Votion “life” Update

Hey team! We hope you’ve been well. Our office has been SUPER busy the last six months and undergoing several changes, so we apologize to have been M.I.A. from updating our blog on these happenings. While our other social media has remained current, we would love to get our blog followers up-to-date as well.

Our first change six months ago: Going from two Office Managers to one. Previously, Votion was managed by both Cristian and Jake, but, due to the coming birth of his firstborn child, Cristian decided to move closer to family in Utah. While we miss Cristian’s presence in the office, Jake has adjusted and was able to quickly pick up where he left off. Occasionally we still hear from Cristian, and it sounds like he is doing very well. His wife gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl in May, and she is the light of their lives.

 

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One of Jake’s first orders of business as the sole manager was to move our firm to a more functional office space. Our previous office had a lot of extra, unused space, which didn’t make sense to keep so we downsized. Our new location provides the perfect amount of square footage as well as a bit of wiggle room for growth. There’s also available community area in our building that can be reserved for important meetings and conferences as needed. This eliminated our need for a larger office in general – Score!

At the time both of these changes felt huge for our team, but, with a brief adjustment period, we would come to realize that not much was actually changing. Same coworkers, same roles, same clients, and (for some) same manager. Given how other larger companies have handled such changes, our management team was prepared for a bit of unease from team members. However, we assured the crew that there absolutely still was job security and that we were working diligently behind the scenes to make transitions as easy as possible for all involved. Jake cannot commend our team enough for taking these moves in stride and not missing a beat. Things could have gone awry, but the transition was seamless thanks to the managers’ effective planning and our flexible team.

Our company culture is very important to us, so annual company events, frequent volunteering, team outings, and national/regional conferences are still in full swing (regardless of any changes).

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Our Memorial Day beach BBQ and Labor Day camp out were a ton of fun. We really enjoy these annual events that allow us to spend quality time with our coworkers and their families while having some fun in the sun.

 

 

 

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Votion has maintained company volunteer efforts with our usual partners, but have also added two new ones: American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. We are also looking forward to the annual Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Light the Night Walk in October. The Light the Night Walk is the cause we had first got involved with three years ago, and our team expanded our reach of giving back to our local community from there.

 

From early spring until now, a new team event we have began hosting is a monthly leader’s dinner. This event is by invite only and is a great way for leaders of our office to get together and brain storm where we would like Votion to go as a company. We expected leader’s dinner to be helpful for employee feedback, but the results that came out from just out first meeting was beyond what we could have imagined. The feedback from our team has helped get the ball rolling for future team workshops, more efficient employee training, and expected expansions.

 

 

 

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Votion still frequently holds team nights twice a month, but has also started a company Dungeons and Dragons group that meets on the opposite weeks. The idea was posed by our soon-to-be Assistant Manager, David, and several team members were interested in attending. What started as an average sized D&D group of six, quickly grew to 10. It’s safe to assume that the excited chatter from each group meet sparked curiosity around our office, and several more people wanted to check out what all the fun was about. This is David’s largest group that he has ever been the “Dungeon Master” (the storyteller) for, but he is looking forward to the challenge.

 

The newest change that is fast approaching is the acquisition of a new client: Uber. With this pilot program (as with any trial run) we anticipate a lot of trial and error to figure out the bumps and create a great campaign for our new client. To head this campaign, Jake has selected seasoned Account Manager, Stephanie, and new Account Manager, Ben. The expected launch date with Uber is sometime during the week of the 7th of October. We will update our social media on this as we have more information available.

 

 

As if we weren’t busy enough with all of the above, we are now beginning the preparations for a Halloween party at the end of October and an expansion to Salem, Oregon by the end of the year. Our team certainly keeps us on our toes, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Each member plays an instrumental role in our work family, and we think they deserve the absolute best.

Cheers to a great (and productive) rest of the year!

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August Employee of the Month

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Get to know David!

Three of his hobbies:

  1. Mixed martial arts (MMA) / Competition fighting – David began MMA in 2012 and has been training for his first ring match ever since. He expects to be ready to step into the ring November of 2019.
  2. Racquetball – David plays in the driver position. He says this sport helps him with quick reaction time for MMA.
  3. Rapping – Rap music helps David relate his experiences in life to others. He even went on tour as T.O.B.! David hopes his rap will help others to not make dumb choices.

