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Pictured is M.B.A. alumnus Conor McGarvey, director of operations for the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. | Photo by Jim Judkis

Meet Conor McGarvey

Job title: Director of Operations
Employer: SMG at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Degrees earned: M.B.A. with a concentration in management, Point Park University; B.S. in crime law and justice, Penn State University
Graduation years: 2011 and 2004
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
High School:
Upper St. Clair High School
Now living in: Moon Township, Pa.
Hobbies/interests: Spending time with my lovely wife and two children

What were the main reasons you decided to pursue an M.B.A. degree?

At the time, I was working hard to advance in my career, and was fortunate enough to have been gaining good professional experience. However, I knew that in order to advance much further in my career, I needed to commit to widening my knowledge base. Point Park University's M.B.A. program offered classes that were in line with my professional goals.

What factors made you choose Point Park?

A few friends and colleagues went through the M.B.A. program at Point Park and had good things to say about it. Also, since I had a demanding professional life, and a busy personal life, I liked the flexibility of the course work offered.

What are your key responsibilities as director of operations?

I oversee events, housekeeping, and security and public safety. I am also responsible for labor/management relations, third-party contracts, budgets and furthering our sustainability initiatives. Additionally, I am the chair of the safety committee.

How have your M.B.A. classes helped you in this role?

The management and finance courses in particular prepared me for challenges that I face on a daily basis. Without an M.B.A. from Point Park, I may not have experienced the professional growth I've had over the past several years.

What did you enjoy most about grad school at Point Park?

I thoroughly enjoyed the various experiences that the professors brought to the classroom each time. They had fantastic work experience and diverse backgrounds that helped promote thought and discussion in every class.

What are your career goals?

I would simply like to keep moving in the right direction more than anything. I have found that if I prepare myself and am committed to my career, then I am ready when opportunities and challenges arise.


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