Votion travels to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Votion travels to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

A few of Votion’s management team members had the opportunity to go to the Dominican Republic last week for a Relax & Rejuvenation Retreat. They stayed in the beautiful all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana.

Staying at the Hard Rock made them feel like kings!

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The group arrived at the Hard Rock on Sunday, Oct. 15th. There were no R&R activities planned for that day, so everyone got settled into their rooms and spent the rest of the day at the pool and exploring the resort.

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The second day started with an awards ceremony to recognize and celebrate the top achievers of 2017. It was so fun and motivating to see colleagues reach goals, set new ones for 2018 and get applauded for their hard work.3458456B-8ABE-423E-9551-2EA651C8BE0A

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“I really appreciated the opportunity to see how other professionals in my industry enjoy vacation retreat like this; unstring the bow, as it were,” said Cristian, Votion Manager. “It’s different when you see a manager take a vacation as compared to an employee take a vacation. Another thing that was amazing was the fact that everything was paid for by our upper management, so we felt like we were really taken care of as a reward for all of our hard work and effort’s over this past year.”

Later that night, R&R attendees were invited to Club R&R, a party specifically planned for the retreat.

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The resort’s ballroom was set up like a swanky nightclub, and there was dancing, a photo booth, delicious appetizers and desserts, and fire-breathing jugglers!

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The following day was a free day, and attendees could choose to do whatever they want. Votion team members swam in the ocean, relaxed by more of the pools, ate at various restaurants and even ventured outside the resort to go zip lining!

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Votion Administrative Assistant Sonja snapped this pic of a cute little frog by one of the pool showers!

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“Jake and I took a day excursion to get some time away from the resort,” said Rachel, Votion Human Resources Administrator. “We did two zip lining courses, swam in a waterfall, horseback riding, an eco tour, a flight simulation, and (my favorite activity) zorbing. Zorbing is when you’re strapped in a giant ball and, in our case, rolled down a hill. Now I know what it’s like when I accidentally knock my hamster while in his ball. The excursion was a blast, but I most enjoyed my time at the Hard Rock’s pool parties.”

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Jake, another Manager at Votion, said his favorite part about the Hard Rock was experiencing an all inclusive resort.

“Also, the adventure park. Zip lining over the jungle was a blast!”

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Sonja,Votion Administrative Assistant,  loved the 24-hour room service. 🙂

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The team left Punta Cana relaxed, rejuvenated, a little sunburnt, and ready to make this next year the best one yet.

 

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Votion’s September Employee of the Month: Eric!

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Eric, one of our hardest working Account Managers, is Votion’s September Employee of the Month.

Eric’s goal within Votion is to help others achieve their dreams. Eric would like to teach people how to become better communicators, differentiate between emotional and logical thinking, and help individuals use their natural talents to achieve as much as possible in life.

Something Eric has learned since starting with Votion is patience. After a rough day with clients where he didn’t get anywhere near making his goal for that day, he was able to realize it helped him face his fears of failing and learned to not let that one day define him, Eric said. This stands out to him as the experience (within Votion) that has taught him the most.

Eric has two big role models within Votion. He wants to be a better manager like Cristian, and more consistent with goals like Alan.

“Their actions are evidence of their convictions,” he said.

Eric’s favorite hobby is hiking — being involved with nature makes him feel spiritually aligned, he said.

His proudest moment was when he was helping his eldest daughter overcome adversity on the basketball court. She followed in Eric’s footsteps as a point guard and captain was of the team.

Eric says that his daily motivation is that “everyone is here for a reason.”  He would like to start his own non-profit organization that allows him to teach Mayan kids in Mexico to free dive, which helps with the conservation of the environment.

“They have no clue what’s under the water,” Eric said. He explained that the Mayan kids work almost every day, so they don’t have a chance to act like kids.

