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James Larkin

Jay Larkin

Associate Professor
Elston Hall, Room 514

B.S., Restaurant, Hotel, Institutional, and Tourism Management, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
A.A.S., Hotel and Restaurant Management, SUNY Schenectady County Community College
SUNY Chancellor's Award for Faculty Service 2021

Jay has been with SUNY Schenectady County Community College for 10 years. After earning his A.A.S. in Hotel Restaurant Management from SUNY Schenectady in 1991, he continued his education while completing the Bachelor of Science in Restaurant, Hotel, Institutional and Tourism Management at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Jay’s drive and passion for hospitality provided many opportunities to manage a wide range of establishments. Upon graduation he managed 2 nightclubs near Purdue’s campus before moving to Nashville, Tennessee to manage several fine dining locations at Gaylord Entertainment’s Opryland Hotel. From Opryland, Jay moved to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, managing both locations in Nashville and Memphis Tennessee. In 1998 Jay relocated to Miami, Florida and began working for Ryder Transportation. While applying years of customer service expertise he was promoted to sales and relocated back to the Greater Capital District. After almost 10 years of highly successful sales and marketing, Jay could not pass up on an opportunity to come back to SUNY Schenectady and teach his passion in hospitality and beverage.

Jay’s expertise and skills from guest service, training and development, and sales and marketing to beverage management and most importantly the responsible service of alcohol, are displayed daily whether at SUNY Schenectady or out in the field working a myriad of hospitality based positions. Most recently Jay undertook the opportunity to author both the Beverage Management Concentration A.A.S. degree and the Craft Beer Brewing A.A.S. degree at SUNY Schenectady. He is the lead instructor for both programs.

He is certified by Health Communications Inc. to train and certify students and professionals in TIPS (Training in Prevention Services) or the responsible service of alcohol, a founding member of the Albany Food Alliance that pairs students with community volunteer opportunities, a member of the Board of Advisors for Blue Toad Hard Cider of Rochester, NY and is very active with the planning and execution of the Sips for Scholarships Craft Beverage Pairing Dinners in coordination with the Banquet Management and Quantitative Foods classes. The Sips for Scholarships events raise funds for scholarship in the beverage related programs at SUNY Schenectady.

Recent Creative/Scholarly Work/Publications

Authored Craft Spirits Distillation A.A.S., Fall 2017

Authored Craft Beer Brewing A.A.S., Summer 2015

Authored Hotel Restaurant Management Beverage Concentration A.A.S., Summer 2014