by Tom Isler | October 01, 2006

University of New HavenWondering what the future of meetings will look like? Look no further than the University of New Haven in Connecticut (left) and three ambitious undergrads poised to take over the hospitality industry.

Danyel Aversanti, 25, of Mendham, N.J., junior in hotel and restaurant management. Dream job: Meeting and event planner. Reason: “I love the intensity.” Real-world experience: The Whatever/Whenever department at the W San Diego. Strangest request filled: To get a hotel guest out of jail in Mexico. Industry assessment: “It will always be aroundÉHopefully all of this terrorism stuff settles down.”

Michelle Holmberg, 21, of Greenfield, Mass., junior in hospitality and tourism administration. Dream job: Hotel salesperson. Previous dream job: Meeting planner. Reason for the switch: To make better use of her powers of persuasion. Real-world experience: Internship at the Atlanta Sheraton Gateway Hotel. Industry assessment: “It’s a good time to jump into it.”

Samantha Wright, 19, of Freehold, N.J., sophomore in hospitality and tourism administration. Dream job: Special event planner. Real-world experience: Intern program at The Venetian in Las Vegas. Biggest eye-opener: “If one thing goes wrong, it’s the planner’s responsibility to rectify it.” Industry assessment: “It’s a great industry and has a lot to offer a lot of people.”