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Pittsburgh Technical Institute instructor John Nagy received the Lamp of Knowledge Award for Outstanding U.S. Educator from The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.
By Adam Smeltz
Monday, May 12, 2014, 10:03 a.m.

Noteworthy: The Florida-based American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute recognized Nagy this month with its 2014 Lamp of Knowledge Award for an Outstanding U.S. Educator. The prize honors a commitment to advancing professionalism and education in the hospitality industry.

Residence: Squirrel Hill

Age: 61

Family: Brothers, Dr. Michael Nagy of Bloomington, Ind., and Cabby Nagy and Terry Nagy of the Greenfield area; sister, Kim Horn of Penn Hills; late sister, Diane Nagy

Occupation: Instructor in restaurant and hospitality management at Pittsburgh Technical Institute, Oakdale

Background: Nagy grew up in Oakland and started his career at a Howard Johnson hotel in the neighborhood. He worked in a variety of jobs at the Omni William Penn, the University Club and other hotels in Pittsburgh and Florida. He joined PTI about 15 years ago.

Education: Associate degree in hospitality management from PTI and bachelor's degree in general studies from Point Park University in the 1990s; professional certification from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute.

Quote: “I like to bring successful graduates in the industry back into the classroom so they can talk to the students. When students are hearing from a graduate, they seem to be understanding a little more and feel relaxed to ask some questions.”

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