What was the most important component of your FDU experience?
I am deeply grateful to FDU for introducing me to Wroxton College. My semester at Wroxton was my first time out of the country, my first time away from home for an extended time. I was on my own, and the experience gave me confidence, independence — things I didn’t know I had. It was a time of great personal growth, and Wroxton made that transition in my life easy and memorable.
What’s the best part of your job?
I’m part of a team that scouts the best hotels, restaurants and spas in the world, and invites these properties into our platform. The Forbes Travel Guide is recognized as the world’s leading travel guide, and I’m proud to bring the best of the best from all corners of the globe to consumers.
How do your Wroxton experiences impact your professional life today?
I’ve never forgotten the welcome I received as a student at Wroxton, the sense of hospitality from Dean Baldwin, the faculty and staff. I try to bring that same approach to my work each day.
Thinking about my hospitality career, I still use what I learned at Wroxton. I conduct business in many of the same countries I visited during my semester at the college in 1989. I understand how those countries work, and I appreciate and respect the cultural differences. Everything I experienced at Wroxton, from the academic lessons to the travel excursions, I apply to building and managing international business relationships.
Why do you give to Wroxton?
Wroxton has made a profound impact on my life. If I can give back an ounce of what Wroxton has given me, then my volunteerism with Wroxton is time well spent. I wish I could do more for such a fine educational program with exceptional professors, and of course, Dean Baldwin.
About Peter Kressaty, BS’90
Peter Kressaty is vice president of hospitality partners for Forbes Travel Guide.
He began his extensive hospitality career 22 years ago with Hyatt Hotels Corporation, serving in a variety of capacities including sales, marketing, operations and development. He subsequently served in various positions at well-respected hospitality companies including general manager, The Lowell Hotel; clubhouse manager, The Yale Club of New York City; senior vice president, Carino Hotels; and regional director, The Preferred Hotel Group.
Kressaty earned a bachelor’s degree in management from FDU’s Rutherford Campus in 1990. He serves on the Board of Advisors of FDU’s International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, and as a member of the Wroxton Advisory Committee.
Peter and Amy Kressaty are the proud parents of three young sons.