Name: Adam Kody
Major: Restaurant, Hotel & Tourism Management
Minor: Business Administration
Hometown: Lakewood, OH
Involvement on Campus: Vice-President of Restaurant, Hotel & Tourism Association, intramural sports participant
Graduation date: May 2014
Current Position: Food Enterprise Coordinator at The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks in Athens
How did you choose Ohio University?
There was a feeling of energy and community around the town of Athens I noticed while visiting that I wanted to be a part of. That, along with the beautiful campus and majestic nature of the surrounding area, enticed me most.
How did you choose your major, and what excited you most about it?
I transferred to OHIO after knocking out most of my general education requirements elsewhere, so I could really focus on my major when arriving. I had worked in the hospitality industry since high school, and once I saw an opportunity to get a degree in that field, I jumped at it.
Did you hold any leadership roles at OHIO?
I was the vice president of the Restaurant, Hotel and Tourism Association and was able to lead our yearly fundraising dinner that we put on in Grover Hall
Tell us about one of your most significant career development experiences at OHIO.
During my senior year at OHIO, the RHT program was fortunate enough to offer the mentoring services of a gentleman named Richard Wilhelm. Mr. Wilhelm had a prestigious reputation in the hospitality industry, serving as GM at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, president of The Plaza Hotel in New York City and president and CEO of Aspen Hotel Management Group. Through many meetings with Mr. Wilhelm, I learned the essence of what hospitality truly meant and the professionalism required to undertake it.
What is your favorite thing about being a Bobcat?
The unity and pride that comes with it. I’ve encountered Bobcats all across the country, and it doesn’t take long to make friends after just being strangers.
What advice would you give to your fellow Bobcats?
Enjoy and take advantage of everything that OHIO has to offer, especially the town of Athens and surrounding area. There are great people here, and the community’s dedication to local support is unparalleled.
What has your career been like since graduation?
I’ve gained a wealth of work experience and knowledge since graduation, with time spent in the fields of hospitality, sales and finance. Now I find myself back in Athens in a position to support the community that first embraced me when I transferred here eight years ago. It’s been a truly special process, and I can’t wait to see where it leads to next!