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Taking lessons he learned as a high school and college athlete has made Josh McDermott determined, efficient and effective! Combine that with help from great coworkers, and McDermott is confident that your event will be all that you’ve imagined — and, more!

What is your job title? What do you do, day to day? 

I’m Robert Ryan Catering & Design’s operations manager. My job includes tasks such as preparing venues for the upcoming events, including all the equipment and supplies that are necessary to run a successful event.


How long have you worked for Robert Ryan Catering & Design?

I began working for Robert Ryan in May 2021.


How would you describe Robert Ryan Catering & Design to a potential client or employee?

Robert Ryan Catering & Design is a company that will work with you so all of your dreams come true. We’re very detail-oriented, and do our best to provide our clients the best service imaginable. If that interests you, then you’d love working here.


Where did you grow up? What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I grew up in Philadelphia. When I was a kid, like most young boys, I always dreamt of being a professional athlete. Challenging myself physically has always been a passion of mine, whether it was on the football field, ice hockey rink or baseball field — that’s where I felt as though I always excelled.


What do you love most about your job?

The part that I love most about my job is the coworkers I am surrounded by on a daily basis. Everyone is so nice and helpful. They have made me feel welcome since day one! We’re all working toward the same goal: to provide our clients with lifelong memories. The task is that much easier when you’re surrounded by coworkers who help each other as much as our employees do.


Tell us something about yourself that no one would know just by looking at you.

Something that no one would know just by looking at me is that I was a college ice hockey player, and also was recruited out of my junior hockey team to play prep school hockey in Connecticut.


What do you do for fun outside of work?

Outside of work I like to do a lot of physical activities, like taking my dog, Riley, on hikes, or hitting the gym to strength train.


What would be your desert island last meal?

Cheese pizza!

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Robert Ryan Catering and Design plans and executes over 400 events each year, boasts a five-star rating on WeddingWire and has received WeddingWire’s Couple’s Choice/Bride’s Choice Award seven years in a row. Learn more about Robert Ryan Catering & Design and tour our venues. Subscribe to our e-newsletter for exclusive offers, up-to-date news and recipes from our executive chef.

Nina Malone

Featured photo courtesy of Josh McDermott