Kathryn Winiecki – Tax Manager

Kathryn Winiecki – Tax Manager

KATHRYN WINIECKI

Tax Manager
Chicago, IL
Joined: 2017

What’s your favorite conference room?

The immense exposure that Kathryn’s role as a Tax Manager brings her is part of what keeps her excited to come to Groupon every day, but the #1 thing? The people! (OK and maybe team outings like Sears Tower yoga and Beyonce spin class don’t hurt, either.)

Tell us about your job as a Tax Manager!

I manage global tax compliance and reporting, which means I assist with the coordination and review of tax filings in the US and all over the world. What I love most about my job is that I get to interact with so many different people on a daily basis, whether that be here at HQ or in another country. I’ve even gotten the opportunity to practice my German (I studied it in high school and college). I am responsible for managing our global tax filings and audits, which gives me the opportunity to work with accounting, legal, and procurement teams. I’m grateful for the relationships I’ve been able to build at Groupon and the talented people I have the chance to work with daily. Tax laws are constantly changing, and Groupon is always evolving, so I’m never bored here!

Tax exists at other companies, so why Groupon? What keeps you excited to come to work every day?

Groupon is constantly changing as a business and facing new tax challenges. I enjoy the daily challenges and problem-solving that my job involves. My boss is also pretty great and truly cares about the team and our development. One of the best things about the Groupon tax team is definitely its people. We work extremely hard, but we also make sure to take the time to do fun activities together outside the office. This past year, these included (but were not limited to) yoga at the top of Sears Tower, a Beyonce-themed spin class, WhirlyBall, flag football, and a Chicago brewery bar crawl. On most Fridays after work, you can find at least a couple tax team members playing ring toss at Jerk down the street.

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

In tax, it is a little more difficult to impact this habit directly. However, what the tax team does every day helps leaders plan and make the best decisions for the company. I’m also always shamelessly plugging Groupon deals to all my friends and family…

What’s your biggest accomplishment at Groupon?

My team’s biggest accomplishment last year was bringing Groupon’s US tax compliance in-house and preparing the tax returns ourselves, something that had never been done before. I know that might not sound glamorous, but I was so proud of the way the team really came together to get this done despite the challenges we faced along the way.

What do your parents think you do?

They think I crunch numbers in Excel all day without speaking to anyone.

What’d you do before Groupon? How’d you get here?

Before Groupon, I worked as a Tax Manager at a public accounting firm. After speaking with a Groupon recruiter and meeting the tax team, I knew I wanted to work here.  In just one year, I’ve been exposed to so many different tax projects and types of work. The wide range of experience is something that you can’t find at every company, and I feel it has really helped further my career in tax. The culture at Groupon also drew me in; it’s a fast-paced environment, but the people here are always willing to help each learn and grow. The people at Groupon really make it a great place to work, and I’m extremely grateful for the friendships I’ve made here.

What was your first impression of Groupon as an employer?

“Is that a cat in a spaceship?”

Tell us about your involvement with Groupon Volunteers.

I joined Groupon Volunteers in order to give back to the community and meet people from other teams at Groupon. Groupon makes it SO easy to volunteer: just sign up and show up for whatever events you’re passionate about!

What keeps you busy outside of work?

When I’m not at work, I’m probably planning my next trip, doing yoga, playing rec volleyball, cooking, or obsessing over Instagram pug puppies that I don’t own (yet).

What’s your favorite local business?

Music Box Theater: great spot for independent and classic movies.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

When I was five years old, I jumped off of a swing set and broke both of my arms at the same time.

Who or what inspires you?

My grandma inspires me because even as a woman in her eighties, she is still traveling the world. Last year, she went to Russia by herself! My wanderlust likely comes from her, and I hope to always have that sense of adventure. My next trip is to Southeast Asia in July, and I can’t wait.

Anne Bustamante – Strategic Account Executive

Anne Bustamante – Strategic Account Executive

ANNE BUSTAMANTE

Strategic Account Executive
Chicago, IL
Joined: 2014

It can be daunting to switch jobs as a parent, especially when you’re a mother of three. But between joining the Parents@Groupon resource group and Groupon’s flexible environment, Anne has settled into a company where she can thrive.

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

I’m a salesperson for Groupon Getaways and cultivate relationships with hoteliers in the central region of the U.S. Together, we build deals based on seasonality and performance and look to grow the relationship over time. I love that what I put into my job is what I get out of it.

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

I love to travel. I have a running list of places I want to see and plan on visiting as many as I can when I have a little more time. The Getaways home page is up on my computer all day…in part because I’m always looking for new destinations to visit but also because I work in Getaways (it’s a win/win). The work we do inspires travel and as we grow I see markets expand and people looking to Groupon exclusively for the best rates and most interesting locations.

What’s the most challenging thing you’ve done here?

Any presentation I’ve given (or have to give)! I’m not a fan of public speaking, so that’s always my biggest challenge.

What was your first impression of Groupon as an employer?

There’s so much energy, activity, color, opportunity, and collaboration at Groupon. I noticed it when I started and still see this every day on the job.

I love that since I’ve been here I’ve never heard the statement, “because that’s the way we’ve always done it.” Instead, I hear “we can do that” or “let’s give it a shot!” and think it’s the best way to grow the company and that’s exciting.

Have you won any awards in your time here?

Yes! I won President’s Club in 2016.

Sales obviously exists at other companies, so why Groupon? Why not sell elsewhere?

I came here because, professionally, I’ve always worn many, many hats and I was at a place in my life where I wanted to focus on one specific profession and do that one thing really well. My experience with Groupon had always been positive and I had heard that the culture was super awesome and collaborative. I love that since I’ve been here I’ve never heard the statement, “because that’s the way we’ve always done it.” Instead, I hear “we can do that” or “let’s give it a shot!” and think it’s the best way to grow the company and that’s exciting.

Show us your favorite view from the office!

What do your parents think you do?

My dad owned a bicycle store for 25 years and I spent my summers and weekends working at the bike shop. I cut my teeth in sales before I could ever ride a bike. I thought my parents would say that I work with travel or that I work at Groupon (they’re subscribers so they get it!), but when I asked them they responded, “obviously we think you sell.” I think they’ll always think my job is to sell!

Speaking of parents, tell us about your involvement with Parents@Groupon!

I was co-chair of Parents@Groupon from April 2016 until December 2017 and a member of the group since I started at Groupon in 2014. I’m a mother of three and when I started at Groupon, I looked to the group as a resource and as a support system. Honestly, I was a little worried about entering such a young company with a family. What I found when I joined the group was a surprisingly large network of parents and allies and an amazing team that wanted to make Groupon a great place to work for parents.

