For Marc Senatore, treasurer of the Information Management Association (IMA), his passion for technology and pursuit of innovation started at a young age. I had the chance to talk with Marc about his role in IMA, his future goals, and the reason he chose to major in Management Information Systems (MIS).
Marc shared a story with me from when he was 14-years-old and his parents would not let him get an Xbox to play video games with his friends. Marc said he could not take “no” for an answer so he actively looked for ways around it. He learned about an alternative, PC gaming, but he said that he could not afford to buy himself a new computer at the time. Marc, then, tried to convince his parents to let him fix up their old Windows 98 Dell computer. After four months of negotiation and gathering of parts, Marc taught himself how to build a high-end computer.
Marc said that technology has always been something that he has enjoyed, which is why he chose to major in MIS. He said it allows him to be creative and innovative through various platforms – such as, gaming, graphic design, video editing, software, or hacking.
When asked about his favorite part of being involved in IMA, Marc said it is without a doubt the relationships he has formed as a result, along with free pizza at meetings.
Unfortunately, Marc said that he was unaware of IMA until his junior year when he joined, but he has been extremely involved ever since. Marc said he was able to get to where he is today within the organization through showing his interest and volunteering to help out as much as possible. Now as treasurer, he said that he has never been happier.
Marc highly encouraged all students who are interested to join IMA.“Technology is awesome. Information technology is no longer the support function in companies that it once was, it now drives most big businesses. Technology is already everywhere and everything, and it is only going to be expanding more…so why not be on the forefront of innovation?” He said.
Marc added that IMA is a great way for students to network with recruiters from many Fortune 500 companies and to engage in workshops involving different technologies – such as, 3D printing, introductory code, and data mining.
After graduation, Marc will be entering into Synchrony Financial’s prestigious Business Leadership Program. Specifically, Marc is in their two year rotational IT program where he will be working directly with senior leadership to gain exposure and knowledge about the business and information technology, as well as develop the leadership skills necessary to be in their shoes one day.
As for advice, Marc left a few words of wisdom that help him when he is having a bad day.
He quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson, saying, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”