Favorite conference room?
After joining Groupon, Mina has worked his way up from Senior Accountant to Accounting Manager, traveled the world, and centralized and organized a major international project. Not bad for only being 2 years in!
What’s your favorite Groupon memory?
I have a ton of awesome memories in this office, but one in particular sticks out the most. It was during the holidays and our team did Secret Santa at 4 pm and finished around 5. From there we randomly decided to hang out and play board games; next thing we knew it’s midnight and we’re all still there having a blast! Honestly, in that moment I realized we’re not just co-workers, but also friends who have a blast with one another.
Who inspires you the most?
My parents! They came to this country when I was very little to give me a better future. They had very little money but worked extremely hard to make something of themselves. They taught me that nothing is given to you in this life, but rather you must work in order to succeed. Along with what’s truly important is to respect and admire others along the way.
How does your work impact Groupon’s mission of becoming the daily habit in local commerce?
On the accounting side, it’s a bit difficult to directly impact this habit. However, I truly believe we do impact this habit in an indirect way. By correctly recording our financials, we are able to efficiently report on trends that help leaders make decisions that will positively impact the business.
What’s your proudest Groupon accomplishment?
I started at Groupon as a Senior Accountant. My job was to come in and take on this project called “Intercompany,” which is the allocation of expenses internally. In the past, this project was very messy and sporadically spread across the globe. I came in and quickly began to learn from some of the smartest people I’ve ever worked with. Slowly I started to centralize the project in North America and was rewarded by being promoted to Accounting Manager. Within two years, my team and I were able to complete the largest portions of this project, and get Intercompany back in control. Along the way, I was able to fly to different countries and meet some amazing people.
What do your parents think you do?
“My son works at a place that convinces stores to give discounts on their site, and then give his company money at the same time….I know… it makes zero sense .” It’s as if I work for the Mafia, geez!
What did you do before Groupon?
Before Groupon, I worked for a small media company. It was awesome, but I wanted something more. But one day a Groupon recruiter reached out via LinkedIn; I wasn’t actually looking for a job at the time, but I replied anyway. Next thing I knew, I had an interview scheduled. What’s even crazier is halfway through my drive to the interview, I thought about turning around. Then I thought “what’s the harm,” and came in. Once I walked into Groupon, I knew I wanted to be here!
What’s your favorite local business?
Fontano’s Subs. A+!
Accounting roles obviously exist in most companies, so what makes your work here interesting?
Groupon is extremely complicated as a business; we are seeing and solving new challenges every day. At other more established companies, they’ve been doing the same thing for years. To me, that’s just boring.
Tell us something about you that might surprise us!
I’m about to have my first child in January!