Backing up a bit, where were you before joining Groupon and what brought you here?

My background is in the arts. After I graduated college I worked as a medical photographer in a hospital in Baltimore, MD., then in Springfield, IL. I transitioned into arts management and worked for several non-profit arts organizations throughout Chicago overseeing membership, sales, and sponsorships. One of the organizations I worked for used Groupon to sell memberships and that was my first introduction to the company. I loved the process and seeing the impact on the organization.

Where can we find you when you’re not at work?

I spend all my time out of the office with my family and dog. I love to cook and eat and I have lots of kitchen help: kids chopping, husband chatting, dog rooting.

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

Coffee taster. I took a coffee cupping class once and while I don’t think I have the palette or experience to evaluate coffee, I would love to taste different coffees and learn about their flavors. It’s fascinating. (I was up for almost two days after the cupping class, so I think one day would have to be it!)

What’s your favorite local business?

105F – Chicago. I started going here on a Groupon a couple years ago and it’s still my favorite place for yoga.

Tell us something about you that would surprise us!

I can untangle anything!

What’s your favorite Groupon memory?

I have to admit, I was a huge fan of the candy pit in the enchanted forest. All that candy in the tree stump is the most random thing I’d seen in the office. I didn’t expect to see anything like it and thought I was imagining things! It was so beautiful…

John Kasang – HR Business Partner

John Kasang – HR Business Partner

JOHN KASANG

HR Business Partner
Chicago, IL
Joined: 2011

John has lost count of the number of roles he’s had here. He’s a shining example of career mobility at Groupon, starting off as a temp in Editorial and making his way into HR by way of Recruiting. What’s next? Maybe blueberry farmer.

What’d you do before Groupon? How’d you get here?

I coached swimming at my local pool and one of the parents whose children I coached worked for a temp agency that had a position at Groupon. Diving for pennies was pretty fun, but I thought I’d give an office job a try!

What positions have you worked here?

I was hired as a temp to be a Merchant Center Creator and my full-time offer in March 2012 was for Quality Assurance in the Editorial department. From there I moved into an Associate Site Editor role and then I moved into HR.

Can you explain a bit about what each job entailed?

  • As a Merchant Center Creator (MCC) I opened up a central repository for merchants that would host their data from their deals. In Quality Assurance, we checked the facts! I was part detective, part internet troll, and part mathematician as we wanted everything on the deal to be correct. Finally, as an Associate Site Editor, we made edits to deals that were live on the site.
  • Jumping into HR, I started off as a Recruiting Coordinator. I scheduled interviews, gave tours, booked travel, created offer letters, and partnered with a recruiter as their right-hand man. I eventually was promoted to Recruiter, Recruiter II, and then a Senior Recruiter leading our Customer Service, Risk Management, and Consumer Fraud talent acquisition. It was fascinating, fast-paced, and I was able to not only able to hire in Chicago but throughout the country.
  • Now I am the HR Business Partner for our Finance, Communications, and Legal Department. As an HRBP I am here to formulate partnerships across HR functions to drive initiatives and help with things like Benefits, Compensation, and Talent and Development. I am here to support & champion our employees!

Why did you want to jump from Editorial to HR and how did you go about doing that?

I toyed with the idea of working in the non-profit sector before coming to Groupon. I enjoy the complexities of people; we all have big goals, some problems, and challenges in our life and HR seemed to be the place to marry that in the public sector.

How did each job prepare you for the next one?

I had some incredible managers who fed my hunger to grow and let me fail forward.

How many jobs have you had?

Gosh, I don’t know…about six or seven. I lost count.

How have you navigated your career moves at Groupon?

I live by the motto, “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” Relationships are a huge part of building your career. Taking the extra step to recognize efforts and intentions along with life events goes a long way in creating open communication and opportunity.

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

Our business exists in a diverse world, and our employees mirror that! We want to build a diverse and inclusive workplace and give that population the means to grow and become better suited to serve that community.

Have you won any awards?

Does Best Beard count?!

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

Working with a global team always keeps me on my toes because employment laws and regulations vary country to country, state to state, even sometimes city to city. It’s important to be detail-focused so nothing slips through the cracks.

Can you talk about what your global work entails? What teams and/or teammates do you work with and where are they located?

Finance, Legal, and Comms have folks all over the world: Chennai, Bangalore, Warsaw, Milan, Dublin, London, and more. I partner with the business and local HR support on a variety of topics.

Are you a member of an Employee Resource Group?

I’m the Professional Development Chair for Groupon for Latinos.

Can you talk about what it means to be the Professional Development Chair for Groupon for Latinos? Why are you involved? Why is it important to Groupon?

There are so many intersections of diversity and inclusion and part of that is understanding that they exist and how to embrace and celebrate them. Personal and professional development stretch our horizons and drive us to be life learners. With that, I want to bring more to our Groupon for Latinos community along with other amazing ERGs. We are better, more imaginative, and inventive with more knowledge in our back pockets!

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

I’m an avid kombucha brewer, plant whisperer, competitive walker, non-competitive rollerblader, and lover of all vegetables.

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

I kind of want to be a blueberry farmer, though I’m not really sure why…

What’s your favorite local business?

Adams and Sons, best plant store in town!

 

 

Martha Szatkowski – Senior Director, Global Risk

Martha Szatkowski – Senior Director, Global Risk

MARTHA SZATKOWSKI

Senior Director, Global Risk
Chicago, IL
Joined: 2013

If you’re looking for an inspiring leader—or a workout buddy in Chicago—Martha, Senior Director of Global Risk, is your go-to.

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

This is a tough question to answer in a short way! I oversee a Global team that is made up of three main functions: merchant escalations, recoveries, and analytics. That doesn’t totally capture our mission and overall work, of course. I could go on in depth but it’s so interesting that I don’t want everyone coming to me and asking to work on my team.  🙂

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

I am challenged every day in my role. That is what has kept me at Groupon. On the worst or most stressful day, I leave thinking…wow, I learned so much today and I am humbled by all the amazing and smart people that I get to learn from each day.

Who or what inspires you?

Generally speaking, passionate people inspire me–whether it’s a passion for work, family, the arts, etc. If I am getting more specific, my mom and dad have been the most inspirational people in my life. Each of them has a beautiful story–from coming to the U.S with almost nothing to accomplishing so much and more than I could ever imagine both professionally and personally. Their energy, strength, and passion for life have always been contagious.

