Hello, my name is Brian Ludwig. I attended high school at Garden Spot in New Holland. I then went to Penn State University to major in food services and motel management. I was active in sports in High School and at Penn State I was given the opportunity to work with the gymnastic team to help manage, train and coach. It fulfilled two of my biggest interests, food service and athletic training. Penn State had an excellent food service program and they had an excellent gymnastic program. The year I graduated, the gymnastic team took first place in the nation. I was blessed to work under Gene Wettstone, the gymnastic head coach and gained much valuable information on development and motivation of athletics. I found this to be significant training grounds for learning how to manage food service employees in the future. I thoroughly loved Penn State. The athletic department offered me a full scholarship to receive my Master's degree if I would continue my work with various sports teams. As much as I loved the aspect, I felt it was time to begin my career in food service.
After college, I came to work for Tom Zeager at Family Time restaurant. I managed four restaurants for Mr. Zeager and when he purchased Hershey Farm in 1992, I fell in love with the facility. I was given the opportunity to manage Hershey Farm from 1992-2005. It is an awesome place to work. I still was able to stay in touch with gymnastics and became close friends with Vitaly Scherbo, who in 1992 won 6 gold metals in the Olympics. He spent much time at Penn State so I had a great connection for meeting Vitaly.
Food service and sports have been great for me. I love Hershey Farm and I love training athletes. At the present time I am the retail manager at Hershey Farm. I also do weight training for high school wrestlers. My main focus though, along with my role at Hershey Farm, is being more involved in Christian ministry. I teach 3 bible studies a week and find that to be extremely fulfilling.
I have truly been blessed with my opportunity at Penn State and working for Mr. Zeager and now with a major focus on Christian ministry. I also enjoy writing. I have written 4 short Christian books and plan on writing more in the future.