GERALDINE AH-SOUNE

Outside Account Executive
Montreal, Canada
Joined: 2015

Former chess champion Geraldine talks about her experience working in our Montreal location and shares what it takes to stay motivated in Sales.

What’s your favorite Groupon memory?

When the whole team went to Bubble Soccer. It was very funny to see my colleagues in a different light.

Tell us about your job! What do you do? What do you love about it?

I’m in touch with the partners and tell them about Groupon. I find it very interesting because I have the opportunity to interact with people from all industries. What I like about what I do is that I am convinced that I truly help small and medium businesses with their business strategy. I believe in what I sell!

What’s been the most challenging thing you’ve worked on?

In my humble opinion, I think the biggest challenge is doing what you have to do on a daily basis. It is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. You must take baby steps every day. Several small decisions put together makes it a productive day.

Who inspires you?

I admire many people but here is an unoriginal example: Nelson Mandela who prevented a civil war in his country by breaking the vicious circle of hatred and violence.

What was your first impression of Groupon as an employer?

The first impression I got was from the employees. During the hiring process and when I first started, what struck me was the team’s humility. Even though they work for a multinational, the people were very cool and helpful. There was no ego game like we may find in other companies. Everyone is helpful and ready to stop working just to help you.  

What’s your biggest accomplishment and/or what are you most proud of? Tell us your story!

Be creative in bringing deals.

What do your parents think you do?

My parents think I’m selling coupons.

What’d you do before Groupon?

Before Groupon, I was in door-to-door sales. I was my very first job after university. I  learned a lot about attitude and sales techniques.

You probably have a life outside Groupon; what are you up to when you’re not at work? What are your hobbies?

I practice yoga and I recently bought a sewing machine to motivate me to learn how to sew. I am also a tea drinker.

Your role probably exists at other companies aside from Groupon…so what makes your role at Groupon unique?

I believe in Groupon and in the fact that we are really helping small and medium businesses. There is no initial investment. Our business model is very flexible.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I was a chess champion between the age of 8 and 10!