Alumni spotlight: Chris Carmody, MBA '97
Weatherheadlines recently sat down with Chris Carmody, MBA'97, to learn more about his pivotal role in bringing production companies to Greater Cleveland, his Weatherhead experiences, and his love of the arts and culture in Cleveland.
Q: What is your current title and position? What does your current job entail?
My official title is president, Greater Cleveland Film Commission. In this role, I run the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, which is an organization that brings movie, television and commercial production to Greater Cleveland. I also help production companies with all logistics involved. The Spider-Man 3 movie shooting on Euclid Avenue last year is a recent example of what we do. In addition, I do advocacy with local and state government to create unique economic advantages to shooting here.
Q: What brought you to the Weatherhead School?
The key factors were the flagship program (the Learning Plan) and the international diversity.
Q: With regards to your Weatherhead experience, how has it been relevant to your current position?
I was G.B.S.A. president, which gave me experience in working with a group in terms of allocating resources. Working in teams on case studies was useful, and the Learning Plan process helped me find out what kind of jobs I did not want to pursue.
Q: How does your current position most benefit Cleveland and the surrounding Northeast Ohio region?
We have a very high return on investment for the community, and bringing film production helps the economy, creating good paying jobs -- generally union with pension and benefits -- for carpenters, electricians, truck drivers and the like.
The rest of the expenditures are on local goods and services, from hotels to rental cars to groceries. For example, we have brought $55 million in direct spending here since 1998.
Q: What is your favorite Weatherhead memory?
We created the Weatherhead Business Symposium and Casino Night while I was there; both were exciting in their own ways.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
When I have a free moment, I enjoy reading.
Q: What is the most recent good book you’ve read or that you would like to recommend?
I recommend The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.
Q: What is the best aspect of living and working in Cleveland/Northeast Ohio?
The arts and cultural assets here match many larger cities.