Marine Petillat – Storage & Automotive Buyer in Paris

Marine Petillat – Storage & Automotive Buyer in Paris

MARINE PETILLAT

Storage & Automotive Buyer
Paris, France
Joined: 2015

Soaring to new heights with Marine, a Buyer for Groupon Goods who aspires to spend a day as a pilot in the sky.

Tell us about your job! What do you do? What do you love about it? What does a typical day look like?

Basically, I am buying all the storage and automotive goods (this second category is totally new to me and it is very challenging) for Groupon Goods. Both portfolios were very small when I took them back, so my challenge was to develop them and make them grow and become really profitable. What drives me every day is to reach and exceed the target and negotiations which are both really exciting!

The independence in my job is what I love about working at Groupon. We are all totally free to deal with our targets and achieve our goals in our own way. I am dealing with 600K euros per month, and everyone trusts me and in my capacities to do it. The Groupon team is also very supportive and we are doing big things together.

How does Goods impact the success of Groupon? Why is Goods important to Groupon’s success?

Because we are dealing with a different product, we are seeing the business differently. We are dealing a lot with customer satisfaction and the return rate, which makes our business different and also really interesting, in my opinion. Every team is important at Groupon, and we take part in that story – everyone is important for Groupon’s success!

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

The most challenging thing I have experienced in Groupon is the rapidity of the changes we have to face. In three years, I have worked on three different categories, so adaptation is the main key to success in Groupon!

Who inspires you?

I would say simply, my parents. Because of what they have achieved in their professional life and because of their strong personal values, empathy, and kindness they transmitted to me. Also, people who are successful yet humble inspire me a lot. It means you can make great things, while still remaining a good person.

What was your first impression of Groupon as an employer?

My first impression was “I am going to love this place: people are wearing sneakers all the time and everyone is smiling!”

Have you won any awards? 

I won four quarter competitions with two different teams, where I got to travel to Prague, Budapest and soon Naples, and I also won the “Community Award” at the end of 2017.

What’s your favorite Groupon memory? 

I think that my favorite Groupon memory is the “American Party” we organized at the end of winter in 2017. It was in an original place and I think that no party has been as crazy as that one! It was a really good moment with all the team.

Where were you before you joined Groupon? How did you get here?

I was working for Zalando, buying thousand of shoes 🙂  A member of Groupon’s HR team contacted me directly via LinkedIn. I was a bit surprised, but at the same time very enthusiastic about this new perspective. I wanted to move from Zalando because I couldn’t grow internally and I wanted to manage a whole category, which I am doing today.

We see you are a member of Groupon Volunteers.  Why did you join?

In March 2018, I spent a day volunteering for the “Restau du Coeur” which helps the homeless and poor people get everyday food and healthcare. I am proud that Groupon offers these types of opportunities to each employee. I’ve always cared about those topics (helping people in general) but Groupon gives us the time to do it properly. Everyone at Groupon gets really involved and it creates awesome team building opportunities while caring for people who need it the most.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I contribute to name a special cuvée and it is since named “Bulle des Champs” !

What do your parents think you do?

Since I am buying automotive parts, they think I am the automotive boss…which is not (yet) true!

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be and why?

I would be an airplane pilot because of their suits and the feeling they have in the sky!

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Alizé Cerulo – Acheteuse à Paris

Alizé Cerulo – Acheteuse à Paris

ALIZE CERULO
Acheteuse
Paris, France
Joined: 2012
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Quel est votre meilleur souvenir chez Groupon?  

Le jeudi soir on a pour habitude de fêter les tops deals et les “flops” deals de la semaine. Les acheteurs de ces deals ont un gage et doivent aller chercher l’apéro pour fêter ça 🙂 On est parti en Belgique pour un RDV avec un fournisseur en voiture de location. Arrivée en Belgique, la voiture qui était neuve a eu un pneu éclaté. On a du se faire ramener en dépanneuse, prendre une autre voiture, aller au RDV, revenir chercher l’autre voiture qui avait été réparée entre temps et repartir enfin ! Quelle journée ! On était tellement fatigué en rentrant mais on a bien ri de cette aventure !

