Meet The W.A. Franke College of Business’ Standard Bearer, Zane Schechterle.

Zane Schechterle, the Standard Bearer for The W.A. Franke College of Business and Hotel and Restaurant Management major.

Zane Schechterle, the Standard Bearer for The W.A. Franke College of Business’ graduating class, is a member of the class of 2020. Academically focused, friendly, and involved in college programs, Zane exemplifies the enduring qualities the college hopes to instill in its students. Nominated to be the standard-bearer by many, Schechterle was especially touched when he learned of the role and the weight that it carries.

A standard-bearer is a person who bears an emblem or flag called a standard, which is used as the visual symbol of an entity. Similarly, the Standard Bearer for The W.A. Franke College of Business is an undergraduate student who has demonstrated a great spirit throughout their undergraduate career.

Zane Schechterle has a kind word and a smile for everyone he meets. He is also a writing mentor for the Business Communication Center and is continually assisting students of all academic years and majors with their work.

“He meets with students in the space near the Advising area, and we can hear him being compassionate and instructive in tutoring his peers. He also shares a laugh with those he is regularly tutoring,” Members of the Advising team noted.

Zane Schechterle said, he chose to attend Northern Arizona University because, “It was close to home but far enough away where I could learn how to be my own person.” Schechterle has a wide range of interests and has the drive to develop skills that interest him. He is a self-taught guitar and piano play and has a passion for writing. Schechterle self-published two poetry books during his time at NAU, one of his accomplishments of which he is most proud.

Zane Schechterle said he chose his major in Hotel and Restaurant Management because, “I found myself to be a friendly person and thought if I went into hospitality and service that my skills and personality would best be applied there;” a sentiment shared by all who have met Zane. He also discussed his strongest influences and the changes that occur throughout a college career. Schechterle’s most potent influences in life are his parents and friends who have grown with him throughout their time in college. “We have all changed so immensely, and the friends I have kept through the changes are the ones I will always appreciate and keep close,” Schechterle said.

Is there a moment of inspiration and clarity during your time at Northern Arizona University you remember as having an impact on you?

“I went on a school trip with a professor and three other students to New York City for a hotel conference. That was a great moment of clarity for me because it made me realize I want to work in hotels, and I want to live and work in New York,” Schechterle said.

Would you do anything differently if you had a chance?

“I would have liked to take advantage of some moments and opportunities in my earlier years in college. There are times I look back and wish I cherished memories more and didn’t take them for granted,” Schechterle said.

Zane Schechterle is enthusiastic about the world of hospitality. Last year, he had an opportunity to attend the New York Hotel show and fell in love with the city. He applied for an internship for the summer of 2019 and enjoyed it so much that he recently accepted a position with Hyatt Andaz on 5th Ave in New York upon graduation. He will carry the legacy of The W.A. Franke College of Business and the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management well into his career and will be supportive of the college wherever he goes.

“My dream career would be to balance being a writer and working in the hospitality industry, specifically with hotels,” Schechterle said. If anyone can achieve these fantastic goals, it is Zane Schechterle. The W.A. Franke College of Business and the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management wish you all the success in the world, Zane!

Written by: Cynthia Gerber
The W. A. Franke College of Business

Northern Arizona University’s Franke College of Business.