Alevation Inc.’s own Kevin Mansen is a powerful leader and inspiring entrepreneur, and not to mention, a twenty-four-year-old man. Talk about 30 under 30. Mansen joined the team in October of 2020, and we are rapidly approaching his one-year mark as a leader in our office. Born and raised in Walpole, MA, Mansen once dreamt of becoming a professional baseball player. So, how did the all-star athlete become one of the brightest leaders in our industry? We’ll let him tell you.
Let’s go back to the start. Where did life take you after college?
“After high school, I attended Framingham State University to play baseball. That experience changed me in a lot of ways; I was able to grow as a person, meet a lot of new people, and build friendships that will last a lifetime. My roommate studied Business Management, and I followed suit. It sounded like a cool thing to pursue, and the more I learned, the more interested I became. I found business to be very similar to sports when you consider the competition, teamwork, and goal-setting aspects of the job.”
Do you see this career being a life-long one?
“I think I’ll be in this business for the long haul. At first, I was unsure- it didn’t feel like a perfect fit. I continued to show up and give it my all and found that I was falling in love with the job more and more every day. I’ve built strong relationships here, I’ve grown as a person, and the money doesn’t hurt. I’m incredibly grateful for this opportunity and want to make the most of it.”
What makes you a good fit for a career like this?
“I consider my greatest skill to be my people skills. I have always enjoyed talking to people and interacting with them, especially people who are different from myself. The conversations are more unique, and I can learn about all different types of things. I have always been a curious person, so being interested in what people have to say or talk about comes naturally to me.”
How important is teamwork to you?
“I am team-oriented. I am a pretty highly motivated individual, but I prefer to work with others. I think it’s more beneficial than trying to do everything yourself- not to mention, more fun. There is no better feeling than helping someone else achieve their goals while hitting yours as well. It drives you into high gear when you have other people counting on you.”
How has your career grown since joining the team?
“My career has grown immensely since joining the team. After college, I had no idea what I wanted to do and no direction at all. I knew I wanted to play baseball, but I wasn’t sure if taking the next step was worth it. I knew I would have to sacrifice a lot. I knew I had that interest in business, so my original plan was to start here, make money, and take the next step in baseball. As I spent more time in the business, I saw a new opportunity and found a new passion. Of course, I’ll always love baseball and my end goal is to find a way to blend these two interests.”
What do you look for as a leader building a team?
“When it comes to new hires, there are a few things I value highly. For one, I want someone who will outwork everyone else. You don’t have to be the best, but you have to work the hardest to get where you want to go. Secondly, I need a positive attitude. I want someone who tries to find the good in every situation. People like that tend to take control of their life and understand that they have the power to do anything. People who lack positivity focus on the obstacles in front of them and resign to failure. I want good people with morals that are genuinely trying to help people every day.”
How do you respond to criticism?
“I respond to criticism by listening to it. I think a lot of people hear criticism and get offended, so they stop listening.”
What is it about Alevation Inc. that drew you in?
“My favorite thing about Alevation Inc. is the culture and the people around me. Everyone wants to help each other and see each other win- it’s a great atmosphere for success. Of course, I was also drawn in by the earning potential.”
What is your advice to aspiring entrepreneurs?
“My advice is simple- be a sponge. Take all the information you can from the people around you. Don’t pretend you have all the answers because we can always learn and get better. Don’t let your pride get in the way of growth.”
What are you most proud of?
“I think my greatest accomplishment to date is getting my own place and car. Growing up, I never had a car and my entire family lived in the same house holding eight people.”
What is one life lesson that you carry with you?
“My old football coach once told me, ‘life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you respond.’ This always stuck with me because you can’t control what happens to you in life.”
Lucky for the Alevation Inc. team, Kevin Mansen’s 90% brings confidence, strength, and insight. It’s true that life is not in our control, but boy are we happy that the universe sent us this entrepreneur. We’re just five months away from his one-year anniversary on our team, and we’re beginning the celebrations today. Cheers to you, Kevin! Thank you for everything you do.