Parlez-nous de votre travail! Que faites-vous? Qu’est-ce qui vous plaît le plus?

Je suis acheteuse sur la partie High tech. J’adore le relationnel avec les fournisseurs, démarcher, aller sur les salons à la rencontre de nouveaux fournisseurs, la négociation pour monter les deals et essayer de sortir LE super deal qui va cartonner !

Quel est le plus gros défi que vous avez rencontré?

A l’époque où je gérais la partie opérationnelle, les logisticiens avaient perdu des bijoux dans l’entrepôt. On est parti à Lyon dans l’entrepôt les trouver nous-même et les ramener ! C’etait beau ahaha

Quelle a été votre première impression de Groupon en tant qu’employé?

Quand je suis arrivée au milieu de l’open space avec ces dizaines de commerciaux qui dégagaient une énergie de feu, j’ai adoré cette ambiance super dynamique et joyeuse de l’entreprise.  

La mission de Groupon est de devenir une habitude quotidienne. Comment votre travail impact cette mission ?

Je suis sur la partie Shopping, mais ma mission est de trouver les meilleurs produits au meilleur prix et de faire en sorte que les clients aient tous les matins envie de venir voir la page shopping et d’y trouver une bonne affaire.

Avez-vous remporté des prix? Des Green Awards Groupon? Des récompenses d’équipe? Un titre de président de club?

Oui j’ai eu une coupe en Q4-2013 pour mon implication dans mon travail.

Il y a tout plein d’extraordinaires histoires Groupon. Quelle est votre plus grande réussite et/ou votre plus grande fierté? Racontez-nous!

Le premier mois de mon arrivée en tant qu’acheteuse j’ai négocié des caméras de sport qui ont cartonné ! J’étais hyper fière ! Ça a été l’un de mes meilleurs deals. Sinon aussi au tout début chez Groupon, je m’occupais d’une équipe dans les opérations. Et la gestion de la période de Noël c’était quelque chose : les livraisons, les problèmes avec les fournisseurs, les problèmes de paiement à régler, c’est sport mais c’est génial !

Veux travailler avec moi?

Vos parents : que croient-ils que vous faites?

Que j’achète toute la journée des produits high tech.

Que faisiez-vous avant Groupon? Comment vous y êtes-vous retrouvé?

Je travaillais pour une start-up de deals ClubDeal (qui a fermé depuis). J’ai fait passer mon CV par une personne que je connaissais et j’ai été recrutée.

Vous avez sans doute une vie en dehors de Groupon. Quelles sont vos occupations à l’extérieur? Vos loisirs?

Le fitness, la musculation et la pâtisserie (j’adore faire des gâteaux maison).

Si vous pouviez occuper un autre emploi pour une journée, quel serait-il et pourquoi?

Coach sportif personnel car j’adore le sport, le dépassement de soi et aider les autres à se sentir mieux dans leur corps. J’adore pouvoir gérer mon emploi du temps comme bon me semble et ne plus être assise à un bureau ça me plairait aussi 🙂

Votre rôle existe sûrement dans d’autres entreprises que Groupon… alors qu’est-ce qui rend votre mission chez Groupon unique?  

On est assez indépendant ce qui est agréable, on peut gérer nos catégories comme cela nous plait. Si je suis encore chez Groupon, c’est pour l’ambiance qui y règne, la sympathie des gens et cette famille qu’on forme.

Dites-nous quelque chose qui pourrait nous surprendre à votre sujet!

Je vais passer dans Gym direct, l’émission de sport sur C8 🙂

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Jason Nahani – Chief Revenue Officer, International in London

Jason Nahani – Chief Revenue Officer, International in London

JASON NAHANI

Chief Revenue Officer, International
London, UK
Joined: 2011

Meet the Grouponer who essentially built the EMEA Goods organization from scratch.

Tell us about your job! What do you do? What do your days look like?

I am responsible for matching demand and supply across the shopping business in EMEA. The Merchandising team—with the help of analytics—will constantly monitor internal and external demand metrics and work with the buying teams in multiple countries to create a compelling selection of deals at great prices for our customers to pick from.

