Gary Binkiewicz, MBA
Hometown: Scotch Plains, NJ
Class: Quinnipiac University '14,
Quinnipiac University '16
Team: Prolific Interactive
Position: Business Development Associate
Hi everyone and welcome! I’m Gary, your fourth and final founding member at What’s Next. As you may have already guessed, I am also a former Quinnipiac Baseball Alumni. It’s difficult to think about where I would be without my experience playing baseball at QU. The founders of What’s Next, QU Baseball Alumni. The founders at my current company, QU Baseball Alumni. My two roommates in Manhattan, QU Baseball Alumni. The formation of my passions, creation of opportunities and the development of lifelong friendships, all came to fruition between the lines of a baseball field that I never thought I would play on, while attending a college I never thought I would go to.
The question, “What’s Next?”, was something I rarely thought to myself. In fact, it was brought to my attention by others more than it was an organic thought of my own. I avoided the question like the plague, saying things like, “I’ll be fine” or “I’ll roll with the punches” or “I’m just going to go with the flow”. If you learn nothing else from me, please take with you that flow and punches are not reliable navigators through life. No sooner did I find this out than when it was time to choose a college to go to. There were no college coaches calling my phone and asking if I wanted to be a part of their team. There were no acceptance letters with baseball scholarship offers in the mail. Yikes. For the first time, what I thought would be next, was not. To be honest, this was a blessing in disguise.
For the first time ever I bet on myself which meant it was up to ME to succeed and no one else. I chose a college I knew virtually nothing about and pledged to not only do well academically but to make the baseball team as well. Fast forward to the end of Freshman year. Not only had I not done well in my classes, I most certainly did not make the baseball team. Take a second to soak that up. Now repeat. It was the end of Sophomore year and I still had below average grades and was not heading to practice anytime soon.
Spoiler Alert: You already know I made the team!
Fast forward to this exact moment in time and I wouldn’t change a thing about the journey I took to get where I am now. Without the lows, the highs wouldn’t be as memorable. Without the hard work, the success wouldn’t be as gratifying. I am now in control of what’s next for me because I realize what you have to do in order to get there.
For me, “What’s Next?” is more than just a question. It’s a way of life. It’s an adventure and I’m pumped to be on it with all of you.