Speaking of your parents, what do they think you do?

I explain Groupon a lot to my mom and I still don’t think she knows! My nieces and nephews know I work in an office with a cat spaceship and to call Aunt Martha if they ever get in trouble. I think that last part is because my siblings don’t know how else to explain what a lawyer does or what someone in the Risk field does!

Were you referred to Groupon by anyone?

Yes, Silvija Martinjevic!

You recently celebrated your 5-year Groupon anniversary! Take us back to 2013: what was your first impression of Groupon as an employer?

When I first walked in the door on that first day of work back in March 2013, I thought…what am I doing here?! I had always worked in a traditional office environment as a lawyer so the open platform, all the themed areas in Groupon, the cat spaceship…all of it was so different. However, the one thing that struck me above all of the differences was the energy–I could feel the energy of the office and how people enjoyed their jobs!

So after working in a more traditional environment, then coming to Groupon, what keeps you coming to work every day? What makes your work here unique?

The general Risk field is different at all companies. Groupon is unique because if you work hard and want to take on more and things that may not specifically fall into your field, you are encouraged to do it. I have had the opportunity to take on many different tasks/roles within my overall Risk role and more projects than I can count. I work daily with many different cross-functional teams. Why do I stay at Groupon? My extremely supportive manager and awesome team keep me at Groupon. Every day is different and challenging.

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

Part of my job is to get the best merchants on our platform and then to keep our customers coming back to the site to buy amazing deals on all our lines of business.

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

I am a spin class fanatic and I love to make my friends workout with me–ask anyone on my team…I’m always looking for workout buddies! I love to cook and have been trying to learn how to play guitar. I have a very big family and we are spread out from the midwest to the west coast so I spend a lot of free time trying to see them all!

What’s your favorite Groupon memory?

I can’t think of just 1 memory that is my favorite…but the most random thing is the day I walked into an elevator with the Abominable Snowman.

There are a lot of amazing Groupon stories. What’s your biggest accomplishment?

Honestly, my biggest accomplishment is being part of building a successful Global team. I have been lucky to work with a team that is so passionate, smart,  and hardworking on a daily basis. I am also proud of being asked to Chair Women@Groupon in early 2017. It has been a wild ride working to empower women (and men) in a time where women have such a strong voice in this world.

What’d you do before Groupon? How’d you get here?

I practiced as a lawyer specializing in complex medical malpractice litigation (yes, I know totally makes sense that I came to Groupon!). A very close friend of mine was and is still working at Groupon–she introduced me to my former boss and after meeting at Motel Bar for lunch 5+ years ago, we left our meeting talking about an open role. The rest is history.

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

I love to cook and am obsessed with Top Chef…for one day I would love to know what it’s like to be a real chef in a restaurant somewhere in the West Loop of Chicago.

What’s your favorite local business?

Cycle X in the West Loop and La Colombe in the West Loop. Spinning and coffee…that’s pretty much how I make it through the day!

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I used to sing as a kid–from voice coaches to theater to even taking classes in college. I always knew I wanted to go to law school but I thought maybe I could do Broadway on the side! Only kidding, I always knew I wanted to pursue a law career but briefly had a musical passion. Now, all my friends who know I used to sing try to (unsuccessfully) get me to do karaoke!

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Jon Smith – Enterprise Relationship Manager

Jon Smith – Enterprise Relationship Manager

JON SMITH

Enterprise Relationship Manager
Chicago, IL
Joined: 2011

Jon has made quite the career for himself at Groupon after transitioning from Customer Service to the National Sales Team…and you can check him out on Spotify, too!

Tell us about your job!

My role is Enterprise Relationship Manager. I work with national retailers and own the alcohol and magazines categories.

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

Just about every year there is a major challenge that pushes me to stretch out of my comfort zone. Groupon is always changing, so just being around for the multiple changes, competitors, public perceptions (good and bad) can be looked at as a challenge by itself, but there are a few specific examples I can think of: I was the first person to have the role of CS Resolutions Team Representative exclusively for National deals. This required me to help develop what the position would do, what was required of it, and how it should handle national offers and customer issues, which needed to be interacted with differently from our local process.

I then worked on some rather large deals in the company history like Toys R Us, the first Starbucks campaign, Target, and many more. Then I transitioned to National Sales & Account management from CS, without any prior sales experience; learning to sell and navigate merchant relationships on the fly was a huge challenge, but also fun and rewarding. I felt like I finally found a role where I could use my skill set not to just make customers happy, but make a different kind of customer (the merchant) more successful in their business goals.

Have you won any awards here?

President’s Club 2014 and I was selected to the Merchant Development Mentor Program in 2017

My team is hiring.

Can you write a Groupon haiku?

Reach the tipping point – –

That’s a two thousand ten Joke – –

A cat has no name

What do your parents think you do?

My mom said, “Keep clients satisfied,” and my dad said, “You never really told us, but isn’t it something to do with selling things for discounts on Groupon?”

Tell us about your involvement with Groupon Volunteers.

Admittedly, I could volunteer more frequently; every year I just try to be a better person (in a million ways) I do feel that service of all kinds is important because it helps me maintain perspective for what really matters and what life is all about at the end of the day. Plus, sometimes I get lucky and highlighted in articles like this.

What were you up to before joining Groupon?

I was a Guest Services Trainer at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. I followed my girlfriend at the time (wife now!) into Chicago’s snowpocalypse of 2010/2011 after she told me about this great new company called Groupon that offered her a job.

What keeps you busy outside of work?

I write songs and spend a lot of time on my music project which is on iTunes & Spotify! Feel free to plug that all day!

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

Storm chaser, not a joke. I’m too fearful to do that over and over but I am fascinated by tornadoes.

What’s your favorite local business?

Macku Sushi

Tell us something about you that might surprise us.

People don’t usually believe that my music project is really me.

“In the corporate world, it’s hard to find an environment where people are really looking to do their best work with a bigger picture mindset, that’s what we have here – the people are special.”

What’s your proudest Groupon accomplishment?

Two things I am particularly proud of:

1. Starting my career with Groupon in Customer Support and transitioning in less than two years to National Sales/Account Management without having any prior sales experience. I earned the respect and trust of the department through my role as National CS Resolutions representative and really learned the importance and impact that networking can have on not just my career, but life in general. I was brought into a very intense sink-or-swim environment without a sales foundation and managed to navigate those challenges and win presidents club my 2nd year in.

