Thomas & Mallory Odom
Thomas Odom graduated in December of 2008 with a Business Marketing Degree. He graduated a semester late because he took a semester off to hike the Appalachian Trail. While at North Georgia, Thomas was active in the Corps of Cadets, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and an Intro Leader. After graduating, he began his sales career in Atlanta. After being hired as a marketing representative for Federated Insurance, Thomas moved to Minnesota and then back to Dahlonega. He now handles the Northeast Georgia territory for Federated and works out of his house in Dahlonega. He has been with Federated for 7 years and loves working with the businesses of Northeast Georgia.
Thomas is also active in helping the local community. He is on the Connectability Board of Directors, a local non-profit that helps create communities where people of all abilities are valued, included, and empowered! He also serves on the Dahlonega Jaycees. This group puts on the Gold Rush festival in order to raise money so that they can pour it back into the community.
Mallory Odom graduated in May 2009 from the Education program. While at North Georgia, Mallory was involved in Phi Mu and worked in the Education Department. Upon graduating and getting married, Mallory began substitute teaching in various counties and even in Minnesota. Upon returning to GA with Thomas, she was hired full-time in Gainesville. After 5 years of full-time teaching, Mallory is now substitute teaching locally at 3 elementary schools. She loves anytime she gets to work with children. Mallory is also very active in the Dahlonega Jaycees as well as with the Creekstone Church children’s program.
Thomas and Mallory have been married for 9 years and love living in Dahlonega with their chocolate lab, Chaco.
How did UNG benefit your career?
The school benefited me (Thomas) in multiple ways. The corps of cadets instilled discipline and time management. It also helped define who I am as a leader. The people around me at school were a big part of where I am today. Dora Ditchfield, in career services, is the only reason I got the career that I have. The friends who I met through the corps, most of which are now actively serving, helped to destroy my pride. Pride in leadership will destroy you. The amazing people around me at school showed me what true leadership, humility, and grace look like. These are things I still carry with me today.
How do you stay involved as an Alumni?
I (Thomas) am still involved with my professors and Dora in career services as the department and Federated Insurance have a relationship. We try and find students who may be a good fit for the company in marketing or other areas. I also stay involved with the Fraternity as time allows as well as attend sporting events.