRM National Advisory Board meeting. Rock shared the story of how that connection came about in the following interview on October 20, 2014.

“I stayed in contact with Professor Hales the most, but Richard Stark, chair of the SHRM National Advisory Board, reached out to me. Stark heard I was an alum. [The DoubleTree] had the availability; we thought it was a perfect opportunity. We went through a renovation in the last year, so we’ve just started getting back into the community.

“We want to bridge that gap between us and SHRM to help some great students get their 1,200 hours [of experience]. I’ve known Professor Hales for 15 years so when he gives his recommendations, we’ll move quickly to get those students on board,” said Rock.

Rock joined the Radisson just before the transition to DoubleTree began. On January 29, 2014 they flipped the switch to Hilton. “Hilton is cutting edge with their technology so there was a huge learning curve, but it was exciting,” said Rock. “It was a lot of work. Our Gold and Diamond Hilton Honors guests really helped us know what their expectations were, but things are starting to settle down.”

Rock is from Phoenix and his wife is from Flagstaff, so they are happy to be raising their four children here. “In this industry, we’ve relocated three or four times… but we’ve wanted to live in Flagstaff. To find a job like this is a great opportunity. We want to get our roots here …and I think there are a lot of students who probably want to stay in Flagstaff, but there aren’t many opportunities. We want to get the cream of the crop of the students who want to stay in town, so we thought this would be a best first step.”

Rock has also given back through guest lectures in Professor Hales’ classes. He looks forward to DoubleTree by Hilton’s continued involvement in SHRM and in the Flagstaff community.

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