“Life isn’t black and white, and life isn’t a straight line. Sometimes it’s hard when you’re young, ambitious, and have big dreams, but everything happens for a reason. You need to pivot and take these opportunities when they’re given to you.”
Leading Fenway Park’s food and beverage operations as Senior Director, Casey’s day-to-day during the offseason at Fenway Park involves planning meetings, menu development, spending time with suppliers, sourcing new products, hiring new talent, and serving as Aramark’s point of contact with clients, but in her opinion, the offseason doesn’t exist at Fenway. She enjoys the 365-day nature of the ballpark, where there is rarely a day without an event.
“Being busy is a good problem to have, and business here keeps growing. We just held the NHL Winter Classic, and that was a big feather in my cap, personally. I was fortunate enough to be the point of contact with the NHL, and it was a major success for Aramark – one of the largest revenue days that Fenway Park has ever had from a food and beverage standpoint.”
Casey applauds not only the support she receives from her teammates, but also the unwavering support from leaders who have encouraged her to pursue her personal interests, one of which has been returning to the field of education.
BU SHA brings students on a tour of Fenway Park every year. After developing a strong relationship with the Boston Red Sox, Casey was invited to join the tour, giving students insight into Aramark’s operations at the ballpark. She kept in touch with the contacts she had made from BU SHA over the years, which helped when one professor asked her if she had ever considered teaching.
After speaking with BU SHA staff and Aramark leadership, Casey took a leap of faith once again – this time to become an Part-Time Lecturer for a course focused on special events and operations that began this spring.
“There was so much support from my team and leaders to pursue this opportunity in addition to my role at Fenway. Allison Birdwell, President of Aramark Sports + Entertainment, sits on the board at BU. When she was in Boston for the Winter Classic, I was so excited to share my news with her, and she couldn’t have been happier for me. My General Manager and Vice President were very supportive as well. This is great for my career, but it’s also great for Aramark to build a stronger relationship with BU.”
Casey is a strong proponent of networking. Currently, she is a Board Member of the New England chapter of Skål and also sits on the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Hospitality & Tourism Board.
“It’s so important to get yourself out there, and the topic of networking is really something I try to drive home with my team. Making connections in this industry is so important. Getting the Aramark name out more in Boston, especially with its rich education system, has been a big push of mine since I moved here.”