About Jess

Jess PetittJess is currently a second year MBA student at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Prior to coming to Smith, Jess was the Corporate Director of Marketing and Sales at HEI Hotels & Resorts in Norwalk, CT, where he was responsible for HEI’s sales training and development programs and started a department with a focus on hotel eCommerce and communications efforts.

Jess has dedicated his career to the hospitality industry, serving in a variety of roles from housekeeping to front desk at several hotel properties before moving to the corporate office. Prior to joining HEI Jess received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Adminisitration.

This past summer Jess interned at Hilton Worldwide in McLean, VA, for their business analytics department. At Smith Jess is concentrating his studies in marketing and strategy and has worked as a research assistant for Dr. Hamilton in Smith’s marketing department. He currently serves as co-president of Smith’s Graduate Marketing Association, is a co-founder of Smith’s Hospitality & Travel Club and oversees Smith’s intramural/extracurricular sports programs.

Jess lives in Falls Church, VA with his wife Dianna and dog Baxter.