Votion’s Camp Runamok

Votion’s Camp Runamok

It’s that time of year again: Votion’s annual Labor Day Campout. Each Labor Day weekend our employees work tirelessly to ensure clients’ promotional events run smoothly for the surge in customers and potential profits. As such, they are given time off after this busy weekend to relax and enjoy time outdoors before the summer ends. Votion hosts a campout for our employees, their families, and friends too. Camping usually takes place in Mount Hood State Park, southeast of Estacada, OR, and this year was no different. Our team met at the Beaverton office the afternoon of Tuesday, September 5th to caravan over to the camp site, which was nicknamed “Camp Runamok” by our Administrator, Rachel, for the shenanigans she assumed our group would cause. After the 90-minute drive, our group set to work, pitching tents, setting up the grilling station, and picking activities to do. Several team members partook in Kubb, a Swedish lawn game, and in playing soccer while cooking took place. The campers enjoyed several flavors of savory grilled chicken, juicy tropical kebobs, crisp chips, delicious trail mix, and a crunchy fruit and veggie tray.

 

July Employee of the Month: Dan

July Employee of the Month: Dan

Dan is one of Votion’s most involved managers, overseeing several client accounts within our office. “Dan is one of those individuals who keeps asking for more information and knowledge as he progresses towards the next step he’s aiming to achieve,” said Cassie, Votion’s CEO. “It’s great that he’s so goal driven, and it motivates others to try to keep up with him.” According to Dan, he was not always in that mindset. It is a habit he acquired since being hired at Votion. “Learning to lead and build people has taught me to be more responsible,” said Dan. “I’m no longer just responsible for me. I have a team that I have to set a good example for and help as they need it.” Dan is a self-proclaimed introvert in his personal life, but, according to Votion’s Human Resources team, that is not something that others would guess about him. “Being in a group of outgoing, super communicators has made me more charismatic,” explained Dan. “I absorbed the advice given to me from my mentors, and now I can now start a genuine conversation with just about anyone.” He continued to express his desire to help people reach their full career potential as his ultimate goal. “If you know how to be successful, why wouldn’t you share that knowledge with others?,” said Dan.

 

Outside of work, Dan enjoys playing (and watching) soccer and hockey, white water rafting, and kayaking. His favorite soccer team is the Portland Timbers, and he roots for the Anaheim Ducks in hockey. Dan is competitive by nature, sharing that he “grew up in locker rooms” while playing various sports.

June Employee of the Month – Hannah

June Employee of the Month – Hannah

Hannah is one of Votion’s top employees and is being recognized for her hard work as the Employee of the Month for June. “Hannah is a go getter and constantly reaching for the next notch,” said Cassie, Votion’s CEO. “We are very proud of her accomplishments, especially this last month.” Hannah spent several long days in June reworking her client’s campaign to iron out any kinks in order to launch a new retailer. She and Jake, her superior, even took a trip to Seattle to network with that branch. “Hannah has really stepped up her game and is really blossoming in her career right now,” noted Jake. He expressed his appreciation for her work ethic and persistence in spearheading the launch. Hannah’s goal, for which she has tunnel vision, is to expand and be promoted to Manager by the end of the year. “Jake and I are set on his promotion by October, and then my promotion by January,” explained Hannah. It appears that her persistence is paying off because Hannah was recently promoted to Account Manager!

Outside of work, Hannah enjoys hiking with her best friend — her beagle, Dudley. The pair specifically enjoy hiking at Gearhart Beach and Silver Falls where Dudley can let him run free to explore. Aside from traveling the outdoors, Hannah also makes movies. She has used her short film “I Have No Eyebrows” to enter in several film festivals, such as the Portland Underground Film Fest and POW Fest. Hannah studied graphic design at Stephens College, which is one of 40 women’s college’s left in the nation and the second oldest. She sites her creativity and passion for learning as the foundation for how she views the world and how she applies herself to various situations.

Votion Volunteers at the Oregon Humane Society

Votion Volunteers at the Oregon Humane Society

Votion volunteered at the Oregon Humane Society (OHS) on April 22nd 2017. The purpose was to help ensure that the animals got to develop the social skills needed to find a forever home and received the attention they crave from humans. The visit consisted of a brief tour of the facility and a training session to ensure the team had all the skills necessary to interact with the animals. Once all the basics were covered, Votion got to play with the dogs in the Dog Run, which is the yard for outside activities. “It was really interesting to see the different personalities of each dog come out while we were playing with them,” said Cristian, Votion’s Assistant Manager. “Some were on the verge of being adopted, and you could tell others just needed a little extra attention.” The last part of Votion’s time at the Humane Society was spent in the Cattery, which houses the cats of OHS. The Cattery is specifically designed with cat’s natural instincts in mind, providing several levels in the room for climbing, posts for scratching and toys for chasing. Two of Votion’s Account Managers, Alan and Michael, got to take a peek into the cat’s housing. “We had a lot of fun! The cats were purring a lot, and we got to feed them treats,” recalls Alan. “Some of the cats were looking at us like ‘Really? Do we look like we’re hungry?’ All in all, we had a very good time.” Given the positive feedback from the team, Votion has already set up more volunteer visits for June and July.

