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Meet the Professor: Tom Marchese

Wednesday, September 7 2016 12:00am

Executive-in-Residence Tom Marchese brings 30 years of marketing experience to the classroom.

Tom_Marchese01_bws.jpgBy Magda Stepien

With 30 years of corporate marketing under his belt, Tom Marchese came to the College of Business to share his passion for marketing with students. Marchese built his professional career in marketing roles for several well-known brands including Crayola, Bob Evans, Wendy’s, and Hershey.   

From glue to chocolate, Marchese uses his experiences to enrich his lectures. He believes his teaching style is “just a little different.”

“I use my corporate experience to give students a different perspective,” said Marchese. “They learn how to overcome the industry challenges I’ve faced, think outside the box, and become leaders in marketing.”

Instead of focusing solely on textbooks, Marchese uses his career experience to develop case studies that will help his students understand real-world situations they will face in their future.   

Executive-in-Residence Marchese teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses within the Marketing department and serves as Associate Director of the College of Business Honors Program.

This semester, Marchese is teaching three Business Cluster classes and one Professional MBA class. He enjoys working closely with the students in the Cluster program where teamwork is a huge component.

“I love teaching both undergraduate and graduate students,” said Marchese. “A highlight of working with undergraduate students is being able to mentor students through their college careers. And I love the way graduate students are self-motivated; they always come to class eager to learn more.”

Marchese enjoys being part of the College of Business and embraces the Business Bobcat family. While the students in his class continue to change each semester, his zeal for marketing never does. 

-Potpourri-

Do you have a favorite place to eat in Athens or on campus?

My wife is going to be so embarrassed, but my favorite place to eat is the Boyd Dining Hall. I enjoy the convenience of a dining hall and running into students.

Do you have a favorite spot on Ohio University’s campus?

The golf course is my favorite spot! I have a membership so I can go out between classes and don’t have to feel bad about not finishing a nine-hole round. 

Which season do you like best in Athens?

Fall is the best season; Not only is the weather ideal for hiking, but it’s great to see all the students back on campus. I love the high energy around campus.  

What events have you enjoyed in Athens?

There are so many great events in Athens. The music festivals are always enjoyable, but my wife and I are extremely passionate about going to OHIO Women’s Volleyball games. We rarely miss a game and love to support the team. 

What have you liked most about working with students and faculty at Ohio University’s College of Business?

The College is such a close-knit community. I enjoy teaching in the College because of the team environment and collaboration.