MET around Town

Featuring Q&A with MET alumni living and working around Boston.

Select a MET alum to find out what he or she is up to around Boston. Or, submit your answers to our questions for a chance to represent “MET around Town.”

  1. MET Alumni and New England Mobile Book Fair owner Tom Lyons

    Tom Lyons (MET’76)

    BS in Business
    CEO, New England Mobile Book Fair

  2. MET Alumni, Director of Communications, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Tim Sullivan

    Tim Sullivan (MET’06)

    MS in Advertising
    Director of Communications, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

  3. MET Alumni, MLA in Gastronomy, Owner Nonna Soup, Anina Marie Kostecki

    Anina Marie Kostecki (MET’12)

    MLA in Gastronomy
    Owner, Nonna Soup

Tom Lyons

BS in Business, CEO, New England Mobile Book Fair

MET Alumni and New England Mobile Book Fair owner Tom Lyons

Crazy? The Man Bought a Bookstore

Read about Tom Lyons and his acquisition of New England’s largest independent bookstore, the New England Mobile Book Fair. Find the full story at BU Today.

What is great about working in Boston?

Boston has sports, culture, and history. It’s youthful and vibrant. I’ve lived in California and in New York City, but I always come back to Boston—it is home.

What activities do you enjoy the most?

For sports, I like golf, swimming, and boating of all kinds. I enjoy the arts, and I am a writer. I wrote a western, and am working on a mystery. And, of course, as a bookseller I love books. I usually have five or six that I’m reading at the same time.

Has your BU degree helped you make connections locally?

I have been a road warrior for thirty-plus years, and wasn’t in Boston for a lot of that time. But, recently, I connected with Dean Halfond and spoke with the editor of Bostonia, who referred me to BU Today. It was certainly because I am an alumnus that these connections were made—and they are helping with my current endeavor at the New England Mobile Book Fair.

What’s the best advice you were ever given?

Do what is right, not what is expected.

Do you have any advice for MET students?

Make every class count, focus on what you want and need from the College, and, above all, try to end up doing what you want to do, not doing something that is just a job.

Tim Sullivan

MS in Advertising, Director of Communications, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

MET Alumni, Director of Communications, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Tim Sullivan

Shifting into an Advertising Career: The Inside Scoop at BU

Hear Tim Sullivan and a panel of agency insiders discuss how to make the transition into a career in communications.
Watch the video »

What is great about working in Boston?

Working in what is truly one of the health care centers of the world means each day I get to collaborate with some of the best and brightest in medicine.

What activities do you enjoy the most?

I’m surrounded by technology all day, so I try to get to simple, quiet places with my wife and two young children. We go camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, and, in the winter, snowshoeing. Whatever I’m doing with my kids is automatically the best part of any day.

Has your BU degree helped you make connections locally?

I’ve been fortunate to stay connected to BU as an instructor and facilitator for MET’s online master’s in Health Communication program. I also collaborate professionally with many of my classmates from BU on advertising and marketing projects.

What’s the best advice you were ever given?

More than advice, my professors and classmates at MET gave me confidence. They always made me feel that no challenge could be too big. I still hold on to that every day.

Do you have any advice for MET students?

Be bold and believe in yourself. If you have a goal in mind, just go for it. Also, cherish the relationships you make with your classmates; many times they’ll be your connection to new careers and adventures.

Anina Marie Kostecki

MLA in Gastronomy, Owner, Nonna Soup

MET Alumni, MLA in Gastronomy, Owner Nonna Soup, Anina Marie Kostecki

What is great about working in Boston?

It’s wonderful to work in a city where you can fully experience the seasons at the local markets. For me, the surge in farmer’s markets, in and around the Boston area, is a wonderful part of the city’s food culture.

What activities do you enjoy the most?

I really enjoy dismembering live crustaceans and drowning them in bourbon cream sauce.

Has your BU degree helped you make connections locally?

My BU degree has helped me to launch a brand new career. The Gastronomy curriculum honed the skills I needed to become a small business owner, but the network of people I was introduced to, particularly in the Culinary Arts Program (led by Rebecca Alssid), have mentored me and continue to be my best cheerleaders. The relationships I’ve made in the Boston food and gastronomy industry are absolutely the most valuable part of my degree.

What’s the best advice you were ever given?

Do what you love, the rest will follow.

Do you have any advice for MET students?

No matter how scary or overwhelming it may seem, take that chance. It’s okay to not be sure, and it’s okay to make mistakes. It’s even okay to fail. But if you don’t try something because you’re afraid, all you will have are regrets.

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