I guess introductions are in order: I’m Alex!
This post will be a mix of who I am in a personal and professional sense, because those two sides of my life and my personality are very much connected. (However, this post will not cover the story of how I became involved with theatre. If you’re interested in reading more about that, click here!)
I grew up in Bucks County, PA, just outside of Philadelphia, so I am on Team Wawa, I say “wooder” ice, and
cheesesteaks and soft pretzels have always been go-to foods for me! (Edit: I’m a vegetarian now so cheesesteaks probably shouldn’t be on that list anymore…)
I have two wonderful parents who somehow managed to raise me and my three other siblings without going completely insane, and I am very thankful to be surrounded and supported by all of them (and my extended family as well). Bailey, the family dog, is boxer-hound mix and pretty much runs the house. The day we adopted her she gave us each and actual HUG, with her paws around our necks, and we were sold right then and there. I am also incredibly fortunate to have friends around the world who love me unconditionally and keep me grounded as well. Lastly, to my professional network, thank you for your guidance and for providing me with keys to open doors to the adventures I’ve already gone and and those I have yet to start. I would be remiss not to mention the foundational role all these people (and animals) have played in my life. To all of you, I am eternally grateful and thankful.
As I grew up, the Arts were a big part of my life. We played art school around the living room table when I was young, I joined local community theatre groups and choreographed for others as I got older, I played mallets until I graduated high school, and have dabbled in writing, doodling, and various Pinteresting pursuits over the years. I’ve learned a lot about who I am and have been fortunate enough to be able to extract and hone various transferable skills from these endeavors.
As for my education, I went to Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and received a Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management in May 2017 from the School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM). I graduated with honors, Magna Cum Laude; with a minor in General Business; as a member of the University Honors Program; and as an inducted member of the International Hospitality Management Society, Eta Sigma Delta. (P.S. I had the honor of being the keynote speaker for the 2018 induction ceremony!) My next educational pursuit is the Event Leadership Institute’s online Technical Meeting & Event Production Certificate course so stayed tuned to hear how that works out!
Through my education and my career thus far, I’ve had the opportunity to intern and work for a variety of companies on the East Coast. As this blog progresses, I am hoping to pull out some stories from those experiences and share them with everyone. But, the last piece of information I wanted to share in this first blog is the my professional brand statement. Over the last several years, I have been editing and reworking this statement to highlight things that I want my career to reflect. As of right now, I boiled it down to two beliefs and two promises:
…in encouraging people to visualize success, work hard, and exceed their own expectations of themselves; to rise above the constraints they’ve created.
…that all industry experience is relevant experience, and that a diversified experience portfolio is the key to success and innovative thought.
…to take the intangible ideas and concepts of others and transform them into experiences that exceed expectations and leave a lasting, positive, and memorable impact on others and the industry as a whole.
…to create spaces where acceptance is not a stranger, and creativity and artistry are free to grow and inspire.
Well, thanks for stopping by and following my adventures in hospitality, entertainment, and events! I would love for this to be an interactive site, so please send me a message or leave a comment on what you think, stories of your adventures, and even something as simple as your favorite quote. Let’s stay in touch!
All my best,
- Header photo | Headshot by Erica Casbar (2017)
- In-copy collage 1 | Right-most photo by Dan Rodenbach (2017)
- In-copy collage 2 | Left and right photo by Dan Rodenbach (2017)