Meet Alex: Our Gregarious Musical Engineer

Alex onsite with Joan, Cheri, and Maureen at Association of Community Services at the Howard County Nonprofit Collaborative.

Alex joined the Howard Tech Team last year as Service Engineer. He was promoted to Field Engineer in April and over the past few months, he has developed very solid relationships with his clients. They refer to him as “THE Best” and praise his ability to be patient, kind, and react with a sense of urgency. He’s a passionate person, not just about serving our clients with their IT issues, but also about other things. Learn more about Alex here.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

I have always enjoyed interacting with and helping people. After college, I worked for another managed service provider as a field engineer. When the practice was transitioned to their growing accounting firm, I found Howard Tech Advisors. I love going out to different client sites and environments. I learn about different industries and the technology they use, all while making connections and friendships.

How did you find yourself in the tech industry?

I kind of fell into it after attending University of Maryland and found the work enjoyable so here I am. Eventually, I would like to get more into software development to be able to create custom solutions for both clients and myself.

An accomplishment I am very proud of is…

Becoming a paid music journalist for Blisspop. Music is a big part of my life, so it’s pretty awesome that I’ve been able to write about my passion. Over the past couple of years, I have conducted interviews with artists and written reviews for albums, songs, live shows, and more. It is fitting because going out and experiencing live music is one of my main hobbies. I have been to over 223 concerts since 2012, which is when I started tracking them in a spreadsheet.

What are some of your most memorable live shows?

I can’t pick just one, so here it goes and in no particular order:

  1. Björk with Arco and Orchestra at Carnegie Hall
  2. Lotus in the Dominican Republic at Breathless Resort
  3. SOPHIE b2b Jimmy Edgar at a secret warehouse in Brooklyn
  4. Radiohead at Verizon Center
  5. Kraftwerk in 3D at 930 Club
  6. Shpongle Live at Red Rocks

With honorable mentions of Death Grips at 930 Club, Nicolas Jaar at U Street Music Hall and Ween.

Who are some artists you would have liked to have seen perform?

I wish I could have seen Grateful Dead play with the Allman Brothers at RFK Stadium in ’73. Also, seeing the Talking Heads at CBGBs would have been pretty cool, along with Bill Withers at Carnegie Hall and Daft Punk anywhere during their Alive 2007 tour.

Do you have time to enjoy other hobbies?

Yes! I am not married and do not have any kids, so I have time. I enjoy reading comic books, playing golf, geocaching, and traveling. Some of my favorite books and series include Watchmen by Alan Moore, The Sandman Series by Neil Gaiman, Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan. Did I mention I also like like music? Haha.

What causes are you passionate about?

Every year, my family and I organize a 5k race to honor my late step-father. The George Wilson Jr. Memorial Scholarship 5k Fun Run & Walk raises money for a scholarship fund that we created to financially assist college students who are interested in accounting and IT.

What food could you not live without?

I could probably live off of root beer floats.

My favorite piece of technology …

Are my Phillips Hue lightbulbs. I love being able to control them from my phone. They also set specific moods, turn off, or turn on depending on what time it is and how far away I am from home. I could probably live without gadgets – it is kind of nice to live off the grid.

Speaking of off the grid, what is one survival technique you wish you had?

I should probably learn how to start a fire without a lighter.

Three things on my desk…

My death grips coffee mug, that I designed online to be simultaneously amazing and confusing. A custom-made glass Yoshi egg. My speakers – gotta have my tunes.

Three people who have inspired me …

My Grandparents. They escaped the Holocaust and concentration camps to come to America. They were able to live the American dream. They found their family in New York City, started very successful businesses, had 4 children, and retired early to Florida. Now they enjoy their days playing golf, being with loved ones, and telling corny jokes to waiters.

Seth Hurwitz, Owner of I.M.P. entertainment. He is one of the last promoters and venue owners in the country who has remained independent. He has not been consumed by Ticketmaster, LiveNation or AEG. I’m lucky to reap the benefits of the work he has put in to making the DMV-area one of the best parts of the country for live music.

Something that most people may not know about you…

I’m a werewolf. Have you ever seen me during the full moon? Didn’t think so.