2. Working on the very first Starbucks campaign. That campaign sold between 1-2 million vouchers in just a few days. It was a big deal for the company and had a lot of eyes on its performance, both internal and external so being part of such a massive project was exciting. After it ended, Rich Williams (prior to CEO) wrote an email to the company and referenced a few dozen people by name, mine included, which was a really proud moment for me.

What inspires you?

Authenticity. I’m not a big “rah-rah” kind of personality, but I am inspired by people taking action through passion and I believe authentic and honest motivation is infectious.

What was your first impression of Groupon as an employer?

I was relatively young when I started here and remembered thinking that movies about office/business life didn’t really live up to how daily Groupon life was.

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

This is tricky, given that I work in the Enterprise Division. While we do work with national retailers, not every merchant has an employee base of 5,000 people. There are several businesses I work with consistently that can reach customers across the country and provide them services continuously. While they may have a large reach, they are still family-run businesses who are as concerned with developing relationships with their customer base as the local pizza restaurant on the corner.

What’s the oddest thing you’ve seen happen at the office?

It could be between the T. Rex roaming the halls, seeing Ashton Kutcher in the lobby, Steve Harvey visiting the office, holding Olympic events in office during the 2012 games, the parade we had for the guy who lived off of Groupon for all of 2010, the day we went public, or the unveiling of all the conference room names.

Your role may exist at other companies, so why Groupon? What keeps you excited to come to work every day?

Groupon itself is unique and made up of so many creative, entertaining, intelligent, and driven individuals. On any given day, you never know what you will walk by, or what will walk by you. In the corporate world it’s hard to find an environment where people are really looking to do their best work with a bigger picture mindset, that’s what we have here – the people are special.

Joe Davis – Lifecycle Marketing Manager

Joe Davis – Lifecycle Marketing Manager

JOE DAVIS

Lifecycle Marketing Manager
Chicago, IL
Joined: 2010

What’s your favorite view from the office?

What’s your favorite conference room in the office?

Creating online rabbit holes with Joe, a Groupon veteran who attributes his success here to the mantra “it’s easier to ask for forgiveness, not permission.”

There are a lot of amazing Groupon stories. What’s your biggest accomplishment?

My biggest accomplishment was several years in the making. I like to think that I played a roll in a significant organizational change. As Groupon matured there was a tipping point where internal processes created merchant friction to get re-featured on the site. From this, the hunter-farmer model was created. I was on the NYC team that first piloted the model. From there, a sales and account management hybrid team was created called “Titanium.” When I became a manager for the US southeast, I convinced my manager to let me pilot the model with my team. My team didn’t make any commission on their sales so I used to pay them in Target gift cards out of my own pocket to keep them motivated.

Today much of the Sales org is structured with this model. Looking back, what makes me the proudest is seeing how successful all the people that were part of that process are today. Many are still here. They are site directors, product managers, divisional sales managers, head of operations, trainers, the list goes on. We were all it together. To help push such huge organizational change was really amazing.

Tell us about your job! What do you do?

I am a Marketing Manager on the Lifecycle Marketing team. We know what attributes make a consumer more valuable. My job is to develop and manage marketing programs that increase the lifetime value of our consumers. In my mind, I visualize a robotic assembly line plucking out the right consumer, giving them the right offer or message at the right time to drive a specific behavior. In the past year, our Product and Data Science teams have done an awesome job giving the marketing channels the tools and visibility we need. We’ve barely scratched the surface of what’s possible. I’m extremely optimistic about Groupon’s future.

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

I’m currently working on a Promotional Efficiency Experiment. The goal is to reduce inefficient promotional spend and then reinvest the savings on consumers to increase lifetime value. That seems straightforward, but executing it is extremely challenging. It is by far the most important thing I’ve ever worked on.

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

Most of the marketing programs I work on have a formula. A consumer does X with Y and triggers Z. Z can range from cross-selling to a new business vertical, driving purchase frequency, or mobile app downloads. All of these transitions ultimately make the consumer’s relationship with Groupon stickier and drive the daily habit.

Have you won any awards in your time here?

In mid-2013, my wife and I honeymooned in Punta Cana. A couple months after we got back, I found out I had won President’s Club, and the destination for winners was…Punta Cana. Had I known I was going to win I would have picked somewhere different to have my honeymoon!

What’s your favorite local business?

Michael’s Original Pizzeria & Tavern. It’s a great local pizza joint in my neighborhood. The ‘za is delicious and has a great vibe. It’s a great place to catch a game or just sit outside on the patio and drink local beer with my pug.

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

I’ve been fortunate to have been given a lot of autonomy and trust which is a testament to the management here. When I was a manager in the Sales org I asked to run a pilot team. My manager believed in me and helped make it happen. When I worked in email marketing I figured out a way to automate a large portion of my job. My manager didn’t just delegate more work, he let me decide how I would use my time to drive more innovation. I was encouraging a team member of mine to “ask for forgiveness, not permission” on an idea he had. The very next day Rich (Groupon’s CEO) said that line verbatim in all-hands meeting in front of the entire company. That moment exemplified the culture and management that makes Groupon a great place to work.

Can you write a Groupon haiku?

Build Local Habit — Nothing is impossible — Roll up your shirt sleeves

What’s your favorite Groupon memory?

There was one time that New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg came to speak at a Groupon town hall. When you hear most people tell this story they talk about the miniature horse hanging out in the elevator. While that’s certainly random, that wasn’t my favorite part of that day. Someone asked mayor Bloomberg what made him successful. He said that when he was first starting out he knew he wasn’t smarter than the person next to him or more talented, but he knew he could work harder than that person. He knew that he could come in earlier and stay later than that person. His value on work ethic really resonated with me.

Who or what inspires you?

My wife inspires me. While I was working at Groupon, I earned my MBA by taking night classes while my wife was also working on her Master’s degree. We both suffered through it together. For three years we spent almost every weekend at the Groupon office studying, which is a great place to study because of its huge conference rooms and fast internet. I couldn’t have gone through all of that without my wife.

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

I’d like do Merchant Marketing for a day. I’m at a point now where half my career at Groupon has been on the consumer marketing side and the other half has been on the sales and merchant side. Groupon is a two-sided marketplace, consumers, and merchants. I’m uniquely positioned where I have equal experience with both worlds. I’d like a day to merge everything I’ve learned into one Merchant Marketing culmination.

What do your parents think you do?

Not too long ago my dad forwarded me an article about tech companies having a “Bring Your Parents to Work Day.” Groupon doesn’t participate, but I told my parents to come anyway. I gave them a mini tour and treated them to lunch in the employee cafeteria. I started to explain what I do and how I do it and my mom said something like “you create the rabbit hole when I’m online shopping.” That’s actually pretty close.

