Richie Karaburun


Recep “Richie” Karaburun

Clinical Assistant Professor

Education & Career Path:

I have more than two decades of experience in the travel industry and have served on numerous industry panel presentations across a number of disciplines - sales leadership, marketing, and hotel and other supplier negotiations, team building, leadership, and travel operations.

I have been teaching many classes at the Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism since 2014, and at Fairleigh Dickinson University since 2016. Some of the classes I have taught are: Destination Marketing, Tourism Policy Analysis, Entrepreneurship, Business Development, and Strategic Brand Management. I last served as Managing Director, North America, of Roomer, an online peer-to-peer marketplace for travel. Prior to Roomer, I was Vice President of Global Supplier Relations at RADIUS, President at GTA North America, and Vice President of Product Development and Contracting at American Tours International, achieving high-value revenue and profit gains, gaining large-scale cost savings, improving organizational productivity, and performance at each.

My research interests include cultural differences in service quality, social contentedness in social media, how hotels use social media in customer engagements, the impact of nationalism in consumer ethnocentrism and the impact of culture in International Marketing and hotel distribution strategies in international markets.

I am currently pursuing my doctoral degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing at the Lubin School of Business at Pace University in New York. I earned an MBA from the George Argyros School of Business and Economics, Chapman University, in Orange, California, in 2001 and a BBA in International Relations from the Uludag University, in Bursa, Turkey, in 1991.

Role in Tisch Center:

Clinical Assistant Professor

Fun Facts:

I live in New Jersey with my wife and two sons. I also used to be a semi-professional theater player during high school.