My role as VP of Corporate Development is to make sure all the forward-facing teams (Sales, Marketing, Service Delivery, Product Management, etc.) have the tools and information necessary to be successful.
I love that no day is ever the same at Pax8.
My first job after public accounting was with a technology startup. The CEO and COO were brought in by the investors, as they had the experience and the resumes to take the company to the next level. The lesson I learned when that company floundered was that the best resume in the world is no match for the passion, vision, and execution of entrepreneurs. Founders have a personal, vested interest in the success of the company, whereas hired executives typically do not.
I find it challenging to find a healthy work-life balance. I have been very fortunate to have worked for great people along the way who have allowed me the flexibility needed to achieve (or at least try to achieve) this balance.
If I am not at work, I am painting—taking an idea, a vision, and creating art.