Tell us about your involvement with Groupon Volunteers!

I do a lot of volunteering in my neighborhood. I set a goal for myself this year to do a better job tracking it all in VolunteerMatch. I just logged some work I did with Ginkgo Organic Gardens, a community garden that donates 100% of the food grown to Vital Bridges, a center that helps people with HIV/AIDS in Chicago. I also recently became a Block Captain for Buena Park Neighbors, a neighborhood association whose mission is to improve the quality of life for residents through business development, green projects and much more. I think it’s important to give back and serve the community.

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

I try to do at least two half marathons a year. When I race, I like to wear my Groupon running shirt from the Chase Corporate Challenge. I’m a marketer at heart, so I always try to calculate the number of free impressions I’m getting by wearing it. I’d like to think the person running behind me goes home and downloads the app. I also have a pug. Pug people are super into their pugs. I’m no exception.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

My first car was a monster truck. Specifically an 84 Blazer with a lift kit and 38-inch tires. A 16-year-old has no business driving that kind of a car. I loved it.

Neville Horton – Merchant Development Manager

Neville Horton – Merchant Development Manager

NEVILLE HORTON

Merchant Development Manager
Chicago, IL
Joined: 2014

Keep an eye out for Neville: he might have a famous BBQ sauce one day and you heard it from us first!

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

As a Merchant Development Manager for the Home & Auto team (oil changes, car detailers, etc.), I help cultivate and maintain relationships with local businesses throughout all US markets. I love how no matter the size of the company, all business owners seem to carry a Fortune 500 swag.

What was your first impression of Groupon as an employer?

I got the sense when I first walked through the doors it was ‘a-happy-to-be-at-work’ type of culture. Work hard, play even harder. Things haven’t changed much since 2014.

Who inspires you?

I’m inspired by the unconditional love my children show. Family is the end all be all for me. After a long day, seeing my kids run to the door to greet me when I come home is unmatched satisfaction and why I work so hard. It never gets old and it resets my energy meter immediately. Any parent will tell you it’s one of the best feelings in the world.

What’s your favorite local business?

Guitar Center. It’s the ultimate playground for the home studio musician/enthusiast.

Tell us something about you that might surprise us. 

I have literally been working on a BBQ sauce for roughly 7 years. I’m told it tastes great!

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

I work with a great team of driven and motivated individuals who are dedicated to not only personal success but making sure the entire unit succeeds. Of course within this unit is the local business merchant we are helping to achieve a positive end result. If the merchant is not winning, we are not winning. And that is not an acceptable option.

What’s the most random thing you’ve witnessed at the office?

Around the time of my first year working at Groupon, I was coming out of the elevator and witnessed a giant T-Rex (a la Jurassic Park) casually walking the halls, scaring the snot out of co-workers, myself included.

Have you won any awards during your time here?

Merchant Development Groupon Green Award 2018 for Inspiration and President’s Club 2018.

What do your parents think you do?

Man, my whole family thinks I totally run the show. They are under the impression I can provide massive discounts on top of the existing deals we offer and one of my aunts is stilling waiting for me to finalize a refund dating back June 2012. Doesn’t matter one bit that I didn’t start working at Groupon until January 2014.

Why did you join Groupon Volunteers?

I’m a huge believer in giving one’s self for the enrichment of others, especially to those in need. This is something my mother instilled in me as a kid and what I try to teach my children today. Being a part of the Employee Volunteer Program just fell in line with my core beliefs.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

As a dad, all of my available free time is dedicated to my kids. A man of many hobbies, my top ‘go to’ I use to relax when the house is asleep is music production and editing.

So if you could do any other job for a day it would be….

Late night Quiet-storm radio DJ. I’m told I have the voice for it.

Women@Groupon – Hillary Proctor, Technical Project Manager

Women@Groupon – Hillary Proctor, Technical Project Manager

HILLARY PROCTOR

Technical Project Manager
Chicago, IL
Joined: 2010

It might surprise you to find out that some of our earliest employees who started in our Editorial department eventually took their skillset to the Engineering organization. Hillary is one of those people! What sort of skills allow for that interesting career move? She explains.

Tell us about what you do!

I was originally hired as a fact-checker in the editorial department and spent my first few years at Groupon as a site editor. I learned a lot about problem-solving under pressure and communicating with different kinds of stakeholders across the company. Both of those skills were key when I transferred to the engineering department for a role on the Application Operations Support team (better known as AOS). AOS handles technical triage and support for both customer-facing and internal applications globally, essentially bridging the gap between business and technical teams. It was a bit of a learning curve at first, but making the switch to tech was the most significant turning point in my career thus far, and I’m so grateful that Groupon afforded me that opportunity.

While in AOS, I was especially interested in coordinating cross-team collaboration and improving documentation, which I later realized was actually project management. After honing those skills through several types of projects, I recently moved into a role in the Engineering Project Management Organization (PMO), so I now get to manage cross-functional projects full time! Members of the PMO have been described as air-traffic controllers, or conductors – whichever metaphor you prefer, we’re basically the ones who orchestrate and keep track of complex efforts across many individuals and teams to ensure a project is executed successfully. We’re also obsessed with spreadsheets and Google calendar, both of which are close to my heart.

What’s the proudest moment in your time at Groupon?

I worked from our amazing Dublin office for six months to help train a new support team there. I’m incredibly proud of that opportunity and how it expanded my own perspective on Groupon as a global company. Plus, it was easy to love living in Ireland!

Take us back to 2010: what was your first impression of Groupon as a workplace?

I joined in May 2010, so it was a lot different back then! Near the end of my second day of work, everyone in the company gathered for a “mandatory meeting” that turned out to be a Cinco de Mayo…toast, if you will. I knew at that moment that my time at Groupon definitely wouldn’t be boring!

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

Our technical projects bring together many teams and drive key strategic initiatives – whether it’s rolling out a new product, ramping up an engineering service, or overseeing a cross-platform campaign with our truly hilarious spokesperson. I know that if the PMO is working on it, it’s mission-critical. More broadly, I’ve seen a ton of growth and operational improvements in my time at Groupon, and I’m excited to keep making the experience even better for customers and merchants.

What keeps you busy outside of work?

I love trying new restaurants and blog about them at hillaryproctor.com. In fact, before I joined Groupon, I went to culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu to become a better-informed food writer! I wrote a few food pieces for Groupon as well, during my time in the editorial department.

What’s your favorite local business?

