What’s your favorite Groupon memory?
I would say there are a couple of experiences that are very “Groupon.” Starting with the random superheroes we would see roaming around the office, the raptor roaming around the halls looking for someone to eat, and when Groupon had a Halloween zombie infestation in the elevator bank and everyone ran for their lives when trying to get to work. Most recently, Darth Vader was roaming the halls looking for rebel spies. Oh man, I thought I was a goner!
Tell us about your job! What do you do? What do you love about it?
I’m an Enterprise Relationship Manager and I manage enterprise-level accounts for the automotive maintenance category. I’ve always been into cars and motorcycles, so managing this category is a very good fit and I love that I work with something that I’m passionate about.
What’s been the most challenging thing you’ve worked on?
Due to Groupon’s ever-evolving platforms, there are always new challenges and each one is more challenging than the last. I love it! It keeps things interesting and new.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by reaching the next level. The possibility of getting to the next stage in my career is what motivates me to continue to work hard and lay the foundation for what my future can become.
What was your first impression of Groupon as an employer?
I was very happy to be here and I could immediately see the culture and pace were more my speed. First impressions count and I’ve been here almost five and a half years, so Groupon’s first impression was a very good one for me.
How does your work impact Groupon’s mission of building the daily habit in local commerce?
I manage the automotive maintenance category which brings inventory to the site for services that consumers need for their vehicles on a regular basis. By having these deals listed on Groupon, it gives consumers the ability to find great merchants in their backyard that they might not have realized were there. In a sense, it’s changing how consumers find businesses. And those merchants can provide them with the services they need for their vehicles which they rely on every day.
President’s Club 2014 and President’s Club 2017.
Describe the proudest moment you’ve had at Groupon.
The proudest moments I’ve had were when I won President’s Club. I’ve won twice and my second time winning was a feat in and of itself. I was a runner-up in 2015 and 2016 so I’m hoping I can win it for the third time this year.
Your role probably exists at other companies aside from Groupon…so what makes your role at Groupon unique?
Groupon is unique as it embodies the culture that it claims to have. The people are truly what makes this place great. It also helps to work and stand behind a marketing platform that is as effective as it is. There is nothing else out there that drives the results that Groupon drives and it’s amazing being a part of it.
You’re a member of Groupon for Latinos and Groupon Volunteers. Why did you join? Any memories you’d like to share?
I’m involved with Groupon Volunteers as it is a good way to get connected with organizations that give back to the community. My first time volunteering was for Tutoring Chicago at a picnic and I just loved getting to hang out and show the next generation of Chicagoans, teaching them how to play games and sports. I also volunteer for the Figueroa Wu Family Foundation UI Health Pilsen Food Pantry which provides groceries to lower-income families in the Chicago Pilsen neighborhood.
Join my team!
My dad isn’t too sure about what I do. He just knows it’s for a company that is on the interwebs. My mom has a better idea and knows it has something to do with online coupons and vouchers.
You probably have a life outside Groupon; what are you up to when you’re not at work?
When I’m not at work, I’m either working out to get those endorphins up, planning my next trip, traveling, or working on my car. I’m pretty handy when it comes to cars and it’s my favorite past time.
If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be and why?
I’d be a race car driver! I’ve been on a race track a few times already and as a kid, I always wanted to become a driver.
What’s your favorite local business?
Kawa Sushi in Bridgeport.
Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I’ve traveled to eight different countries but I’ve only visited eight different US cities. I’ve also traveled to Milwaukee by bicycle which was around 100 miles and it took about 8.5 hours to arrive.