David is the Dungeon Master for our company’s Dungeons & Dragon’s group. His favorite mythological creature is the phoenix. This is not only because it can be born again, but because each time the phoenix is reborn makes it more powerful. The phoenix will have more strength and a better shield. It is a beast that reminds us to turn our failures into strengths.

A guilty pleasure that David won’t dabble in anymore is video games. He says he got too attached and it took away his focus on MMA. David went as far as to give away his TV and console to prevent distractions. While he was playing, his favorite games were Fallout and Dance Dance Revolution.

A talent that David prides himself in is perseverance. He is someone who has over come more than his fair share of struggle in life and continues to push through any obstacle put in front of him.

A fun fact about David is that he has little to no sense of smell.

 

Working at Votion

David’s favorite part of working at Votion is seeing the potential in others and watching each individual grow. “It’s so cool to be a part of others’ development and watch them realize how much they can actually do,” said David. He really enjoys being hands on with his team and molding each member into an essential part of our office. One of David’s favorite quotes is from Zig Ziglar: “You can get everything you want, as long as you help others get anything they want.” He explains that those that are focused on others’ success, it will get farther than those who are only concerned with their own success.

Some things David is looking forward to doing by the end of this year are being successful in a campaign that he previously felt he couldn’t do and then expanding with that campaign into a new market. He has his eye on Salem, Oregon and Nashville, Tennessee, but is open to whichever market is available for the taking at the time of his promotion.

To anyone looking to emulate his success, David stresses the need to know your goals for life and who is depending on you to reach them. “If you know your why, you’ll never give up,” said David. “Everyone is going to hit something that knocks them down, but if you know what you have to lose you won’t let it stop you.” David describes that there is a metaphorical ‘last wall’ people reach, and that you need to know your goals to be able to get past it.

 

However he gets there, we have no doubt that David has what it takes to become our next Manager. Congratulations again on being voted our August Employee of the Month, David!

March Employee of the Month!

March Employee of the Month!

Congratulations to Wally on being selected by his peers as our March employee of the month!

Get to know Wally:

Wally is a “foodie.” His ability to pair foods is unparalleled and highly sought after in the high-end restaurant industry of Portland. Wally appreciates comfort foods, like pasta dishes, and feels that it takes him back to his roots. This isn’t his only talent in the restaurant industry, Wally is also great at bar tending and event planning. “What will take professionals hours to decide on for table setting, I can just look at and know where things are supposed to go,” says Wally. One of the most interesting facts about Wally is how many influential people he has got to meet in his life. Due to his long career in the restaurant industry, he has had the privilege of meeting Margaret Thatcher, Condoleezza Rice, and Mohamed Ali to name a few. When he’s not working, Wally enjoys playing disc gold and watching sports. He says he is looking forward to the Masters, which is a golf tournament for the best of the best players coming up on April 7th.  One of Wally’s favorite past times is at Green Lake, Maine. He used to spend summers there with his family and friends swimming, water skiing, and having barbeques. He looks forward to visiting his family on a low-key vacation there some day.

 

Wally’s thoughts on Votion:

“Wally is an instrumental member of our team at Votion,” says Assistant Manager, Michael. Wally is consistently a high roller in the office, often setting the pace for the rest of the team, which has helped him be viewed as a leader that people can look to for guidance. What he likes most about working at Votion is that he is in control of his own destiny. “What I accomplish, or don’t, is solely determined by myself — not dictated by someone else’s opinion of me,” says Wally. Another thing he appreciates about the culture of Votion is that it fosters a learning environment. “I can honestly say that I have learned at least one thing from everyone I work with,” says Wally. The biggest factor for Wally reaching his own business goals is preparing himself the night before for his next day of work. He admits he may not be the best at thinking on his feet but given the time to organize his thoughts and game plan he can outperform others. Wally hopes to be promoted to a Manager by the end of the year and is currently laying the groundwork towards that goal.

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.