My days are often spent working on delivering our operations plan and working alongside merchandising, marketing, buying, engineering, and analytics to provide the best experience for our customers. Our teammates are located all across EMEA in London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Madrid, Amsterdam, and Warsaw.

What’s your favorite Groupon memory? 

Seeing the team build the shopping business from 0 to what it is today and going from a team of two to a team of 300 with lots of strong talent.

That’s an impressive feat! How did you grow that organization? What do you attribute to your team’s success?

We worked closely with our dedicated recruiter who understood the business and worked hard to source the right talent for both Groupon and our customers. Close teamwork and an encouraging team spirit create a strong foundation for continued success.

So what kind of people thrive at Groupon?

People who want ownership and are keen to innovate and create a legacy tend to thrive here.

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

Bringing the EMEA team together into one shopping team with one purpose and one focus.

What inspires you?

Seeing results and efforts coming to fruition for our customer and employees.

What was your first impression of Groupon as an employer?

There was so much energy and drive; lots of great people with focus and hunger to raise the bar every day. It was exciting to join what Forbes once coined the fastest growing company ever.

How does your work impact Groupon’s mission of building the daily habit in local commerce?

My team and I create a selection of deals for the customer to pick from and find the kind of deals that will entice the customer to purchase.

Describe the proudest moment you’ve had at Groupon.

When the Goods team was called out in All Hands as the example for everyone to follow in terms of focus and energy.

Ready to raise the bar?

Where were you before you joined Groupon? How did you get here?

I was working for Bid Shopping when Groupon called me to ask me to come to join them. I am so glad they did! The ability to make positive change and launch new and innovative initiatives keeps me excited to come to work every day.

We see that you’re a member of Groupon Volunteers. What do you like about being a volunteer?

I like giving back to the community, especially children charities as this is something very close to my heart. By doing what little we can, we do a lot to put a smile on kids’ faces in our communities.

You probably have a life outside Groupon; what keeps you fulfilled outside of work?

I like very long walks. I am also into tech and trade as well as cultures and languages.

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

Groupon gives us a platform for everyone to make a positive impact and contribute, from the most junior roles to the very senior ones. And we are rewarded and recognized for it.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be and why?

Engineering. I studied it at university and ended up in a cubicle writing code. Here at Groupon, I see that the engineering team is a lot more exciting than the first job I had out of university. Also, I would also like to try marketing as they are in front of the customer and create reasons for customers to visit Groupon.

What do your parents think you do?

My mum thinks I am in charge of the internet 🙂

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I have been to 100 cities in the last three years.

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Nicola Turnbull – Goods Buyer in London

Nicola Turnbull – Goods Buyer in London

NICOLA TURNBULL

Buyer
London, UK
Joined: 2017

Finally! An answer to the age-old question of “How many Grouponers can you fit into a phone box?” thanks to Nicola, a Goods Buyer and President’s Club winner in London.

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

Working as a Buyer at Groupon is great! You have real ownership over the category you buy for and the ability to grow it in the direction you want to. There are a lot of aspects to buying at Groupon: managing supplier relationships, developing products, analysing market trends, negotiating with suppliers, monitoring inventory, and working via multiple supply routes. As you can imagine, no day is the same!

What’s your favorite Groupon memory? 

Team building days at Groupon are a lot of fun. My team and I ran around London Apprentice-style trying to get as many points for doing crazy tasks including convincing a policeman to take a photo with us whilst wearing his hat, trying to photograph as many cats as possible, and attempting to fit 11 people into a phone box (the team was definitely much closer after that last one).

What inspires you?

I am inspired by everyone around me. There really are so many ambitious and creative minds at here at Groupon all striving to make it an amazing place to work and to provide a better experience for our customers.

Where were you before you joined Groupon? How did you get here?

Previously I worked for Wayfair, an online homewares company, where I worked as a lighting buyer. During my time there I developed different skills such as buying, negotiations, P & L management, marketing, merchandising, data analysis, financial analysis, supply chain, inventory planning, and beyond. It was there I decided I wanted to stay in buying for online retail and working with international suppliers/markets and Groupon was the perfect next step.

