Vincent R. Komenda
Vincent was born in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Denver, Colorado. He moved to Toledo, Ohio as a small child and then to the Cleveland area for his teen years. He graduated from Parma Senior High School.
After that, the United States Navy became his home where he was stationed at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on the USS Cimmaron AO-177 for four years of active duty. That included a western Pacific tour with operations in the North Arabian Sea and stops in Australia, Africa, The Philippines, American Samoa, Vancouver British Columbia, Adak Alaska, Mexico and California. After another four years on inactive reserve duty in Ohio, he proudly received an Honorable Discharge.
In college at KSU, he worked for the Daily Kent Stater. Starting in delivery, he then moved into the composition and advertising department, and also held a regular opinion page column for several years. He also briefly interned in the news department of WKSU before graduating with his Political Science Degree.
His first job out of college was with the Record Courier as a reporter. It took him to all parts of Portage County, where he gathered a great understanding and appreciation of the people and places this area has to offer.
Vincent then gained many life lessons during his brief employment stop at the BMA Media Group in Cleveland. This firm specializes in work for Trade Unions and the Labor Movement.
Then ready to make it on his own, self employment followed with his companies Komenda Solutions and Limeseed Productions. The publication of the glossy and informative Kent Student Recreation & Fun Guide for several years was the hallmark of his complete personal employment. Although, selling advertising for KSU Athletics was always a very satisfying part of the work he did as well. The thought of helping support that fine group of atheletes and staff always brings a smile to Vincent.
With the onset of the recession, the downturn in advertising revenue and continued death of print media, Vincent looked for some solid ground and took a job at the iconic American corporate icon, Starbucks.
After about three years of excessive, wonderful caffine injected stimulative work at the Aurora and Kent stores, Vincent moved on and took a job for a Political and Market research firm during the run-up to the 2010 elections.
Currently, he still does a little work with bands for Limeseed Productions, and paints houses on the side.
Most importantly though, he has joined the Patch legion in an effort to bring you the best local coverage possible.