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Cory
O'Donnell

Marketing Manager

Cory joined O‑A‑K in 2021 after serving Southwest Florida in the media industry as a marketer, journalist, and digital editor with a passion for presentation, video and storytelling. His 15 years as a journalist in local television, print and digital helped him connect with local leaders and share the story of our community. In Cory's current role, he works with his O‑A‑K teammates to share the company's story, oversees campaigns supporting our projects and partners, and building a better, stronger community.

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WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED WORKING AT O‑A‑K?

I believe that the lifeblood of every company and project is our people. My teammates at O‑A‑K are among the best I've ever worked with -- and that's what makes my job in marketing so much fun. They say 'do what you love' and I love to brag about my O‑A‑K teammates and all of their great work. I love how we serve our clients and partners with great customer care and build projects that exceed expectations.

HOW DID YOUR JOURNEY WITH O‑A‑K BEGIN?

I got a call out of the blue from my good friend, Jan-Erik. He was looking for a new teammate to join him and Jeanette in telling the O‑A‑K story. I had admired O‑A‑K's sterling reputation in Southwest Florida for many years during my time in the media and I relished the opportunity to learn more and be a part of something special. One week later -- and I landed on a great team with O‑A‑K. Getting the opportunity to join this team and tell our story is a passion of mine and I'm so fortunate to help build on our great company culture.

WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

I enjoy living the Florida lifestyle, lounging at the pool with friends and family, dominating on trivia night, playing men's league softball, and watching all of my favorite teams compete on the field (Go Chiefs!). I especially love my wife Kirsten and our cat Sparkle and we can't wait to embark on our next cruise around the Caribbean. I was raised in the Midwest, but Florida is my forever home -- and I love sharing that with family and friends -- and learning something new every day.