So what was your first impression of Groupon as an employer?

Fast-paced and ambitious. As we’re a growing company there are always new projects to be involved in and new people to meet and work with. It’s definitely improved my ability to remember names and faces.

How does your work impact Groupon’s mission of building the daily habit in local commerce?

I feel really empowered to drive customer satisfaction at Groupon, encouraging customers to use Groupon again and again, whether it is sourcing new and innovative products our customers love, providing amazing value, or ensuring a great customer experience.

Have you won any awards in your time at Groupon?

I was lucky enough to go on the President’s Club trip to Greece this year for hitting top sales targets which was so much fun. It was great to feel valued for my achievements and great to get to know people from all lines of Groupon’s business.

Take ownership of your career.

 

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

The people, the ability to affect change, and ownership. Groupon really does have an amazing team that supports and encourages new ideas. There are great opportunities every day to get involved in projects to help improve the business, and in terms of the buying role, you have the authority to make strategic decisions and drive the category, which is really exciting and quite unique.

Describe the proudest moment you’ve had at Groupon.

I was really flattered to be hand-picked to take part of a focus group looking to understand what qualities buyers should hold in order to bring more like-minded people into the business.

We see you are a member of Groupon Volunteers. What do you enjoy about participating?

Groupon’s volunteer programme gives its employees two days a year to get involved in loads of different volunteering opportunities. I recently spent a day at Fareshare, the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste which Groupon has chosen to sponsor for 2018. I worked in Fareshare’s warehouse organizing and packaging food for delivery before going out in Fareshare’s vans to deliver food to a variety of different charities. It was really rewarding to be a part of the amazing work Fareshare do on a day to day basis and to feel like you’d made a difference in just one day.

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

Groupon offers a fantastic work-life integration – in the evenings after work, I like to keep myself busy playing netball and practicing yoga. I can easily lose a weekend to a pub beer garden catching up with friends, doing country walks, or cooking a new recipe. One of my main passions though is travel; so far this year I’ve managed to tick off Indonesia, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, Croatia, and Crete.

What do your parents think you do?

My parents are still unsure. My dad’s response: ‘Well nothing on Friday afternoon, as you leave the office at 3 pm.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be and why?

I would love to experience a day as a lead singer of a band. Sadly up until now, my singing ability has prevented this dream from becoming a reality.

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Lauren Forster – Merchandising Strategy EMEA in London

Lauren Forster – Merchandising Strategy EMEA in London

LAUREN FORSTER 

Merchandising Strategy EMEA
London, UK
Joined: 2017

Lauren is big on taking risks. Whether it’s jumping from a 12-person company to Groupon or jumping out of planes in New Zealand, she’s always ready to hit the ground running.

Tell us about your job! What do you do? What do you love about it? What does a typical day look like?

I’m responsible for creating the Goods quarterly merchandising campaign strategy for EMEA. My main role is to analyse internal customer trends, external market data, and financial forecasts to establish which and when supply needs to be pushed to the customer, as well as identifying new opportunities in the market. I work in close contact with the Dublin-based Marketing team to ensure their promotional plans are aligned and drive traffic to our newly-sourced deals. Once the campaign calendar is established, I create weekly deadlines and targets for each country in EMEA to ensure strong supply will be delivered. I also work closely with the in-country merchandising managers to make sure the correct deals are sourced to drive the campaign performance.

I love working across multiple countries; my wider team is spread across 8 different countries and this means that no day is the same! The people at Groupon also make this role exciting. I work with colleagues in Merchandising, Marketing, Buying and with directors who have a wealth of experience and are great to learn from.

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

Q4 planning (October-December) is the best but most challenging part of the role. This is the busiest time of the year for retail and if you execute the right strategy it can be a real game changer. As Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas fall into this period it means forward planning and regular stakeholder communication is critical. This year I’ll be travelling across EMEA to present the plan to every office!

What was your first impression of Groupon as an employer?

Young and evolving. There are lots of opportunities to get involved in new projects and identify areas you want to work. There are also a lot of chances to get involved outside of work too: netball teams, running clubs, and volunteering, to name a few.

How does your work impact Groupon’s mission of building the daily habit in local commerce?

