Our newest teammate reveals how an appreciation for small businesses, balancing multiple hats, and the chance for growth led him to Crowdz.
What are some highlights from your professional background?
When I was growing up, my family owned a fast-food restaurant. So I have been working since the age of eight and appreciate all the workers in the service industry. My first job out of college was as an accountant for ZL Technologies, a small software company specializing in information governance. I was there for almost eight years before joining Crowdz and wore many hats during that time, including Accounting, FP&A, Investor relations, Business Operations, IT, HR, and product testing.
Why was Crowdz a match for you?
I always thought of myself as a small business type of person. Joining a startup that is helping small businesses just seemed to make sense.
What is your role?
I oversee all financial-related activities and am responsible for accurate reporting and forecasting.
What are some of the hats you wear (known or unknown)?
Finance, accounting, IT, HR, operations, student, gamer, husband.
Why were you interested in working with Crowdz?
I believe Crowdz has so much room to grow. There is a lot of opportunity in this space, and it is exciting to be part of the growth.
What makes Crowdz unique?
Crowdz hires smart people and trusts those people to make the right decisions.
What is the future for Crowdz?
Never forgetting about helping SMBs.
What is one fun fact we do not know about you?
I am a huge gamer. However, it is tough to face the reality of my reflexes slowing down.
If you could choose anyone as your mentor, who would you pick?
Anyone who has successfully started their own business. It takes a lot of courage to break away from the norm without any guarantees.
What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
Data entry college internship. I was taking a lot of numbers from Excel and inputting them into Salesforce. It was weird because that was all I did 40 hours a week for two months. Most of the employees there did not acknowledge my existence, so now I make every effort to get to know new joiners.
If you could learn anything, what would it be?
I would like to learn how to code.
What is the first concert you attended?
It was a free *NSYNC concert at the Santa Clara fairgrounds in 1998. My sister was forced to take me, so you can imagine she wasn’t pleased about escorting me to the restroom during her favorite song. She still brings it up to this day!
If you have 30-minutes of free time, how do you pass the time?
Reorganizing and cleaning my living space as I’m not a fan of messy surroundings.