I’m partial to my neighborhood, Logan Square, so I’m going with Lula Cafe for food and Lost Lake for drinks.

What’s the story behind your track jacket nickname?

I have the full green tracksuit from the early days (I think the pants are considered vintage now), a 5-year black track jacket, and two platinum stars. HPro is a nickname that started in college, but I also made it my handle on HipChat, our internal chat room system. Every so often I’ll hear it out loud from someone I don’t know very well, and it takes a second to remember that it’s only because they’ve seen it in HipChat so many times!

Can you write a Groupon haiku?

This haiku is dedicated to the PMO:

Talented colleagues – –

Managing cross-team projects

Rockstars? Herders? Both

What’s your favorite Groupon memory?

Too many to count over (almost) 8 years! A few that come to mind: celebrating women in tech with 15,000 others at my first Grace Hopper conference, watching multiple sunrises over Lake Michigan during early shifts at our temporary office space, going to Medieval Times and a horse farm for (two different) team outings, and having Thursday market lunches along the canal in Dublin. Oh, and I made a 5-second appearance in a Nightline segment way back in 2010.

But on a sentimental note, I’ve met some of my closest friends here, so that’s what stands out overall.

Have you won any awards in your time here?

Last fall, I won Engineering Operations Employee of the Month and received a (super soft) hoodie.

Tell us about your involvement with Women@Groupon and Groupon Volunteers.

I’m currently on the Women@Groupon leadership board. I’m in charge of finance, so I help ensure that we’re using our budget for maximum impact. Our W@G programming aims to empower women through professional development, networking, community outreach, and other events. I’ve really enjoyed supporting that mission and also partnering with other employee resource groups to build a more inclusive atmosphere. On the volunteering side, I’ve helped out with the Red Cross Disaster Relief Telethon, Scout Out Engineering, and Girls Who Code mentorship. I’m also passionate about participating in quarterly blood drives – my grandpa donated 22+ gallons of blood in his lifetime, so I donate in his memory..

Kristi Angel, Data Scientist

Kristi Angel, Data Scientist

KRISTI ANGEL

Data Scientist
Chicago, IL
Joined: 2015 & 2016

“That’s great, it starts with an earthquake…Birds and snakes, and aeroplanes…And Kristi Angel is not afraid…”

What was your first role here? How did you get to where you are today?

I started as a Contract Tableau Analyst while in graduate school. I left that position to focus on finishing my M.S. in Statistics. I had fallen in love with the culture at Groupon. Having made some great connections during my brief tenure, I was able to find the perfect role for myself doing challenging work on a super smart and supportive team with incredible leadership.

After I graduated, I returned as an Experimentation Analyst. The needs of my team shifted and I grew into taking on more complex projects. Here at Groupon, I’ve been given a lot of autonomy in developing my career and identifying projects that are right for our platform but also aligned with my own professional development goals. After eight months, I spoke with my manager about a change in title to Data Scientist to more closely reflect the work that I was doing. I was humbled by the support I received from my peers and leadership across Groupon to make that happen!

What did you do before Groupon?

Blood, sweat, tears, and a lot of eraser dust! (That was a math joke.) Fun Fact: I was a waitress for 20 years before I joined Groupon! I worked while studying Physics as an undergrad and then while completing my M.S. in Statistics.

So tell us more about your job! What do you do every day? What do you love about it?

I am a Data Scientist working in the Experimentation space. We are a team of Developers and Data Scientists and together we build Groupon’s A/B Experimentation platform.

In my role, I work with Product Managers and Engineers to help develop sound experimentation design, to interpret results, and to debug experiment configuration (and occasionally, our platform 😉 ). I also research methodology for new features on our platform and help develop and validate our data pipeline and import process. Additionally, I help guide the roadmap for our team, partner with other organizations within Groupon to grow relationships and improve operational efficiency, and advocate for sound statistical practices and data literacy for all!

I love that I get to stretch my leadership skills, make mistakes, and learn from my peers. Above all, I love that every now and then, a great idea strikes and I get to make someone else’s job a little easier or I find a novel way to increase the value my team delivers to Groupon. I owe this to my coworkers who have trusted my perspective and skill set, elevating my voice from Day 1.

What’s your favorite part about your team’s Software Development process?

We are very democratic and thoughtful about process. Also, we have a lot of say in the features we work on. We work closely with our customers and are best positioned to assess the impact a new feature can bring. If anyone on our team has an idea about a feature or improvement they would like to see implemented on our platform and they are willing to really advocate for it and prove its value, there’s a good chance s/he will be able to see it through to production.

You’re involved with PRIDE@Groupon, Women@Groupon, and Groupon Volunteers. Why do you participate? 

I joined because I care. And there’s so much power in joining forces with others who care! Interestingly, one of the unintended side effects of joining Groupon’s Employee Resource Groups is that I have made some of the strongest connections through participating in ERG events. The camaraderie that develops through participation means you always have your own personal cheerleading section. And everybody needs one of those from time to time!

What’s unique about Groupon’s Engineering culture?

Everyone here is incredibly kind, helpful, empathetic, super smart, and fun! I’ve learned so much about being a person in the past two years and I owe that to my peers, my mentors, and strong leadership all around.

What’s something that would surprise people to learn about Groupon Engineering?

Our people genuinely care about people. This is a place where we encourage an experimentation mindset, failing fast and moving forward. We really value the process of giving and receiving feedback at all levels. It’s how we grow.

Name your favorite programming language.

I’m a statistician by trade so, R.

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

We provide tools for Product to rapidly and iteratively make improvements to our mobile apps and our website. Building tools to help guide efficient and effective product development helps Groupon to capitalize on optimizations that drive the daily habit.

Tell us about the most challenging thing you’ve worked on here.

I just rewrote our experimentation platform’s stats libraries in R. The goal was to create experiment metadata for a project I am working on. It’s a rather complex system with nuance and so validating my model with our platform has been trying at times. But, I was able to identify a few places in our platform where we could improve our methodology. And the metadata that I have created will serve our Data Science team on a number of future projects.

What’s your favorite Groupon memory?

This past September, Groupon participated as a sponsor at Chicago Women In Technology where our VP of Engineering Operations, Erica Geil, spoke. Later that same beautiful late summer day, the Women @ Groupon Employee Resource Group hosted a happy hour on our roof top deck where Silvija Martincevic, GM of Health, Beauty, and Wellness, spoke about her own career path. It was just an incredible day, taking in the sunshine with strong, successful, empowered women and learning from everyone’s unique journey.

What’s your favorite local business?

