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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

Faculty and Staff

Kevin M. Ayres, M.H.R.T.M., C.C.M.

Title: Instructor
M.S., B.S.
Department: School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management
Phone: 803-777-6607
Fax: 803-777-1224

Carolina Coliseum Room 1016 C

Kevin M. Ayres


M.S., Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management, University of South Carolina, 1999
B. S., Hotel Management, University of Nevada, Las Vegas 1987

After graduating from UNLV, Kevin Ayres started his career with Marriott in the foodservice division and ran airport operations in Las Vegas and Cleveland before coming to the education division at the University of South Carolina. At South Carolina, Ayres spent six years overseeing the operation of Williams-Brice stadium as well as the Carolina Coliseum. During the summer months he was responsible for the concession and catering operation at Capital City Stadium for the Capital City Bombers. Ayres was a member of the conversion team at Augusta National Golf Club for The Masters helping with the transition from an outside vendor to an in-house concession operation.

Ayres owns and serves as president for State Street Snacks. State Street Snacks is a manufacturer of gourmet popcorns sold at The Masters, Wal-Mart, Cracker Barrel and Rite-Aid stores throughout the country.

Areas of expertise

Small business startups
Concession event management
Food Safety and Sanitation (Serve-Safe Instructor)
Airport Operations

Honors  and awards

HRTM Teacher of the Year 2010-2011
HRSM Harry E. and Carmen S. Varney Distinguished Teacher of the Year 2012-2013


HRTM 421 - Hospitality Financial Methods
HRTM 490 - Hospitality Strategy Management
HRTM 376 - On-Site Food Service Management
HRTM 260 - Hotel Management Physical Plant Design

Student group leadership

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) 2012-Present
National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) 2009-2012

Professional affiliations

National Association of Collegiate Concessionaires (NACC)
Former National Board Member NACC
National Association of Concessionaires (NAC)