Marrion W. is a member of our incredible maintenance staff. He can often be seen helping set up at events, fixing anything that needs to be fixed, and working to ensure that CBE is safe and clean for everyone. Be sure to say hi the next time you see him!
Photographed and Interviewed by Nate Jaffe, Communications Associate
“I’m proud that I’m able to not sweat the small stuff. Like, I don’t live with any regrets because I just see the goal and I can keep going on my path. Tomorrow’s a new day!” – Marrion
Nate: Where are you originally from?
Marrion: I’m from Harlem, I’ve pretty much lived there for the majority of my life. Before that I was in the Bronx for the first four years of my life, then moved to Harlem.
Nate: How long have you been working at CBE?
Marrion: About 3 months now
Nate: Where were you/what were you doing before you came to work at CBE?
Marrion: Before CBE I was working in hospitality, as a banquet server at Chelsea Piers. I kind of changed lanes because I had a pretty inconsistent schedule and I wanted something more consistent and differently paced.
Nate: If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and why?
Marrion: I think JFK, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X. I just would love to be able to ask them about what was next.
Nate: Describe a past experience, from any point in your life, that defined or impacted who you are today.
Marrion: I lost my father when I was in high school, and it was really hard for me but I got to a point where I couldn’t keep being sad. Like you just have to keep living. There’s so much in life to look forward to, so I just focused on that. His loss showed me that you have to live for something and just keep going. I was just a teenager, so I had to find something to live for.
Nate: What’s your favorite quote or mantra?
Marrion: Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about the Yoda quote, “do or do not, there is no try.”
Nate: What in your life are you most proud of?
Marrion: I’m proud that I’m able to not sweat the small stuff. Like, I don’t live with any regrets because I just see the goal and I can keep going on my path. Tomorrow’s a new day!
Nate: Who inspires you or who is someone you look up to?
Marrion: I just find certain things about people inspiring, little things that make a big difference. Like Laura the ECC teacher, I always see her coming in early. And Lisa in After School…one of my first days here she offered me some pizza despite having just met me. It’s those little things that I take note of. Those small acts of kindness and care about the work that we do.
Nate: What motivates you?
Marrion: Knowing that there’s still more to come. At my old hospitality job, I had irrational hours, up late at night, I never had like a set schedule. But now, my job is more consistent. I get up in the morning, go to work, come home and relax. I don’t have to be stiff as a board all the time now. I feel like I can enjoy the fruits of my labor now.
Nate: Where is the most interesting place you’ve visited?
Marrion: Honestly, the Liberty Science Center. Something about that place was always cool to me. I used to be really into science when I was a kid so it’s always been fascinating. Also the Statue of Liberty.
Nate: Where in the world have you never been to but have always wanted to visit?
Marrion: Pretty much anywhere. I think the furthest I’ve been from New York is Florida, to Disney World. I’ve been to other states as well like the Carolinas, Virginia. I haven’t been out of the country yet, I’d love to go to Japan. The culture is so fascinating, it looks like another world.
Nate: How do you define success?
Marrion: At this point in my life, the key thing is comfort. Just getting to where you feel comfortable on your path, on your journey.
Nate: If you could host a talk show, who would be your first guest?
Marrion: Obama, because I want to understand how he’s so cool and calm all the time. Like being in that position, just how was he able to navigate his every day with everything going on in the world.