Can I have three? (Yes, you can!)

Lombard Skate Shop: Steve is super knowledgeable about getting a person into the right skates and gear for them.

Play: A children’s toy store in Logan Square with really unique and smart gifts for kids of all ages.

And Wasabi: It has been a pleasure to watch my favorite ramen shop grow over the years. I used to be one of a few in there weekly. Now there is a line out the door nightly.

What do your parents think you do?

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What keeps you fulfilled outside of work?

I can generally be found cooking, eating ice cream, checking out new restaurants, roller skating, chilling with my cat-dudes, traveling, or seeing live music.

Tell us something about you that might surprise us!

What about me would surprise people? That I love The Muppets? I was in the Army for 6 weeks? I attended 9 different colleges and universities? I was an undergrad for 14 years? I was a waitress for 20 years? I know all the words to “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”? I’m just throwing things at the wall here.

Carlos Vale – Head of Diversity Recruitment

Carlos Vale – Head of Diversity Recruitment

CARLOS VALE

Head of Diversity Recruitment
Chicago, IL
Joined: 2017

If you see Carlos, give him a high five for snagging a spot on the Latinos 40 Under 40 list—an amazing accomplishment! We’re proud of the work he’s doing to make Groupon a more inclusive work environment. 👏👏🏾👏🏿

So it’s only been a few months, but what’s your favorite Groupon memory so far?

I think my favorite Groupon memory so far would have to be going to the Arlington Park Race Track with the Talent Acquisition team. I think I had been here for about two weeks, which provided a perfect opportunity to connect with everyone–it was a blast!

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

In short, I lead Groupon’s global diversity recruiting strategy in order to build robust pipelines of diverse talent for critical positions across all levels. As an ambassador of Groupon’s dedication to a more diverse and inclusive workplace, my role requires a highly relationship-driven approach to building and sustaining a deep and broad network of connections both inside and outside Groupon. Finally, through working cross-functionally with Recruiting, HR, and Talent Development while driving deeper collaboration with Groupon’s Employee Resource Groups, my role helps provide the framework for all business groups to embrace diversity.

No small feat, we’re sure! What’s challenging about your work?

In this field, building, assessing, and reworking strategy is always challenging no matter how supportive the organization may be. There isn’t a magic solution to this, and sometimes it feels like a shape-shifting puzzle–you think you’ve found the right piece, and surely, it changes shape right before your eyes; now, you are trying to figure out where the new piece fits. I love it, though–I’m a person totally driven by solving challenges!

So what makes your role at Groupon unique?

Although some iterations of my role exist outside of Groupon, the reason why I’m here is that I feel like I am generally given the opportunity to identify challenges/opportunities and come up solutions that are heard by many across the organization, including the CEO and other senior leaders. Most people wish they could have the opportunity to meet with their CHRO on a weekly basis, and possibly meet with their CEO and General Counsel on a monthly basis, but all of those things have been quite normal during my first months here.

Tell us about your first impression of Groupon as an employer.

My first impression…was that this is a great place to build things, as well as build on things. Here, I have the opportunity to create new things as well as build on some of the amazing things that have been previously started/accomplished.

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

I would probably want to be the CEO of Groupon for a day, just to see what a day in their life is like. How early do they get up? How many meetings are they in? How do they find balance during the day to eat, or chat with their family? These are all questions I would love to know!

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

Our customers, employees, merchants, and investors come from many backgrounds. Through diversity recruitment, we are able to bring in diverse top talent that can help in the areas of talent, culture, and marketplace–all of these areas help us be better equipped to identify additional opportunities and resolve challenges more quickly through the diversity of thought.

Talk about our ERGs (Employee Resource Groups) and your experience working with them.

ERGs are central to our I&D mission of making Groupon a great place to work for every employee. In my time here, I’ve had the opportunity to do some amazing things with and through our ERGs–I’ll keep it to one example, though. When I first started, I wanted to put together an on-site event where we could invite diverse top talent to network and learn more about Groupon, while also ensuring that they were able to walk away with something. Once going through initial negotiations, I brought it to our ERGs to see if/how they could help–the results were great. In November, we co-hosted an event with the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA), attended by almost 100 professionals of all levels that were able to engage with our CFO, folks from our Talent Acquisition team, and employees from multiple departments. The coolest thing is that this was coordinated by Groupon en Espanol, and supported by Groupon4Vets and Women@Groupon!

Who or what inspires you?

I’m definitely motivated by visionary leaders who have overcome odds and have helped to make a difference in some way, shape, or form. I’m also motivated by the desire to be a good role model for my nieces and nephews. Finally, I’m motivated to pay it forward to others by providing and exposing me to opportunities, just as many have done for me.

Where can we find you outside of work?

I looooove playing volleyball–indoors, outdoors, and anything in between!

What’s your favorite local business?

I would say King Spa is my favorite local business. It’s nice to be able to feel like you can get away, locally. Also, it reminds me of my year in Japan in 2000, and that alone is worth the Groupon to get out to King Spa!

Can you write a Groupon haiku?

Different people, all coming together here, supporting local

Tell us something about you that might surprise us!

I lived in Japan for a year as a Rotary Youth Exchange student and absolutely loved the experience!

LaTrice – Member Experience Manager

LaTrice – Member Experience Manager

LATRICE

Member Experience Manager
Chicago, IL
Joined: 2016

LaTrice talks BeautyNow, moving up at Groupon, and her experience volunteering to help a local high school’s volleyball team.

What’s your favorite Groupon memory?

During my time as a Social Media Moderator, which was part of the Customer Support team, the department celebrated Customer Support Week. During that week, there were random celebrations, but the funniest thing that happened was Ronnie, the VP of the department, passing out ice cream on a motor scooter. It was a hilarious thing to see.

Tell us about your job! What do you do? 

My position aligns customers with the various beauty merchants through the appointment setting process.

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

Being part of the Customer Support team was a challenge because of the various projects we had, being able to adapt to the various needs of the business, and aligning with customers’ needs as well.

Who or what inspires you?

I am inspired by many people. My mother, my older sister, and my best friend are amazing inspirations to me. They are women who—in spite of various restrictions and limitations—continue to persevere and inspire change in the world.

What was your first impression of Groupon as an employer?

Everything moves at the speed of light. Do not expect things to remain stagnant or rudimentary because things move fast!

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

We work specifically with local businesses in the BeautyNow area. The majority of our merchants are local businesses that offer amazing services which most clients would not find without aligning with the BeautyNow area of the app.

There are a lot of amazing Groupon stories. What’s your biggest accomplishment?

