I was always taught that whatever I do in life, being happy is the most important element. I feel lucky to enjoy my career as much as I do.
I fell into Software Development by chance about 10 years ago and couldn’t be happier that life unfolded as so. I have forever been a nerd when it comes to all things technology, so it made complete sense, but being that I wanted to be an Elementary School teacher since age 5 this took me a bit to realize.
I started my career at a startup in San Diego called Search Optics. I joined the company as their 3rd employee on the roster and stayed with them for about 6 years, watching the company grow to ~150 employees. At Search Optics, I worked directly under the CTO, owning both Product and Project Management roles. Here, I learned the ins and outs of every facet of Software Development and Online Marketing. I ended up in this role due to my successful interactions with our clients. Quickly understanding their needs and translating into products and features and organically filling this role. We built Enterprise SAAS products from the ground up which supported our Tier I, II & III Automotive Retail clients. These products included a fully-customized Content Management System, which was used internally and client-facing as well. This CMS fueled desktop sites, mobile sites and mobile applications for Automotive Manufacturers (Tier I), Location-based Dealer Groups (Tier II) and Dealerships (Tier III). We also built a proprietary analytics platform from our BI data that provided our clients with insights to work smarter, primarily focused on best cost-per-lead. In addition, we built a system-of-record interface for our clients to manage their leads and interact with their consumers, including the Financial Application process.
After about 6 years at Search Optics, I was ready for my next challenge and decided I would move back home to NY to do just that. I then joined TMP Worldwide as a Product Owner during a crucial time for this 45 year old company. TMP has always been a leader when it comes to Recruitment Marketing and wanted to get hold of their competitive edge on the technology side as well. My responsibility coming in as Product Owner, was to not only build their flagship product, but to also create a common platform that would be a central hub for all products moving forward. TMP has previously build web/mobile solutions on a per-client basis, and now it was time to move to a more scalable foundation that allowed us to grow our products successfully. This centralized data included jobs parsed from an array of client ATS platforms, client records, candidate records, as well as analytical performance data. In addition to owning this vision, I was also responsible for building a job search platform that would house responsive websites for companies to hire the best talent they can find on the web. This was an exciting challenge as there were a wide array of user needs to capture and successfully represent. TalentBrew is our job-centric CMS which supports many different types of users including recruiters/hiring managers, candidates, web developers, customer support specialists, marketing analysts, and sales representatives. TalentBrew supports the full job search life-cycle for both B2B and B2C users. Our clients have a wide array of unique hiring process needs, many of whom are large, Fortune 500 companies. In addition, we support clients in many countries and languages. TalentBrew has launched successfully and now supports 200+ clients. As the Senior PM, I also oversee the Product team in NY to ensure that our entire Product Suite provides the tools that our users need with a fluid, seamless experience.
I thank my innate product sense and lifelong curiosity for helping my excel in my career. In addition, I have immense passion for what I do and am forever getting deep down into the why when it comes to my users, my engineers, and the industry as a whole. I have been helping run the NY Music Tech Meetup for almost 2 years now, where I help companies prepare their products for monthly demos to receive feedback as early on as possible from a highly engaged and passionate crowd of about 2,000 members. I also contribute to our NYMT website, keeping our users engaged and up-to-date on the latest in the industry. I also write a music blog for fun, which started as an experiment to create a brand from scratch, which now reaches thousands of music fans across the globe. I volunteer at my yoga studio every week and do my best to maintain a healthy work/life balance even though I love what I do so much it rarely feels like work.
I look forward to continuously pushing the envelope throughout my career, bringing users quality product experiences that make their lives better.
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle."