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Eric Brinker: Early Challenges (03:07)


Eric Brinker suffered from dyslexia as an elementary and high school student. He credits a school devoted to helping students with learning disabilities for giving him the confidence to go on to a successful career with jetBlue.

Eric Brinker: Following a Passion (01:13)

Eric Brinker was fascinated with transportation of all types as a kid. He turned his passion for transportation into an exciting career with jetBlue Airways.

Eric Brinker: Making a Mark (01:31)

Eric Brinker is responsible for maintaining the way the jetBlue brand is used and perceived. He also is involved in product development, the on-board experience of customers, and in relationships with corporate partners.

Eric Brinker: Success (01:13)

Eric Brinker attributes much of jetBlue's success to a positive and nurturing corporate culture. His personal success is due in part to finding ways to compensate for the challenges his dyslexia creates.

Eric Brinker: Advice for Students (01:22)

Eric Brinker advises students to complete as many internships as they can when preparing for a career. Most of the people on his team at jetBlue are former interns who "wouldn't go away."

Henry Kallan: An Immigrant's Success Story (02:05)

Henry Kallan owns several hotels in New York City and around the world. He immigrated to the United States from Czechoslovakia in 1968 with little money and limited English language skills.

Henry Kallan: Discovering Strengths (01:03)

After years spent working his way up through the hotel industry, Henry Kallan had an opportunity to buy his own hotel. He soon began buying New York City buildings and converting them into hotels.

Henry Kallan: Staying Unique (02:07)

Henry Kallan most enjoys the creative aspects of converting an old building into a fine hotel. The high level of comfort and perceived value he creates in his small, boutique type hotels enables him to compete with larger luxury hotels.

Henry Kallan: Always Active (02:22)

Henry Kallan invests large amounts of his own time and money into running his hotels, but he views his career as a passion, not a job. He asserts that people considering careers are wise to follow their passions.

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Spotlight on Careers in Travel and Hospitality

Part of the Series : The Road to Success: Stories of Career Satisfaction in Popular Fields
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One of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies, jetBlue is dedicated to bringing humanity back to air travel. And HK Hotels, family-owned and -operated accommodations infused with charm and Old World service, has been featured in Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure. In section one of this program, Eric Brinker tells how he overcame severe dyslexia to become jetBlue’s director of Brand Management and Customer Experience, while in section two, Henry Kallan, president and owner of HK Hotels in New York City, recalls how he emigrated from the former Czechoslovakia at the age of 21 and got his humble start in the hotel industry as a busboy. Part of the series The Road to Success: Stories of Career Satisfaction in Popular Fields. (17 minutes)

Length: 17 minutes

Item#: BVL36913

ISBN: 978-1-4213-6768-2

Copyright date: ©2007

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