I am very proud of every goal I made in my original department. Through hard work and dedication to my tasks, I reached every one of them. At the end of my tenure in Customer Support, I was a Customer Support All-Star and I used my experience and diligence to move out of the Customer Service department into the BeautyNow area.

What do your parents think you do?

When working on Social Media, “You mean to tell me that you sit on Facebook and Twitter? At least you’re getting paid to do what you do all day anyway!”

Why do you volunteer with Groupon Volunteers? 

When I learned that Groupon supported Employee Resource Programs, I thought it would be a great idea to take advantage of the opportunity to meet and engage with members of the organization in various roles and capacities. I wanted to participate with Groupon Volunteers because it allowed me to be a mentor. Working as a mentor with the Spark Program, I partner mentored three young ladies at a local grammar school. Through various fundraising efforts, we were able to raise over $300 towards replacing the school’s volleyball team uniforms.

What’d you do before Groupon? How’d you get here?

A winding road through many retail and professional environments.

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

I would be a fashion stylist for a major awards show.

Marco Caspani – Senior Merchant Marketing Manager in Milan

Marco Caspani – Senior Merchant Marketing Manager in Milan

MARCO CASPANI

Senior Merchant Marketing Manager
Milan, Italy
Joined: 2012

Marco is sort of an adrenaline junkie…so it’s no surprise that he loves working at Groupon!

Take us back to 2012: what was your first impression of Groupon as a workplace?

I was both scared and excited by the speed of the job, but the energy and vibes you could breathe in the Milan office in March 2012 is something I will never forget!

What’s your favorite Groupon memory?

The first Groupon party because it happened just 12 days after I joined the company and I thought, “Wow, my new colleagues are so awesome!”

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

Organizing 10 merchant events in 10 different cities in 5 days. That was a really crazy idea! We wanted to reach as many as possible merchants with a tour from north to south of Italy in the shortest time possible. So we planned two events per day: one at lunchtime and one at dinner in different cities, travelling like pinballs up and down the country. We succeeded in reaching hundreds of merchants in the most important Italian markets, bringing them the new features and tools we were launching for them, and generating a great exposure to Groupon brand in the local markets.

So how does the work you do impact Groupon’s mission of building the daily habit in local commerce?

Thanks to events and trade shows, we have the chance to meet hundreds of local business owners who want to attract new clients and increase their revenue and brand visibility. We help them reach their business goals and in turn grow their local communities.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I’m multitasking every day since I work on many projects for different European countries. I have to keep track of all the activities on every single project, working closely with my colleagues abroad. Then I spend some time on EMEA video conference calls for updates and project coordination. The most challenging part of my job is working simultaneously on several events and trade shows. For example, right now I’m working on two fairs: one in Germany and one in France and five events: one in Spain, two in Italy, one in the UK, and one in Germany…all happening between March and April! So you need to work fast and be able to switch even faster from a project plan to another one without missing any detail. But don’t worry, I always find time for a nice Italian lunch with my colleagues!

Do you have a favorite trade show you’ve attended?

My favorite trade shows are definitely the travel ones, the ITB in Berlin and the TTG in Italy, probably because I love travelling and I feel part of the environment at those fairs. Last April, we organized an event inside the Tower Bridge in London for a selection of our top merchants and it was something magical! Merchants who attended the event are still talking about it 😉

Have you won any awards in your time here?

I won a Green Award in Q4 of 2017 for the results I accomplished that year!

So what keeps you excited to come to work every day? (Aside from the awards!)

At Groupon, you have to chance to switch between sales verticals, so it’s like working for multiple companies, meeting completely different merchants and business owners. There’s always something more to learn and discover; you never get bored of it. And the energy that the Grouponers have it’s something unique. There’s a lot of green blood running through our veins!

We know you love Groupon…but you probably have a life outside of these four walls. What keeps you busy outside of work?

I love snowboarding in the Alps and riding my motorbike during summer time. I love TV series and movies and I’m quite addicted to new technologies and digital world. And I travel…I travel a lot 😀

Tell us about what you do here! What do you love about it?

I’m responsible for all the Merchant Events and Trade Shows at the EMEA level. It’s the coolest job in the world ’cause it allows me to travel, work with colleagues from all around Europe, meet hundreds of our awesome merchants, and spread around the brand and positive vibes of Groupon. It’s inspiring to see how many clients and merchants love working with us and how we are changing the daily habit in local commerce.

So before you were in Marketing, you were on the Comms team. Can you talk about how you went about making that move?

When I joined Groupon there was no Merchant Marketing team. After a few months, Groupon decided to increase the efforts on activities for our merchants so I started working at 50% on it. After a while, I made the decision to move from Comms to the Merchant Marketing department fulltime. It’s been a great opportunity for my career at Groupon. At the beginning I was responsible for the Italian market, then I started working for Southern Europe, and today I’m responsible for all of EMEA, managing the activities for all top European countries.

OK, but what do you parents think you do?

They think I organize parties all around Europe, which is fine with me!  😀

Tell us about your involvement with Groupon Volunteers.

I’ve been volunteering for half of my life, so I was excited about Groupon’s volunteer program and decided to join it immediately. We’ve ran a lot of marathons since I joined and raised bucks for many ONGs!

Take us back to your life before joining Groupon. What were you up to then?

I worked for an American PR agency managing the press office and communications for big brands like Visa, Activision, and Bang&Olufsen. It has been an amazing journey since I first got a call from Groupon—the new start up that was on everyone’s mind in 2012—and I decided to start this exciting new endeavor on the Comms team.

If you could have any other job for one day…what would it be and why?

I think I would be a motorbike rider, racing in the MotoGP championship ’cause I like the speed and the thrill of a nice turn.

Tell us something about you that might surprise us!

I pushed my motorbike at 250 Km/h (155 mph) once and it was an injection of pure adrenaline!

What’s your favorite local business?

Ah, I could pick one for every European country I’m travelling all year long, but let’s say that Terme di Sirmione in Italy on Lake of Garda is something truly unique. A spa resort where you can regenerate your body and mind, pampering yourself with an unbelievable view of the lake. Watch it yourself if you don’t believe me!

Who or what inspires you?

I can say that working with hundreds of colleagues and merchants all around Europe is very inspiring! We are changing how people live their daily life—discovering local businesses, trying new experiences they have never even thought about. And supporting the local businesses bringing new curious clients to them, getting extra exposure to their brands in their cities and beyond. When I talk with our merchants it’s really inspiring to see what we are doing for them. We are making a difference!