All of our projects focus on making the website, emails, and marketing most relevant and effective for the customer, with the goal of increased engagement. After every campaign, we deep dive into performance by country and identify ways we can improve or decide what we need to take a different angle that will better suit the customer trends. We are also improving our retargeting through marketing channels and improving our understanding of the customer to make sure we show users the best content available.

Describe the proudest moment you’ve had at Groupon.

Being nominated for the People Blog!

Work with me!

What do your parents think you do?

I messaged my parents about this, their response: “I’ve no idea what you do!”  I think I’ve got my work cut out here.

Where were you before you joined Groupon? How did you get here?

After university, I joined the Graduate Scheme at Ocado where I undertook placements in buying, supply chain, trading analytics and merchandising. This was a great experience, providing me with a breadth of knowledge across core retail departments, which I use regularly in my current role. After the scheme, I moved permanently into merchandising to launch a premium online beauty store, a joint collaboration by Marie Claire magazine and Ocado. The company had 12 people in total…a very different size than Groupon! After that, I decided I wanted to work on a larger scale and across international markets, which is when I identified Groupon as a great opportunity to further develop my career!

What’s your favorite Groupon memory?

Every last Friday of the month we have International drinks where we ‘travel across’ the different nationalities at Groupon and sample the best food and drink from the nominated country. What better way to bring in the weekend!

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

I’m definitely one to fill the evening out with friends for dinner and drinks. I like to try new places and cuisines around London, which are not hard to find! When the office is so conveniently located in ‘the city’ it’s hard not to enjoy a drink or two on the riverbank after work. I also like to exercise; I play netball and tennis and enjoy running regularly (although I’ve yet to join the Groupon running club!)

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be and why?

I’d love to be a pilot (I’m a sucker for a good view) or a property developer. I like having a project, working out how I can improve it and making the most out of what you have available.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I’ve jumped out of a plane from 15,000 feet in New Zealand!

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Charlotte Morgan – Goods Buyer in London

Charlotte Morgan – Goods Buyer in London

CHARLOTTE MORGAN

Buyer / Vendor Manager
London, UK
Joined: 2016

Most parents have a vague idea of what their Grouponer children do at work, but we have to admit that Charlotte’s dad’s prediction of what she’d end up doing here might be one of our favorite responses.

What’s your favourite Groupon memory? 

I have two favourite Groupon memories. My first one was when had a team event in the Berlin office and getting the local community to do things Groupon-related for points (points meaning prizes… or beer). My other favourite memory was being part of the first President’s Club trip to Crete.

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

I am a Buyer for the German Consumables team based in the London office as part of the London International Buying team. I am in charge of purchasing the right products, at the right price, and at the right time. My day-to-day role involves conversing with major suppliers and distributors to purchase products that maintain and enhance the range offered for the Groupon customer. In addition to product purchasing, a major part of my role is analyzing the daily sales and maintaining the sales profit and margin. I love how quickly we can get an offer from a supplier straight to the website. Many other businesses can’t get products as quickly to the customer as Groupon can.

Who inspires you?

Martin Lewis, OBE. I think he’s such an inspiration and actively works hard to make life financially better for other people. I have learnt so much from him and I’m as savvy as I am in both work and personal life because of how he’s taught me to make that £ go further.

What was your first impression of Groupon as an employer?

Groupon wants everyone to work together towards the same goal whilst working hard to get the job done. Everyone was approachable and willing to give insight and time from entry level to senior leadership. The office had such an energized environment, everyone seemed to have passion for what they did.

How does your work impact Groupon’s mission of building the daily habit in local commerce?

Consumables is a category that is an activation and frequency driver. We base our strategy that our customers are repeat purchasers for the brands that everyone knows and trusts. Our main goal is to have a consistent supply of the brands at the best price so that the customer comes back again and again!

Describe the proudest moment you’ve had at Groupon.

When I first started at Groupon, my category barely existed and I’ve managed to grow the category from a $0.35m category in 2015 to a $1.6m in 2017, with more growth projected for this year. It’s so rewarding to have been able to grow something from scratch and now have even greater negotiating power and now to many suppliers, Groupon Consumables Germany is seen as a significant purchaser.

