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Michael Altman

Assistant Professor of Practice, Program Director Hospitality and Tourism


Harris 123

(919) 760-8476

(202) 365-2523 (mobile)

StrongPoints® Strengths: Strategic, WOO, Communication, Activator, Relator


Michael Altman brings 20+ years of experience in hospitality, tourism and marketing to his new role as Meredith College’s first full-time hospitality and tourism management faculty member and program director. He began teaching full-time in the program in Fall 2019.

He is a co-founder of the branding, design and communications firm Trialogue Studio, which has provided consulting services to numerous organizations, including Marbles Kids Museum, Visit Raleigh, Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science. He previously served as chief marketing officer at the Smithsonian Institution and head of communications and marketing at IMAX Corporation. He was recently appointed to a two year term as a member of the board of the Greater Raleigh Visitor and Convention Bureau and also serves on the Wake County Career Advisory Team (CAT), a group of Career and Technical Education administrators and teachers working together to make sure the high school hospitality and tourism and marketing curriculum are effectively preparing our students to enter the workforce.

Prior to joining Meredith, Michael was adjunct professor for two years at Georgetown University in both the Global Hospitality Leadership and Integrated Marketing Communications Programs. He previously served for seven years as adjunct professor at George Washington University in the Master of Tourism Administration Program, teaching courses in applied strategic planning and destination marketing and consulting for their International Institute for Tourism Studies.

Altman frequently serves as an expert analyst about hospitality and tourism for a variety of news outlets. He was recently quoted in articles in the Winston-Salem Journal in a piece titled “Vacation complication: Climate change a growing factor in travel”,  The Washington Post entitled “What happened to travel in 2020? What will happen in 2021?” and in Forbes “This Is Travel’s New Normal: Say Hello To The American Staycation.” He also wrote a small piece for WalletHub entitled “Ask the Experts: Exploring the Best Travel Credit Cards”.

Academic Credentials

M.S., Rochester Institute of Technology (Hospitality and Tourism)

B.A.,  York University (Sociology)


“Strategies for Engaging College Students on Their Journey to Graduation”, Panelist, eDynamic Learning Solutions Webinar, April 2024

“Food Halls: Investigating the Impact on Community through Placemaking and Economy through Entrepreneurial Micro-Ecosystems”, presented at USASBE’s Forging The Future Conference by Lane Perry, Western Carolina University | Michael Altman, Meredith College | Nathan Woodard, University of Tulsa, January 2024

“Why women are not in the live poker room and the evidence on how this can change”, presented online at IABPAD conference in Las Vegas, October 2021

“Marketing anxiety”, Panelist, American Planning Association National Conference, May 2017

“Leveraging the power of design to fuel innovation”, Speaker, Marriott Innovation Day, October 2016


Meredith College School of Business Teacher of the Year, 2022


Kristie Ogilvie, Michael Altman, Yunsik Choi (2021): Why women are not in the live poker room and the evidence on how this can change, Journal of Gambling Business and Economics 2021 Vol 14 No 1 pp 3-14.

“Gensler DC’s Urban Ideas Forum Digs Into Future of Transportation in DC Region,” LinkedIn Pulse, January 2017

“A Strategic Expansion Plan to ‘Create More Space For Play.’ More Space for More Play Equals More Learning,” LinkedIn Pulse, September 2016

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