Roger Dow '68
Roger Dow began his ascension of the corporate ladder while he was still an undergraduate at Seton Hall. While pursuing his degree, he began working for Marriott International as a summer lifeguard. For the next 34 years, he worked for the hotel group in various roles, eventually becoming senior vice president of global sales and launching the Marriott Rewards Program.
Since 2005, Dow has been making “industry-changing” progress as head of the U.S. Travel Association, traveling 200 days or more out of the year, promoting the United States as a top travel destination. Once thought of as “a sleepy, risk-averse trade organization with very little clout in Washington, D.C.”, the Travel Association has grown into a much respected trade and advocacy group under Dow’s leadership. As a result, the travel industry is now recognized for the hundreds of billions of dollars it contributes each year to the U.S. economy.
In addition to his promotional duties, Dow is a determined lobbyist, and has enjoyed a seat at the table with President Barack Obama and members of his cabinet to discuss travel issues. Dow’s efforts have resulted in several significant travel measures, including the creation of a program enabling approved and low-risk travelers to avoid long security lines at airports. He also has been working to streamline the visa process to make it easier for foreign travelers to visit, and watched President Obama sign the Travel Promotion Act; the first campaign to encourage international travel to the United States.
Dow's penchant for leadership was evident during his tenure at Seton Hall as well. He was senior class president, captain of the varsity wrestling team and secretary of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He was named alumnus of the year by TKE in 1991 and was presented with the award by fellow brother and U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
For all he’s accomplished, Dow was recognized in June 2012 when he was honored at the Many Are One alumni gala as one of Seton Hall’s Most Distinguished Alumni.