I was also proud to have brought in one of the most successful “Owned Inventory” Deals of 2017 which brought the Groupon Goods EMEA countries a total of $250k worth of sales and a healthy GP of 17%.

Have you won any awards?

I was a President’s Club Winner in 2017. I recently got back from Crete as part of President’s Club…it was an amazing trip!! I also was a winner for Goods in the Consumables and Health & Beauty Categories for EMEA.

What do your parents think you do?

My dad’s exact quote when I said I was moving to Groupon prior to knowing my category was, “You’re gonna be the queen of Beef Jerky and toilet paper.” Funny how he predicted that I would be the buyer for toilet paper…

Want to be the Queen (or King) of your own category?

Where were you before you joined Groupon? How did you get here?

Prior to Groupon, I studied buying and merchandising at the Fashion Retail Academy which enabled me to have the opportunity to gain work experience in both M&S’ and Next’s Buying Offices. I then worked at British Home Stores (BHS) for four years on gifting starting as a Buying Associate, leaving a Senior Assistant Buyer (a.k.a A Christmas Gifts Elf). I was in charge of buying and developing ranges on branded and own-branded products working with FOB, Landed & Branded Suppliers. I had the opportunity to develop exclusive licensed products with large brands such as Coca-Cola, Nandos, and Tabasco.

After which I joined Groupon, and have been here for two years.

So what makes your role at Groupon unique?

I love being part of a company that is constantly changing for the better. There aren’t many companies out there where you can suggest and implement changes without being in a senior management position. It’s highly rewarding to know that your opinion matters and that you can make a change no matter how big or how small. Also, online is where the retail market is going and to learn and develop a global e-commerce business is the best kind of experience.

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

I love travelling, visiting new countries, and exploring new cultures. My favourite trip was travelling around Thailand for three weeks. It’s great that I can also do that as part of my job: in the past month alone with Groupon, I have been to Palma, Lisbon, Berlin, and Crete. I am also a keen runner and gym advocate and this year I was really happy to beat my 10k race time from 59:30 to 52:35 minutes! It was such an achievement crossing over the finish line knowing that all the training had paid off.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be and why?

I’d like to be a food product tester. Food always tastes better when it’s free.

What’s your favorite local business?

The Shozna is a local Indian restaurant to us and if we decide to try somewhere new, we always come away thinking, “This isn’t the Shozna.”

Can you write a Groupon haiku?

“A wonderful day – –

Starts with a righteous challenge – –

Ends with solution”

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

It might surprise some but not many….I am in love with Maltesers.

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Milan McGraw – Senior Manager of Operations

Milan McGraw – Senior Manager of Operations

MILAN MCGRAW

Senior Manager of Operations
Chicago, IL
Joined: 2015

In all honesty, we weren’t prepared for the amazing stories Milan would tell about growing up feet away from the Groupon headquarters in Chicago, changing jobs from a little ecommerce company in Seattle, and supporting veterans around the country. Enjoy.

Who or what inspires you?

What inspires me the most is looking outside the office window on Larrabee Street and being able to see my old home in Cabrini-Green. Growing up, most folks from the Cabrini Housing Projects did not go to college, so being able to see what remains of it outside my window is a gentle reminder I must continue to do great things and set the example for others to follow. When my family left Cabrini, we moved to Humboldt Park where we still reside today. Each time I come to work, I am reminded of where I came from and inspired to know that with hard work, we can come from any place or from any situation and be anything we want to be.

What’d you do before you joined Groupon?

Prior to Groupon, I worked at a little company in Seattle named Amazon. While a successful company, it’s not the best place to work if you have kids. Having a place to work that provides work-life balance is my number one priority. I always remembered the Groupon folks I came across while working for Dyson a few years ago, and everyone always said great things about working at Groupon. Once I began my search to move back to Chicago, Groupon became my top choice. I could not have made a better decision: Groupon provides a great work-life balance, room for growth, and there is always something new to work on.

What was your first impression of Groupon?

