School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Allison Kuper Smith

Allison Kuper Smith

Lobbyist
Owner, Roadrunner Capitol Reports

Current Job & Responsibilities:
As a lobbyist I advocate on behalf of my clients at the NM State Legislature. One of my clients is the New Mexico Restaurant Association. As owner of Roadrunner Capitol Reports I run a web based legislative tracking and reporting service that serves those needing to track legislation and create reports of activity at the NM State Legislature.

What I Learned From the HRTM Program:
Excellence in customer service is crucial to success in any endeavor, whether in hospitality or in any other industry.

What I Most Enjoy About My Career:
The people I meet and interact with.

Memorable Experience:
In the hospitality industry: Catering for a Hollywood film in Africa;
As a lobbyist: passing legislation to allow for customers to take home partially consumed bottle of wine and successfully negotiating minimum wage legislation that was fair to both workers and employers.

Experience:
Graduate of the Swiss Hotel Association, Hotel Management School - Les Roches
Managed restaurants and a film catering unit in Harare, Zimbabwe, Africa
Assistant Food and Beverage Manager at Inn of the Governors - Santa Fe, NM
Food and Beverage Manager - High Mesa Inn - Santa Fe, NM (Now Marriott Courtyard)
Sales Manager - High Mesa Inn - Santa Fe, NM (Now Marriott Courtyard)
Event Planner for the Western State Treasurer’s Conference - Santa Fe, NM Worked in State Government for the NM State Treasurer and the Public Employees Retirement Association
Worked for the NM State Legislature as a Secretary then promote to Analyst. Worked for the leadership of both House and Senate.