Alexsandru Welch is Marathon Consulting’s 2015 Employee of the Year and he is often the first of our team of IT consultants on the job each day.

How did you find your job at Marathon? I found my job at Marathon through my friend Eric St. Jean. I was searching for a job but was having a hard time finding a position that would fit with my school schedule. He said I should apply at Marathon and was happy to find out Brian Kingsley didn’t have a problem working around school.

I am a student at Medgar Evers College studying psychology and minor in computer information systems. I am not exactly sure what my plan is after graduation, but love where I am at right now.

Have you always been in the IT industry? Marathon is my first job in IT. My last job was at Starbucks. Starbucks is a perfect job for a college student. It’s a fun place to work, and it’s easy to fit in with school. I’m a people person and coffee lover, so what’s not to like about working at Starbucks?

Working at Starbuck in the Upper West Side during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade was crazy. It’s a sea of kids, interesting people, and hot chocolate. Even though it’s a madhouse, everyone should try to see the parade at least once.

How do you answer the “what do you do?” question? Describe your role at Marathon. Either “Professional Nerd” or “IT Engineer.” I tell people that I work with our clients to fix their computers and servers. I have the early shift because we provide 24/5 support and am often the first engineer to work on a new ticket. If there is a problem with anything at the client site, I am part of Marathon’s first responders.

What do you enjoy most about your role at Marathon? Quite a few things. We are always learning about new technology at Marathon. This is a great place to grow your knowledge base. All of the problem solving we do for different clients means things are never the same. I like being able to help out and make them feel like we’ve got their back. I am good at turning a potentially stressful situation into a satisfying experience. There is always something new to learn or a new subject that comes up, and this keeps you on your toes.

What do you think sets Marathon apart? We have a great team. Everyone is top-notch. It’s a relaxed but very professional with lots of team work. Also, I think that the way we approach every issue with a focus on clear client communication is a big part of what makes Marathon awesome.

What do you like to do for fun? If you had a four day weekend, what would you do? I would hang out with friends and play video games. Catching a Nets or Knicks game would be fun.

What is your dream vacation spot? I would like to visit West Africa and learn more about the history of the region.

If you’re a sports fan, which team is your favorite? The NY Yankees, Giants and Knicks. Basically, all the New York teams that don’t end “ets.” I thought Derek Jeter was The Man when I was a kid. Patrick Ewing, Sean Kemp, and Karl Malone were the other players I admired.

What did you want to grow up to be? I wanted to be an inventor and an engineer. My goal was to invent things that would help change the world.

Favorite touristy NYC thing to do or recommend out-of-towners do? Go see the Museum of Natural History and MOMA. All of the New York museums are a good choice. It’s only place in the world to see this unique stuff. The African burial grounds right here in New York City are also worth a trip.