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Meet Conventures! Part of an ongoing blog series to introduce you to all the great people who make up our team. We hope you enjoy this opportunity to get to know us a bit better.

Alex Mrusek

Account Executive, Sports Events

Hometown: Red Bank, New Jersey
Years at Conventures: 4 years as an intern/sub-contractor (2017–2020), 3 years full-time (2021–now)

Young Alex going down a yellow slideWhen did you start working here? And B.C. (Before Conventures) — work, school?
I started working at Conventures in March of 2017 as an intern during my freshman year of college. After my freshman year, I came back periodically to help with events as needed. Then was a subcontractor for a Summer in 2019, and ultimately came back to Conventures full-time in April of 2021 after the pandemic.

Life B.C. I graduated from Bryant University in 2020 studying marketing and communications while working in admissions, founding a club basketball team, and participating in some other student activities and organizations (Go Dawgs!). I had two other summer internships in digital and strategic marketing in New Jersey while coaching at basketball camps for my high school coaches and working as a bouncer at Jersey Shore bars.

What piece of advice would you give someone just starting out in events? Anything you wish you’d known?
Some advice I’d give to someone starting in events is to be ready for everything and be able to learn from everything. You can plan for an event to go perfectly, but there is always something that may arise. What matters most is how you react and adapt to these things so you can solve them and ensure an event goes smoothly.

One thing I wish I knew was that it was okay to make a mistake, as long as I learn from that mistake, and it doesn’t happen twice. Starting out at Conventures, I put so much pressure on myself to make sure everything went perfectly, but I’ve since learned that not everything will go 100% as planned and things will go wrong, it depends on how you right that wrong and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Alex working an event while wearing a radio headsetMost important skill you’ve learned working at Conventures?
It’s definitely the skill of time management and prioritizing tasks. I’ve learned that with the amount of events we do, it’s important to effectively manage our time so everything gets done right and in a timely manner. It’s important to be proactive in the planning process rather than reactive.

What’s your number-one, must-have item at all events?
I forgot to pack snippers in a Disaster Kit for one of my first events… I will never, EVER do that again

Proudest moment working at Conventures?
Working the 2021 Medal of Honor Convention. Don’t get me wrong, it was a lot of work putting on 30+ events in the span of 7 days, but it was the greatest experience being able to meet the Medal of Honor recipients and their families, and that made it all beyond worth it.

Alex in a gym playing basketballIf you could work at any major event in the world, which one would you choose and why?
That is a tough question… I’d have to say the Super Bowl or NBA Finals are some dream events, NBA All-Star Weekend is up there as well. Growing up, I was so invested in these sports/events, that it would be a surreal experience to plan them and see them come to fruition.

Friends are visiting Boston for the first time. Where do you take them?
A Conventures event, of course! I’d probably take them to a Celtics game at the Garden or a Red Sox game at Fenway… it’s a great way to immerse somebody in Boston’s culture. Dinner in the North End is also a must. Ending the night somewhere with live music.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
My Grandmom’s pot roast and mashed potatoes… there’s nothing better.

When you aren’t working, where could we find you?
When I’m not working, you can find me at the office gym, playing basketball in my men’s leagues, watching sports/TV, playing Madden, or out in the city with friends. If it’s nice out during the summer, I’ll be at the beach or on a hike.

And finally, give us one of your hype up songs… please.
It’s hard to choose just one… Some of my go-tos are “Forever” by Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, & Eminem, “Used To” by Drake and Lil Wayne, “Last Breath” by Future, “Better Now” by Post Malone, and a sleeper is “Winner” by Jamie Foxx and Justin Timberlake.