When his older brother started a catering company years ago, Ben jumped at any opportunity to help out. He loved every detail; from packing and unloading the trucks to seeing how events ultimately unfolded and came together. Ben’s experiences inspired him to think about career options in the hospitality industry, and enroll at Howard Community College (HCC).
“Hospitality is an incredibly broad field, and since I love food and working with people, it was a natural fit for me,” said Ben, who earned an associate degree in Food and Beverage Management from HCC in 2014.
Two years into his career, Ben landed what some may call a dream job, when he was hired to serve as a restaurant supervisor at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Within 12 months, he was promoted to Assistant Manager, and then again to Catering Manager.
“I am a big baseball fan and have great Orioles memories from when I was growing up,” said Ben. “To be on the other side and create an experience for others during their time at the stadium … it was fun and surreal.”
In July 2019, Ben accepted a new position, across the street from Camden Yards. He now serves as a Catering Manager at M&T Bank Stadium, where he oversees catering operations when the Ravens play at home, as well as for private parties and events held at the stadium on non-game days. His job requires a lot of practical knowledge, much of which he says he gained as a student at HCC.
“The program gives students a true working knowledge of what is going on and changing in the food and beverage industry, and that is what helps you stand out once you are applying for and starting a new job,” said Ben, who remains involved at HCC to this day, serving as a member of the advisory committee for the hospitality programs, as a way of giving back. “The things I learned at HCC, combined with the connections I made in the industry during my time as a student, have absolutely helped me get to where I am in my career. The program is top notch.”
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