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 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.
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.