I am the Director of the USCB Center for Event Management and Hospitality Training which supports five Centers – the Hilton Head Island Center, the Bluffton Center, the Research Center, the Education Center and the Center for Strategic Planning. The Hilton Head Island Center’s focus is on the Island Ambassador Program which educates hospitality professionals about the Island ensuring our guests have exceptional experiences, volunteer management placing students in learning environments at local events, event incubation bringing new events to the Island and Quality Management allowing students to learn and evaluate quality standards at local businesses. The Bluffton Center’s focus is on the Bluffton Ambassador Program showcasing the unique history and qualities of the Bluffton Community. The Research Center offers hospitality research to local events and organizations. The Education Center provides up to date information about trending topics and best practices in the hospitality industry.
I teach in the areas of hospitality law and event management. I promote experiential learning in all my classes. I remain active in the event management field producing over 10 events per year.
I received my B.S. in Marketing from Oklahoma State University and my J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Tulsa. After graduation from law school, I accepted a position with Ruth, Hack & MacNeille, P.A. where I practiced law for seven years prior to opening my own law firm, Keri A. Jordan, P.C. In 1998, I co-founded LowCountry Legal Aid, Inc. with the assistance of Maureen T. Coffey, Esquire. During the next several years, I filled numerous positions at LCLA in support of its mission of providing free legal representation to the less fortunate as well as serving on its Board of Trustees. In 2011, I accepted my position at USCB. I have been active in numerous professional and civic organizations including the Hilton Head Island Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division, Beaufort County Young Lawyers, Junior Achievement, the Island Recreation Association, LowCountry Community Development Corporation, the Sandbox, St. Luke’s Preschool and St. Andrew by the Sea United Methodist Church. My husband and I own Hilton Head Running Company and Go Tri Events. I am married to Alfred Olivetti and am the mother of two daughters, Rosa Ti and Ella Ki.
- Research & Professional Interests
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Science Degree, 1990
Minor: German and International Business
UNIVERSITY OF TULSA
Jurist Doctorate, 1993 (With Honors)
Masters in Business Administration, 1993
- HRTM B201 Intro to Sport and Event Management
- HRTM B240 Event Promotion
- HRTM B345 Festival Community Event Planning
- HRTM B357 Hotel, Restaurant Travel Law
- Event Management
- Athletic Events Planning and Management
- Real Estate Law
- Domestic Law