egan Martucci ’18, MBA ’19, paced the carpet, pursed her lips and exhaled. After nearly a year of planning, it was a waiting game now.
As the student chairwoman of the Quinnipiac G.A.M.E. IX Forum (Global Asset Management Education), the world’s largest student-run, three-day financial conference, Martucci’s job was to direct almost 40 volunteers from the School of Business. She was sharply dressed in a dark suit with heels, a white blouse and the requisite black headset, a passed torch of sorts for this crucial role.
It was 7:12 a.m. on March 28 in the big city. The West Promenade on the third floor of the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel still had a clear path to the ballroom, a massive space large enough for the 1,600 students and faculty mentors here from 154 colleges and universities representing 50 countries and 46 states.
But not for long.
President Judy Olian’s opening remarks were fast approaching at 8 a.m. Meanwhile, a sea of students still hadn’t come down from their rooms to the registration tables.
“There’s going to be a big rush at the end, you watch,” Martucci warned the student volunteers sitting behind the “A-D” sign at one of the registration tables. A few feet away, another student worker squatted like a baseball catcher, running a handheld steamer across a fabric screen set up as a backdrop for G.A.M.E. selfies and videos.
Martucci, a finance major from Patterson, New York, earned her bachelor’s degree and MBA at Quinnipiac in four years as an accelerated dual-degree (3+1) student. She is smart, accomplished and relentlessly driven.
So, as one might imagine, Martucci’s prediction was spot on.