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.

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March Employee of the Month

March Employee of the Month

Alan, a recently promoted Account Manager, has been nominated as the Employee of the Month (E.O.M.) for March. He is known in the office for his entrepreneurial mindset, his outgoing personality, and his humility. “Alan is really positive and kind,” said Cheyenne, an Administrator. “I think it’s what really draws people to him…that, and he’s a chatty Cathy.” Cassandra, the Marketing Manager, explained that Alan was nominated for E.O.M. due to his strong work ethic and leadership skills. “Everyone in our office loves talking to Alan,” said Cassandra. “He also sets an excellent example for others in his work flow. Both of these make him someone other employees want to follow and learn from in our office.”

In his free time, Alan enjoys spending time with his family, watching sporting events, and being outdoors. Some of his favorite outdoor activities include hiking and camping. He has a variety of hobbies and wants to dabble in everything. “If I were rich, I would spend all my time doing nothing but art,” said Alan. He has an interest in drawing, painting, and playing music. Musically, he is talented at playing several instruments, such as piano, guitar, trumpet, and drums, which is something he wants to spend more time doing in the future.

In his professional life, Alan has cast a wide net to cater to his entrepreneurial mindset. He is always after adventure and willing to take risks to achieve desired results. “I was looking for the niche marketing. Something that others hadn’t thought of just yet,” said Alan. Ultimately, Alan would like to own a marketing firm to pass on the opportunity that Votion has given to him. It is his goal that this will provide financial freedom for his kids, grandkids, and their children for generations to come. Alan credited his need to be the best as his biggest motivator; however, planning and making short, mid, and long-term goals has aided him the most in reaching his main objectives. “Alan may still be in our office, but he is already mentally on a different playing field than many others,” said Rachel, another Administrator. She elaborates that Alan is prone to “next-level thinking” as he prepares for his future office, but remains humble in his approach.

To others seeking to follow in his success, Alan advises having faith in yourself and your abilities, networking often, and keeping an open mind in order to adapt to new situations. “Come in thinking that you know nothing,” said Alan. Thus far, this philosophy has served Alan well, and will likely continue to benefit him in his future endeavors.

Votion Attends Career Expo and Kicks Off College Recruiting Season

Votion Attends Career Expo and Kicks Off College Recruiting Season

Votion is excited about hiring a few recent graduates this spring and bringing fresh, new ideas to its clients’ campaigns.

Votion attended the First Avenue Career Expo on March 3rd, 2017, along with 115 other local, regional and national companies. Several regional universities were also in attendance for those students considering graduate school upon completion of their Bachelor’s Degree. The First Avenue Career Expo is organized by The Oregon Liberal Arts Placement Consortium every year. The Consortium consists of six local schools: University of Portland, Pacific University, Lewis and Clark College, Marylhurst University, Linfield College and Willamette University. It is estimated that 300 to 500 students and alumni attend the career expo each year.

Votion’s Portland and Los Angeles offices teamed up to take on the event by storm. The offices were focused on connecting with Business, Marketing, and Communications students who would be graduating in the next two years. Both full-time internships and positions are currently available to qualifying students. “We had fun talking with students and finding out about each students’ future goals,” said Sommer J., a Representative from the Los Angeles office. “Both, Rachel and myself, were impressed with several of the students that we had the opportunity to meet.”

Votion Kicks Off College Recruiting

“March is the month Votion begins its college recruiting,” said Rachel M., a representative of the Portland office. “We are excited about this year’s prospects in particular due to our interactions with many of the students at the Career Expo.” Votion’s college recruiting season is from the beginning of March through the end of May. “We love adding recent college grads to our team,” said Cassie B., Portland office’s C.E.O. “They tend to bring new perspective to our campaigns, and it has previously shown positive feedback from clients.”

Three marketing internships are available for the 2017 summer. Internships with Votion are full time and paid, extending for a minimum of three months. Those who acquire an internship are considered first for future openings once they graduate. “We can do our own coffee errands,” joked Cassie B. “Votion believes in giving interns hands-on experience in marketing. It’s more productive for both parties if real-world responsibilities are required from interns.”

The focus for Votion’s Representatives at the Career Expo was the available Business Manager Trainee positions. In this Trainee role, two recent graduates will gain experience in marketing, sales, public relations, and management. “A Trainee position is ideal for new graduates; it gives them a chance to get their foot in the door with a company who will help them hit the ground running and set them up for success in their future career,” said Rachel M. She explained that most companies require a degree with a minimum of two years experience, and many graduates have a difficult time getting said experience because no company will give them a chance. Unlike other marketing firms, Votion is requiring less than three years of experience to be considered for this role. Training is meant to take eight to 12 months on average, but is catered to the Trainee so that advancement is at each individual’s pace.

With the large amount of interest drawn from the career fair, finding the proper candidate should be simple; however, if any other individuals would like to be considered for these positions, more information is available at http://www.votionpdx.com. Votion will be accepting applications until May 12th, 2017.

 

Votion’s Portland Branch Leads in Revenue Production for Clientele and Expands Client’s Service Options

Votion’s Corporate Marketing Distributors generated 40 million dollars combined in profit for clients during 2016. The Portland branch alone produced five million dollars of client revenue, making up approximately 13 percent of last year’s revenue. “Our success is due to big-picture thinking,” says Cassie B., C.E.O. of the Portland branch. She adds that “people must be willing to do the dirty work to achieve goals…and most aren’t willing to put in that effort,” which is what sets Votion’s employees apart from other companies.

Votion’s Portland Branch Helps Expand Client Product Offerings

The Portland branch is recognized for its creativity and outside-the-box thinking, making its team desirable to other branches for networking. During 2016, Votion was requested to be a part of several national test markets to expand current clients’ products and services in those areas. Some of these locations were Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas. The Portland branch’s direct-marketing campaigns ensured that client objectives were met. Due to Portland’s help, several products and services were integrated permanently in those markets.

Based on first quarter results, Votion is projected to achieve record profit for its clients in 2017.

Company Road Trips Coming to Portland, Oregon

Votion is the destination for more than eight national road trip crews this past month.

Votion has received team members from offices in New York, Denver and San Diego almost on a weekly basis since the beginning of January. Road trips are when a few members of one office travel to visit another office and are intended to help the growing host office maintain compliance with clients while new hiring is taking place. “Votion is currently doing a lot of hiring to keep up with our clients’ demands,” says Rachel, a member of Votion’s Human Resources team. “The road trip teams just hold the place of new individuals we hope to hire the coming weeks. These individuals share the work load with current employees to relieve the stress that can be brought on from project completion dates coming around sooner than later.”

Road trips are typically crews of two to four individuals and last an average of two weeks. This provides plenty of time for the host office to complete some hiring and the crew to get a taste for how another office operates. “Road trips are a great opportunity to learn from and network with other offices,” said Cassie, the C.E.O. of Votion. “They’re also wonderful for bonding with colleagues who are on the trip with you.”

Votion is anticipating it’s need for road trips to be fulfilled in the next few weeks.

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