Kevin Cuddihy is the author of a new Christmas book, an editor for a local sports publishing company and has lived in the Fairfax community for many years. He is this week’s People Profile.
Number of years in the community: I've lived in the Greenbriar area of Fairfax since 1978, so 27 years.
Family: None, single.
Education: Graduated from Virginia Tech in 1995. Go Hokies!
Current job/primary occupation? Acquisitions editor in sports publishing for Potomac Books, Inc.
Achievements: Co-author of the great new book “Christmas's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Kris Kringles, Merry Jingles, and Holiday Cheer” with Phillip Metcalfe; starting goalkeeper of division champion Cereal Killers indoor soccer team; multiple-time winner of Washington Post Style Invitational Contest; and, baker of World's Best Brownies (unofficial).
Activities/interests/hobbies? I play sports at the Fairfax Sportsplex (indoor soccer and wallyball) and the Fairfax Racquet Club (wallyball). I enjoy reading, photography, baking, and watching sports.
Favorite local restaurant or place in the community? By far my favorite restaurant in the community is the Buffalo Wing Factory. Thirty kinds of wings, all sorts of flavors. It's wingalicious!
What are your community concerns? What are some ideas you have on ways to improve your community? Like most, traffic is a concern. I'm encouraged by the work done on Route 28 to build overpasses, and think the continuation of those will be outstanding.
What brought you here? Well, I was 5 when I moved here, so my father's job transfer brought me here.
What community "hidden treasure" do you think more people should know about? Wow, that's a tough one. I'd say the Buffalo Wing Factory is one of them, that's for sure. The Fairfax Sportsplex is great, but it's also crowded so I'm not sure how "hidden" it is. Overall, though, I'd say the Greenbriar Towne Center. Not many others from the area I speak with know about it, but it has great stores, quality restaurants, and lots of fun places to shop.
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you "grew up?" When I was much younger, starting shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles. Once I realized I wasn't quite good enough, I shifted focus to some area of the media. I went back and forth between radio, TV and writing, with mainly just an interest in working with some form of communication. Working now with sports books, I think I've combined the two nicely.
Where do you see yourself in five years? I'd love to be with the same company, putting together more and more quality sports books and making a bigger name for the company and our authors.
Personal goals? I've written one book already, which was a goal of mine. I'd love to write another if the subject presents itself and it's something that would be as fun as the Christmas book.