My first impression of Groupon was several years ago while visiting the 600 West Chicago building and seeing everyone in a green Groupon jacket. I was like “Wow, this place must be amazing!” People were smiling, having fun, and were excited to talk about what they were working on. Overall, my impression is still the same: Groupon is an incredible company that changes lives. Simply put, Groupon is a company that wants everyone to have fun and add value to the lives of both employees and customers.

How does your work impact Groupon’s mission of becoming the daily habit in local commerce?

My work impacts Groupon’s mission of building the daily habit in local commerce by selling goods from local suppliers on our e-commerce platform, educating vendors about how to set up their supply chain to grow with Groupon’s volume, and assisting in planning the right selection mix for our customers. Everything we do in operations is centered around connecting with local vendors and helping them scale their business on our platform.

What’s your biggest Groupon accomplishment?

One of the most rewarding moments for me was last year when my team learned SQL and Tableau, then started running their own SQL queries without having to seek outside assistance. Team members took a variety of MOOCs, including Coursera and Udacity. It was exciting news the first time I received a message notifying me that a member of my team had completed their first Tableau class. Being able to retrieve, visualize, and display our own data has helped our department become the authority on operations. In the past when we worked on several dashboards and made requests to other teams for assistance, we had to rely on their availability to assist.

Today, when we need some advanced analysis, a new dashboard, or an innovative way to communicate a story, our team can build our own reporting structures to retrieve the data. It’s really about coming together as a Groupon family to support one another, identifying the skill sets needed to help grow the business, and cultivating internal talent by providing people with the feedback and coaching needed to learn and grow within the organization.

Have you won any awards recently?

I recently won 1st place in the GLO-BUS: Developing Winning Competitive Strategies Competition. I acted as a senior executive at the best-performing company in an industry setting where a team of students ran companies and crafted strategies aimed at achieving superior financial performance and market leadership; the exercise was conducted in a strategy course at Morris Graduate School of Management.

What do your parents think you do?

My parents literally think I sell coupons…it’s hilarious. Every time I see them they ask “…any new Groupon coupons?” referring back to a time when we used a Groupon to have dinner at Al’s Char-House in La Grange. Hilarious!

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So you’re involved with basically every Employee Resource Group as well as the Employee Volunteer Program. Can you tell us about your involvement in some of these groups?

I joined Groupon for Veterans in order to give back to those who have served and continue to serve. I am a U.S. Marine and my daughter is currently serving on active duty at Marine Corps Base in Honolulu. Participation in the Veterans ERG for me was a must for me. Educating others on the professional skills associated with military service is crucial: most people think of diversity based on race, gender, generations and thinking styles, but often forget military veterans. I feel that veterans add a ton of perspective to the workplace; most of us have traveled all over the world and are extremely serious when it comes to getting the job done. I joined G4Vets to continue sharing my military experiences with others, assist transitioning veterans with connecting to Groupon, and translate their leadership skills to the workplace.

My most memorable event with our G4Vets was taking ten non-veteran Groupon volunteers to the Jesse Brown Veterans Hospital to volunteer for an afternoon. Most were in awe that such a place exists and were in shock that there were so many veterans who required special attention. We walked with veterans, read the newspaper, and listened to one veteran’s story from WWII—an Army Signal Intelligence Officer—who later became a postal police officer. It was not the volunteering that meant the most to me, but being able to share this experience with others who have no exposure to some of the challenges facing veterans.

If you could do any other job for a day, what would it be and why?

I would be a fireman because when a fireman gets ready for work, nobody asks, “What do you do?” Kids dig them, they straight up save lives, you get paid to help others, and at the end of the day, you’re a hero.

What’s your favorite local business?

My favorite local business is Yamato’s Foot Massage Bar. There is nothing better than reflexology! Get the Groupon!

Can you write a Groupon haiku?

The best view in town — Having coffee with my team — Making things happen

Tell us something about you that might surprise us!

I run two marathons per year (sometimes more). My most recent 2017 marathons include the Chicago Marathon and the US Marine Corps Marathon in DC, just two weeks later. I run these two specific marathons every year (and will for the rest of my life) so I can run for all those who are unable to run and for those who have sacrificed their lives to keep us safe.

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