Votion’s C.E.O Discusses the Oregon Humane Society

Every year Oregon Humane Society helps find new homes for more than 11,000 local animals in the Portland-metro area. Votion’s C.E.O., Cassie B., said she learned that the Oregon Humane Society is one of the oldest humane societies in the United States, and that it has a 98 percent save rate. She was surprised by the many additional services OHS offers, such as educational programs and training classes for new pet owners. According to the Oregon Humane Society’s website, these programs and classes reach more than 16,000 attendees annually. “Cassie is a huge animal lover, and especially has a soft spot for dogs,” said Michael, an Account Manager at Votion. Cassie says she would like to see every pet in a loving, forever home, which is why she is working on becoming a partner corperation with OHS. As a partner, Cassie and Votion look forward to frequently volunteering, donating and attending Oregon Humane Society events with the team.

Votion’s April Employee of the Month: Cristian!

Votion’s April Employee of the Month: Cristian!

Cristian is a seasoned Assistant Manager and has been voted Votion’s Employee of the Month for April by his peers. When asked why he thought he was nominated for employee of the month, Cristian referred to his deliverance on team expectations. He believes that he has finally hit his stride and is showing a level of mastery in his performance and other team members are taking note. “While he is a very busy man with lots of responsibilities, Cristian has always made time to assist other employees – both on his team and on other teams,” said Cassandra, Votion’s Marketing Manager. “Finding the sweet spot between his responsibilities and his love of helping others is well deserved.” His biggest piece of advice to others seeking career achievement is to set realistic goals for oneself as well as not limiting the methods used to reach those goals. “You don’t set a goal to jump nine feet when your best is six feet,” explained Cristian. “That’s not realistic or credible. You want to say ‘I’m going to jump six feet and, as I get consistent, then I will raise the bar.’” He continued that it’s important for individuals to set up that pattern for success because at some point improving and learning gets difficult, and “it’s easier to say ‘I can do this’ if you’ve been proving it to yourself all along.” Cristian will be focusing on developing his team this month in order to prepare for new expansions anticipated in 2017.

Cristian’s favorite part of working for Votion has been getting to work one-on-one with anyone in the office. Votion has an open door policy so that all employees can network with each other. “We find it creates a cohesive team environment,” said Cheyenne, a Human Resources Administrator. The opportunity to bounce ideas off of upper management or get a hand on projects from new hires is unique to Votion and essential to its culture. “I find that it really unlocks your personality,” said Cristian. “You learn things about yourself, your leadership style, what you’re good at and areas you can improve because you’re working with people you wouldn’t normally get the chance to talk to under normal circumstances in other businesses.” Cristian has taken learning in stride and recommends keeping an open mind to opportunity.

While Cristian may be one of the sharpest dressers at Votion, he looks forward to relaxing in a pair of jeans at home. He is a self proclaimed “foodie” and can always be found with a snack in close proximity. As such, he likes spending his down time on horticulture and cooking. “Basically anything the involves eating,” he jokes. Among the many things Cristian grows, he is currently putting extra effort into growing basil, an herb that has posed a challenge to his skills in the past. He will then add his homegrown herbs and produce to a skillet for his preferred cooking method — stove top style. Cristian also enjoys traveling and learning about culture. Thus far, he has visited 17 countries around the world with Turkey and Spain being his favorite places. Whenever he travels, Cristian stays with local host families he is acquainted with through friends or his church. He has since discovered that he is quite the cultural chameleon. “Everyone always thinks I am a local,” laughed Cristian. “I just have dark features that seem to blend in with the locals where ever I go.” In the next few years, Cristian plans to travel with his wife to Thailand. They anticipate visiting the Elephant Sanctuary, learning about the culture and eating lots (and lots) of Thai food.