How does your work impact Groupon’s mission of building the daily habit in local commerce?
I get to hire people who help small businesses find success in an increasingly big-business world. I’m super into that. I love small businesses and we get to help them succeed.
Talk about your involvement with Blacks in Groupon (BiG) – what does your partnership with them look like?
I’m the talent partner for Blacks In Groupon (BiG). My goal is to provide resources to the group as to how to utilize their networks to bring in top talent, as well as being a resource for current members in terms of internal options if they want to search for a new role at the company.
What’s your favorite Groupon memory?
I do a lot of comedy stuff here in Chicago, and in April of 2014 I had my first live show. I was so nervous to actually perform in front of people for the first time, and a few minutes before showtime, I look out into the audience and my entire recruiting team was in the front row. This was the first time it really hit me how lucky I was to work for this great company. Here was this team that barely knew me, front row of a show in which I danced around the stage like Paula Deen. I’ll never forget that for as long as I live.
Who inspires you?
Folks who wear shorts during the winter because “they don’t get cold.” Hehe, just kidding. I have been inspired by a wide variety of things, but mostly musical theater, baseball games, and my brother Samb.
What was your first impression of Groupon?
Whoa! What a cool place. How neat are these swinging chairs! Let me go to the 4th floor to check that out. Oh god, I am locked in a stairwell.
What’s your favorite local business?
Southside Sub Shop in Elmira, NY. They have the best bread in the world. They also do this thing where they add just a smidge too much mayonnaise, but it mixes with the bread and hot peppers so well that you don’t even care at all.
What’s something that candidates are surprised to learn about Groupon?
The vast majority of the company has breakfast at least a few times a week.
If you could do any other job for a day, what would it be?
My dream job is to be what Andy Richter is to Conan – the late night host’s sidekick.
Tell us something about you that might surprise us.
The only Keane album I enjoyed was Strangeland.