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Below is an article originally written by Sarah Foulke at PowerToFly Partner Optoro, and published on February 28, 2019. Go to Optoro's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.
Optoro is made up of a diverse collection of individuals who have come together to achieve a single mission–to transform the reverse logistics industry by finding homes for used and excess goods. We like to highlight that diversity with our Employee Spotlight blog series, during which we sit down with an employee every month to hear a little bit about the people who make the Optoro culture so distinctive.
How would you describe yourself in 10 keywords or fewer? Go big or go home.
What is your role at Optoro, and what do you do? I'm the software development lead for the Return to Vendor team. We make a product that helps our client manage a workflow to return items to their original manufacturers for credit, based on agreements that retailers have with their vendors. I work with the other developers on my team, as well as design, product management, and quality engineering to develop and deliver new features to the Return to Vendor product.
What did you do before Optoro, and why did you choose to work at Optoro? Before Optoro, I worked as a software developer at another DC startup. I chose to come to Optoro to get a new experience with a different technology and a larger team. I was attracted to the mission, product, and vision at Optoro, and knew that this was a place where I could grow my career. The company is in a really exciting place right now, and I thought it was a great time to join the team.
What is the most important thing you have learned since starting at Optoro? If you're afraid to do something, you should do it more often.
What is the best part of working at Optoro? I think Optoro is especially unique in the way that everyone truly cares about each other. People say that a lot, but it does really feel different to me here. Everyone I work with is constantly seeking out ways to collaborate to get to a team goal. People are open and honest about what they feel is working and what isn't, and everyone is always trying to make Optoro a better place for all employees to work.
What would you most likely be doing on a normal Saturday afternoon in your free time? Most weekends you'll find me exploring DC and all it has to offer! I sold my car about a year and a half ago and I'm loving my car-free life. My fiance and I are usually going for a run in Rock Creek Park, working on projects in our new condo, trying out new restaurants with friends, or kicking back with our cat and watching some terrible reality television.
Below is an article originally written by Allison Yount, the Director of Customer Success at PowerToFly Partner Scout RFP. Go to Scout RFP's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.
In Meet the Scouts, we get to know the people (sourcerers, if you will) who make the Scout magic possible. This week, meet Allison Yount, our Director of Customer Success!
From the time we begin walking and talking, we're asked what we want to be when we grow up. Although our answers at a young age typically run along the lines of, "astronaut," "police officer," or "doctor," it's clear that we're pushed to know our life's destiny from as early as we can remember.
At age six, I wanted to be a cupcake baker — vanilla ones with pink frosting only, of course. Over the years, my career has taken me from aspiring cupcake baker to elementary school teacher to what I am today: Director of Customer Success at Scout RFP.
I started my career at Scout as the first sales rep (and seventh employee) back in 2015, generating leads and cold calling as quickly as my fingers could dial. As I grew within my role – and my company – I transitioned from pre-sales to account management, closing a few deals along the way, and now I run the Customer Success department for Scout.
It's a winding path, I know, but sometimes it takes time spent on different experiences to help you land where you're meant to be. I am confident that I wouldn't be in my current position, supporting a team that serves over 100 enterprise customers, if it hadn't been for all the other positions that led up to it.
For example, I discovered how much I love coaching and supporting others when I taught elementary school, and found my entrepreneurial spirit through cold calling and learning to gain prospects' trust. I loved selling to and connecting with prospects, but knew that the relationships I was building were too valuable to me to pass off when a meeting was scheduled. These realizations formed a clear direction for me and led me to my current position in Customer Success. Now, my team and I build relationships with prospects and customers on a daily basis and provide them with the support they need to be successful in their own jobs. I oversee an energetic, growing team that I'm fortunate enough to support and guide, and I am able to incorporate my love of sales into everyday conversations as I coach my team to secure upsells and renewals.
Scout is a place that not only accepted these career discoveries, but it encouraged and supported them. It's here that my various strengths and interests converged; it's here that I found my niche. It's exciting to be part of a company that is growing so quickly, but it's even more exciting to be part of a company that wants its employees to grow professionally in tandem.
So, to other people with winding career paths, I have this advice: Embrace it — and find a company who feels the same way. After all, it takes at least a few tries to get anything right, and your entire career and life plan are no exception. Enjoy the journey!
While working at Thales for 11 years, Danielle has relished taking different positions and continuing to challenge herself.
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Pavneet, an Electrical Engineer at Thales, is passionate about design and high-level problem solving. Of the work being done at Thales, Pavneet says, "It is amazing to see how it all comes to life when designers put their heart and soul into every little detail".
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