Company/Organization: Alexa Langeland State Farm Agency
Job Title: Owner
Hello Everyone! I graduated from Vestal and then went to Monroe Community College where I received my degree in Public Relations. After attending MCC I went to SUNY Oswego where I received my Operations Management degree. After joining the working world and learning about sales/business/leadership, I decided to jump on an awesome opportunity to open my own State Farm office in my HOMETOWN! The office opened May 1, 2018 on the Vestal Parkway across from Skylark Diner. Opening a business at the age of 27 (29 days from 28) was one of my biggest accomplishments.
Due to being a recent BLI Grad (and COVID) there is not too much to update my fellow classmates. My husband and I recently moved to a different house in Vestal and said goodbye to his childhood home. I also recently have took over the responsibility of the Marketing Chair for Emerging Leaders Society. I just love giving back to the community that I grow up in.
Favorite books/movies (feel free to provide short explanation/commentary): My husband and I love watching any of the Marvel Movies. We love the series so much we named our dog Thor. Since joining the “adult world” I have not experienced much down time for me to sit and enjoy a book but when I do have time, I enjoy reading something that could help enhance my skills or just lose track of everyday life. One my guilty pleasures is any of the Nicholas Sparks books!
Current and Past Notable Civic Activities (boards, organizations, [member/officer]): Emerging Leaders Society, Junior Achievement, YP Summit Committee, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Committee, Vestal Youth Cheer Coach
Interests/Hobbies (sports, music, travel, etc.): I love spending the day on any of the Finger Lakes either hiking or enjoying the sun by the lake. Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I love to see the colors of the leaves changing and spending Sunday’s watching football while enjoying some snacks. Go Steelers! Every summer I enjoy attending any outdoor concert but tends to be a country singer. One of my bucket list items is to travel to of the 50 States, only 34 more to go. In college I studied abroad in Rome, Italy and I can’t wait to go back and explore more.
How did your BLI experience change your perception of the community, and motivate you to become more involved in the community? Since I grew up in the area I thought I knew everything this community had to offer, I was wrong. I was able to learn and visit many different locations with our “adult field trips.” I have always known that I wanted to stay in this community to build my business and family. But learning what our community has to offer, helped solidify my decision to stay in my hometown community.
Where would you like to see a future BLI class or leadership event held in the area? We have quite a few of parks in our area. Would be interesting to get out of a classroom setting and able to explore. For example Jones Park, Chenango Valley State Park, or even the trails up behind Ross Park Zoo.
What was your most memorable BLI activity/moment? Well this is hard to pick just one! I would say at the retreat when we were jumping of the ledge to try and reach the ball, like an acrobat. I picked this moment because we all hardly knew each other but we were all cheering on each other to face our fears.
What was the most valuable benefit to you from your BLI experience? Being able to make so many great relationships! I have made lifelong friends and also have developed some professional connections as well. I love having 21 new connections!
What “nugget of wisdom” do you have for your fellow BLI alum? Don’t always sit with the same people at the events! Branch out and make a point to connect with each individual.