Author Archive for Adam T

Part-time MBA student

What’s Next for PyeongChang

As the closing ceremony closed out the Olympics in PyeonChang and the Paralympics begin to set up shop, the big question on many minds is what’s next. South Korea wanted to make PyeongChang a winter destination for the Asian world, but most are not convinced. With the lack of accessibility, a under populated workforce to serve the masses South Korea…

When in Rome (or Canada House)

Only the Olympics can bring countries and people to accept and invite one another like we are all actually humans, and the country houses were no exception. Everyone regularly cheers on other countries while visiting those houses, and sometimes even wears the colors. The experience of seeing so many people happy to associate with other nationalities was very enlightening and…

Why the Majority of Volunteers Were Women

As most who traveled to PyeongChang probably noticed, the vast majority of Korean volunteers were women do I was very curious as to why. Well talking to the ones I had the pleasure of meeting, they were volunteering to to help build their resume and experience. While interesting, what was more peculiar is why not as many men were doing…

Better That Expected

When I realized I was working g the gold medal event for figure skating, I was kind of neutral on the event. My first choice was hockey and had no interest in figure skating. A few times I even considered trading events to give someone who would appreciate it the chance to go. Well the event came and I had…

Olympics in Seoul

Walking around Seoul it was almost like the Olympics were not even going on two hours away. There were few official stores, information desks, and a countdown. In the Bank of Korea, however, was a hint of legacy being built; the Olympic commemorative coin set. They are not available yet, or on display. It also was not clear what country…

Pop Up K-Pop

In the athlete villages there are always cultural events happening, but surprisingly most of the attendees are the volunteers, unless it’s K-Pop! At the PyeongChang Athlete Village, a group jumped on the stage (in shorts none the less) and started a party. Within minutes a large crowd of athletes and volunteers alike were formed around the stage. While the group…

No NHL?

According to reports, the NHL wanted $10 million USD to replace lost revenue and release the NHL players for the Olympics. The IOC did not pay up, and according to spectators, it has cost in ticket sales. The thought that the Olympic hockey teams are not the best of the best has resulted in many not wanting to pay for…

New Friends!

  One of the most engaging aspects of working in an international event is overcoming language barriers to find a common sense of friendship. While most if the time with the security guards and volunteers is teaching each other words and sentences, those are learned to explain or describe food, culture, home life, etc. It was great getting to know…

USA House and Lisa Baird Visit

Visiting the USA House and getting marketing and event management insight from Lisa Baird and Lisa Kangley was a great experience. Getting their thoughts on how to think about marketing and sponsorships for Team USA as well as where the team is looking to go, was very insightful.   One very interesting point she made was about the Paralympic Committee,…

The Money Situation

As I exited the airport and wanted to ensure I had some local cash for food, bus ticket, train, etc. things got confusing fast. As I approached the Global ATM machine located near the exits of the airport, a woman from England was spewing vulgar language at the machine and quickly pointed out to me there was no “English” button.…