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I had the pleasure of speaking with Brian Levine, Retail Operations Manager of the Dining Services staff. The Coop is Brian’s home base on campus. He loves to spend time with his family and interact with Haverford students. Be sure to say hello when you see him! Read more to learn about his hobbies, passion for his job, and time before Haverford!
- Where may students see you on campus?
Brian manages the Coop, so you will likely see him there. However, as Retail Operations Manager, he is also in charge of the Library Café and all the vending machines on campus. One of the wonderful aspects of the Dining Services staff he continually noted is its collaborative nature, so you may see him at the Dining Center when help is needed as well.
- What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Family is extremely important to Brian, so he loves spending free time with his six grandchildren in Delaware, not too far from his home here, in Delaware County. He enjoys spending time outside with them, whether it be at a beach or park. Brian emphasized how much he loves being outdoors, as it is his favorite way to relax. He also likes watching the Investigation Discovery network and is a huge Philadelphia sports fan.
- What did you do while growing up? What is your family like?
Brian grew up in Northern Delaware. He played football for over five years and spent much time fishing and working on cars. He has four siblings, an older brother, an older sister, a twin brother, and a younger brother. You have probably seen his twin brother Bruce Levine around the Dining Center, as he is the Resident Operations Manager on the Dining Services staff. Brian grew up with a dog and is certainly an animal person, as is the rest of his family. His older sister was even the Director of the Delaware Humane Association at one point.
- What is your favorite part of your job at Haverford?
His favorite part of the job is interacting with students, whether giving advice or sparking a conversation. Brian wants to help students in any way he can, especially given the rigor at Haverford and the general difficulties that come with being a college student, such as being away from home. Brian also enjoys the smaller community at Haverford since it is easier to become familiar with regulars and learn students’ names.
- What other jobs have you had?
Brian has worked numerous jobs in the food and retail business. He actually worked at Haverford in the 2000s. Fortunately, in 2018, Brian came back as the Retail Operations Assistant to help launch the Library Café. Other than Haverford, he and his twin brother Bruce founded a deli in Havertown, called Harold’s Deli, which was named after their uncle. He also worked as a manager at a grocery store and as a part of the Dining Services team at Villanova University.
- What is your inspiration for getting involved in the food and retail industry?
Brian has always been passionate about food and retail since it is a people-oriented business. He enjoys getting to know students and working with the Dining Services team in such a tight-knit environment, where even though their job is to make food for over a thousand people, they take pride in finding a way to make it feel homemade.