Mercedes Hunt is the Director of Undergraduate Business & Finance Programs at Granite State College. She has worked in higher education for over 10 years as an instructor, course designer and program director in both online and classroom settings. She holds a doctorate in Parks, Recreation and Tourism with an emphasis in Sustainable Events and Tourism from the University of Utah. In addition to working in higher education, Dr. Hunt has worked in the Los Angeles event industry, she has directed a couple of aquatic programs and she worked as the Managing Director and Events Director of The International Ecotourism Society. She has also been involved in a number of research studies where she has assessed visitor use patterns at California Welcome Centers, sustainable practices in resorts and also completed a study on employee perceptions of sustainability practices in US convention centers. She speaks Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, ASL and is currently studying Turkish.