Business Development Representative
Chicago, IL
Joined: 2017

Former Coast Guardian brings both his veteran experience and his favorite inspiration to Groupon.

What’s your favorite Groupon memory?

We had a Groupon block party, and at 3pm people started heading out on huge charter busses. Once we got there it was packed with food and drink, games, music, and even psychics. About an hour or two into it, the clouds opened up and it rained hard. That didn’t stop us once it settled down a bit people were back at it playing extra large Jenga and extra large connect four. It was a blast.

Who or what inspires you?

I have a son, Tavi, who inspires me to always be better. He comes to work with me once a week and even has his own desk right next to mine.

Can you tell us about the Sales training program here?

When you first start in sales at Groupon, you go through a 12-week training program called GroupOnboarding. You get close with your team, and build and learn from each other. It doesn’t stop there, either. The whole company is full of talented people eagerly looking to help in any way they can. I am inspired by the environment that Groupon has created, because it isn’t 100% everyone for themselves. Between ongoing training, account collaborations, mentors, and excellent managers it is fun to come to work.

What was your first impression of Groupon?

It was huge! Aside from getting lost, I was impressed with the giant cat in a spaceship, which made me think there was some quirkiness looming.

“I am inspired by the environment that Groupon has created because it isn’t 100% everyone for themselves. Between ongoing training, account collaborations, mentors, and excellent managers it is fun to come to work.”

Tell us about your involvement with Groupon4Veterans.

I joined Groupon for Veterans because I was in the Coast Guard. I quickly found that the ERGs (Employee Resource Groups) are not only places for people to connect and network within the company, but also have the chance to give back to the community.

Groupon has multiple ERGs and it doesn’t matter if you’re a veteran or a parent or if you speak Spanish. Rather, if you know someone who identifies as such or simply has an interest in learning more, these groups are open to everyone. I have been fortunate to work with the G4Vets leadership team to create events that benefit our veteran culture at Groupon. I’ve also been involved with engaging veterans outside our organization to better themselves professionally so they can succeed wherever they go.

If you could have another job for a day, what would it be?

I have always wanted to be a pilot. Inside Groupon, I think it would be fun to spend a day with our marketing team who finds creative ways to engage with the public.

So why Sales at Groupon? What makes it unique?

I wanted to work here because of the training and the opportunities for promotion. I enjoy helping people learn more and pay attention to their current customer acquisition plans to see if they could do more to reach their goals.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you!

When I was stationed in Hawaii with the Coast Guard, my roommate was a promoter and asked me to pick up The Misfits from the airport one day. I did and they wanted to grab some beer and do laundry. So I took them to my house and invited some friends over to listen to Jerry Only talk about the past 30 years on tour.

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