Staff of TKE - Alex Swenson
Programs & Events Manager
INDIANAPOLIS - In the summer of 2010, a photographer named Brandon began taking photos of thousands of New Yorkers. His goal was to put a face to the image that people had of the different New York boroughs and its inhabitants. As if overnight, Humans of New York became a worldwide sensation.
We looked at the Humans of New York project and realized we faced a similar challenge. Many individuals outside of the Fraternity's immediate points of contact do not truly know who is answering the phone, posting on social media or handling various tasks at the organizational level. For that reason, we are excited to launch a new edition of "Staff of TKE." Every two weeks we will highlight a new individual on TKE's Professional Staff. Each post will include two photos and a candid conversation. Enjoy!
Name: Alex Swenson
Position: Programs & Events Manager
Chapter: Franklin College (Rho-Upsilon)
Contact Alex Swenson for questions regarding St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Leadership Academy, Regional Leadership Conferences, average-to-slightly-above-average fantasy football advice and Tuesday morning recaps of The Bachelor.
There are two Alex's in the office, which one are you?
I'm the Alex without the Apple sponsorship. I'm also the one from the #1 TKE Chapter in the state of Indiana. On a serious note, I'm the one you do not want to come to for technology advice.
You're known as the sports guy in the office, and you've been on a pretty good streak...
It starts here at home with the Pacers and the Colts. The Pacers didn't do so hot this year, but the Colts made some big moves in free agency so I'm looking forward to the upcoming season. I'm also a big Duke Blue Devils fan, and I had the opportunity to see them win a national championship in person earlier this month. Grayson Allen, if you're reading this, I’m interested in striking up a friendship. And finally, I've been on the Jordan Spieth wagon since the 2013 Presidents Cup and I really enjoyed watching him win the Masters. Jordan, if you're reading this, I’m interested in striking up a friendship.
Our monthly full-staff lunches also fall under your umbrella. How do you handle that responsibility?
You have to remember that you can't please everyone. I consider myself to be pretty knowledgeable when it comes to food, so I make selections that I enjoy and are unique; they are choices that I believe will please the majority of the crowd. If you just want a sub tray from Subway every month, you're not seeing the art in creating a successful staff lunch.
Do you do anything outside of staff lunches?
I work hard on our programs and events to make sure functions like Leadership Academy and Regional Leadership Conferences are executed at the highest level. I take a lot of pride in seeing those programs have positive effects on members and knowing I was a part of making that happen.
Are you ready for Conclave 2015?
Conclave is the big show. There is a ton of work that goes into it and we have been hard at work for the past two years, but we are ready to go. This is going to be one for the ages. I hope you can join us.
We're taking a line from ESPN's Around the Horn. Here's The Last Word.
My fiancé and I are in the process of purchasing our first home. Any housewarming gifts can be sent to my attention at the Offices of the Grand Chapter. The living room is brown and the bedroom is black and gray.
The next edition of "Staff of TKE" will appear Friday, May 1.
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