Each week the MSBC will conduct a Q&A with two current planning committee members to provide some background on the people working hard to make the 2014 conference a success. This week Sophomore Alex Garwig shares his experience of being on the 2014 MSBC team.
MSBC: Explain your role in the MSBC team and what you are currently doing in preparation for the MSBC 2014 conference.
Garwig: As the Conference and Networking Experience Coordinator, my job can be broadly interpreted as working on anything that can improve the attendee experience and networking that takes place during the conference. Specifically, I have been working on ways to educate attendees, particularly the younger ones, on how exactly they should be networking with peers and speakers at the conference. Also, I have been working on things that can be given out at the conference to make the experience more meaningful and memorable. Of course, I couldn’t do any of this with the help of the rest of the event planning team. We work on a lot of our ideas together as a team.
MSBC: What made you decide to join the MSBC planning committee?
Garwig: More than anything, I joined the MSBC team because of the opportunity to work with other individuals who have ambitious goals and are driven to succeed. I believe working in such an environment makes everybody better. Also, I attended each of the first two conferences, and came away impressed and motivated to keep the event going strong for years to come.
MSBC: What is one goal you would like to accomplish for the MSBC 2014 conference?
Garwig: Given my role, I want to see more networking take place, specifically between students. While the conference is a great event for picking the brains of leaders in sports business, I think its ultimate goal is to inspire. I really hope to see the inspiration provided by speakers channeled into peer-to-peer discussions at the conference and moving forward.
MSBC: What are some of the challenges you have faced in your role and how have you solved them?
Garwig: Trying to increase the networking that takes place at the conference is a lot easier said than done and is ultimately out of our control. We realize that we cannot force people to talk to other people, so we have to make sure we set up an environment where everybody can feel comfortable and motivated to reach out to others. It would be naïve to say that we’ve met this challenge already, it will be something we work towards all the way up until conference time.
MSBC: What are your professional aspirations upon graduating from the University of Michigan?
Garwig: My plan is to work for a college or professional football team, or possibly graduate/law school.
Favorite Sports Team: Michigan Football
Sports Industry Professional You Want To Meet: Jay Bilas
Favorite Athlete: University of Pittsburgh Point Guard Brandin Knight
Greatest Sports Moment You’ve Witnessed: 2003 AFC Divisional Playoff, the Steelers come back from 17-point deficit in 19 minutes to defeat the Cleveland Browns.
Favorite Sports Film: Miracle or It’s All About the U 30for30 Documentary
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