The One & Only: Tony Snyder

Tony Snyder

*This feature originally appeared in The Budget’s July 26, 2017, Local Edition.

For Tony Snyder, the CEO of Pomerene Hospital, life as one of 10 children has taught him many things.

As the ninth child with five brothers and four sisters, Snyder learned, at an early age, about the power of family. Now, Snyder works as the head of a much larger family at Pomerene Hospital in Millersburg where over 350 people make up a family that cares for patients daily. As the CEO, Snyder has seen many changes in healthcare but he works to stay true to his core values as a hard-working individual because, as he says, if it is worth doing, it is worth doing well.

When it comes to education, Snyder attended the University of Akron where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree. He is also an Ohio State alum as he earned his Masters degree from the university.

Be sure not to impede traffic because slow drivers tend to be a situation Snyder avoids, and read on about this week’s One and Only.

Full name: Tony Snyder

Age: Old enough to know better.

Current residence: Stark County

Family: Married to Janey.  Five sons, Logan, Ryan, Mitch, Anthony & Clay. Daughter-in-law Lauryn, and grandson, Luke.

Occupation: CEO of Pomerene Hospital

Hobbies: Reading, walking, golf, and attending live theater

Favorite television show(s): Not sure I have a favorite but will watch Shark Tank and Law and Order episodes.

Favorite movie(s): I love movies, mostly those with action, drama mystery.  Shawshank Redemption and Godfather II come to mind as good ones.

Last book I read: I do like to read.  Just finished Killing the Rising Sun by Bill O’Reilly.  I also like to read David Baldacci. I just finished his The Fix.

First job: My first job was at an early age, maybe 10 or 11 years old. I shined shoes and did clean up in a barbershop.  I would also get lunch for the barbers.

Worst job: My least favorite job was a summer temp job when I was attending college.  I worked at Sugardale Foods loading trucks with Sugardale products.  I worked Sunday through Thursday 8 p.m. until 4:30 a.m.  After my normal shift, we were required to load semi-trailer trucks with halves and quarter beef sides.

Favorite childhood memory: I remember very fondly my childhood years when the entire family would gather for holidays – especially Christmas.

Favorite music: I like to listen to 70’s music.  But I also enjoy Classical, Opera (especially tenor Luciano  Pavarotti). Broadway music is also great.

Favorite food: I love food. Pasta, pizza and Der Dutchman chicken are some of my favorites.

Best idea(s) I ever had: One idea I had while at Pomerene was to initiate our Amish Service Program.  I believe it has worked out well for the community and Pomerene.

Worst idea: I have had bad ideas no doubt. Too many to choose just one.

Three words that describe me: Not sure how to describe me. I’ll leave that to others.

I am known for my: What am I known for? I hope it is something to do with caring about others.

I’d give anything to meet: I would like to meet a few of the founding fathers, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin. Abe Lincoln would be good too.

The career I fantasize having is: If I could have made a career as a professional singer, I think that would have been fun.

If there is one thing I have learned in life, it is: I’ve learned that hard work pays off. If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right.

People would be surprised to know that: People are generally surprised that I like to cook.  Especially making my own pasta and spaghetti sauce.

If I could give any gift to anyone in the world, it would be: Health and happiness

If given the opportunity, I would ask the president: I would ask why he has to tweet at every hour of the day?

People tell me I remind them of: My dad

Choose a movie title for the story of your life: It’s A Wonderful Life

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Why? I would like to be able to fly. Then I could avoid slow drivers.