#TeamWP: Meet Katie, NY Office Manager and Social Media Wrangler

Not only does Katie keep our small but mighty New York office running, she is also the face behind our blog and social media postings (Find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter)! Although she’s not writing this one…

Katie enjoys highlighting the behind-the-scenes collaborations, trainings, and quirky events of our company to the out-in-the-wild business travels, community events, and sports endeavors of our teams. At Whitepages, pretty much every day is an adventure in or out of the office.

FUN FACT: When Katie’s not taking care of her team at the office, she is running around New York City for acting and voiceover gigs. Speaking of which, do remember the cute and memorable voice of the 2016 holiday it-toy, HATCHIMALS? You guessed it – that was her voice!

Read on to learn more about our office and social media superhero, Katie:

What’s your hometown?
I was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. That’s home!

What was your very first job?
I was a “lunch lady” — I helped prepare lunches for kids at a baseball camp during the summers.

What’s been the most influential piece of technology in your life so far?
FaceTime. I have friends and family all over the place, so it’s nice to be able to “see” people!

What’s the last TV show you binge-watched?
Big Little Lies

What would your role be if there was a zombie apocalypse?
Organizing the weapon distribution. I’d keep a list of who got what, most likely.

What’s your favorite downtown lunch spot?
There’s a tasty Cambodian sandwich shop near our NY office called Num Pang. But you can get just about anything in the neighborhood!

What does being a Whitepager mean to you?
I like being a part of a community that is utilizing its efforts to help individuals and businesses in a meaningful way. I really like our value “Serve”. Helping others in even the smallest of ways has always brought me joy. From keeping the office running smoothly to reaching out for our recruiting efforts, I hope that my daily tasks are serving someone in some form.

What’s Katie’s favorite meme? She can’t get enough of this little guy!

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#TeamWP: Meet Tom, Sr. Account Executive

Tom

There’s a lot to learn when you’re brought on to a growing sales team – the products, the customers, and your new colleagues. With the Whitepages Pro Team, you won’t get through an orientation without “Tom” being mentioned (not just because we have three of them)! To our team in Seattle, Tom is “the New Yorker” (a title he holds proudly) and the guy who’s been with the Pro team since before it was really even a team. For four years, Tom has been providing Whitepages Pro customers with Data for Good to help them increase revenues and reduce risk.

What keeps him going? Besides working with an awesome team (and the hummus and veggies in the office, #healthyeating2017), Tom has an unwavering commitment to character and integrity, as well as a constant appreciation of his customers’ desire and confidence to work with him. On Day One he discovered that Whitepages is set up with a great number of tools and resources to do the job successfully. His advice to our ever-growing team: OWN the activities that will make you successful! (Who wouldn’t embrace that culture?) Here is more about Tom:

What’s your hometown?
Wantagh, NY — the gateway to Jones Beach.

What was your very first job?
Busboy at a Greek diner. Note: there is a Greek diner in every town on Long Island. I was never afraid to get my hands dirty!

What’s been the most influential piece of technology in your life so far?
My first iPhone. Sorry, Android users…the iPhone is feature-rich and user-friendly. I taught my 78-year-old mother how to use one in 30 minutes.

What’s the last TV show you binge-watched?
House of Cards, waiting for Season 5!

What do you do when you have 30 minutes of free time?
I harass one of my two kids, of course, just making sure they are behaving.

What’s the last vacation you went on?
Dominican Republic

What’s your favorite downtown lunch spot?
The Almond, an American restaurant next door, or basically anywhere inside of Eataly, now quickly becoming a NY landmark.

What’s your favorite meme?
“Sell me this Pen” with Leonardo DiCaprio (from Wolf of Wall Street).

What does being a Whitepager mean to you?
It means I am in a very select group of people who are not only extremely talented and bright, but everyone here seems to embrace the frantic pace and the sense of urgency to get stuff done (GSD) I have always felt the need to do that, but at Whitepages the desire and feeling is much stronger to kick ass and improve each day.

What’s your favorite Whitepages memory (so far)?
Our Portland trip in 2016. You could see the whole Pro team starting to come together. Alex Algard (our Founder and former CEO) said, “Tom, did you ever think there would be this many Pro team members?” I knew right there we had something pretty cool and I was a part of it. That was meaningful to me!

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Our small but mighty (and ever stylish) NY team – Deep, Katie, and Tom.

#TeamWP: Meet Marilu, Accounting Manager

Marilu

Here at Whitepages, we are lucky to have such a fun-spirited and hard-working finance team, crunching numbers by day and winning Halloween Happy Hour costume contests by night (let’s just say they really like “Sweatin’ to the Oldies”).

While the thought of taxes, auditors, and financial accountability make many people cringe, it’s why Marilu shows up to work every day (although her awesome finance team has something to do with it, too)! A cornerstone of our team, Marilu shatters the “stuffy accountant” stereotype with her keen sense of humor and bubbly personality.

There are many days Marilu may be the first one you say hello to at the office and wave good-bye to her as you leave; however, she makes sure to sneak away every now and then and utilize our in-house chair massages or catch a movie with her team (yes, they all went to see Ben Affleck in “The Accountant” together).

What’s your hometown?
Wapato, WA

What was your very first job?
Picking cherries during the hot summer days of the Yakima Valley.

What’s been the most influential piece of technology in your life so far?
My iPhone!

What’s the last TV show you binge-watched?
The Walking Dead

What would your role be if there was a zombie apocalypse?
I would like to think that I would survive long enough to have some sort of role. Since I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead, I think my role would be similar to Carol, where I would come across as being weak but always ready to strike and save my survivor group.

What do you do when you have 30 minutes of free time?
Currently, I do wedding planning!

What’s the last vacation you went on?
Guam, where America’s day begins.

What’s your favorite downtown lunch spot?
The Great Northwest Soup Company (it’s right across from the office building)! The tomato basil soup is my favorite.

What does being a Whitepager mean to you?
Being innovative, Whitepages is in an industry that moves fast and as a Whitepager we need to be able to constantly change accordingly. Also, I am a strong believer that a small, talented team will beat an average one any day. Even though we are a small accounting team in comparison to other companies, each team member has strong skills, so everything we do is at a high level of quality.

What’s your favorite Whitepages memory (so far)?
The Portland trip that we took last year. There were so many fun events and it was great getting to know other employees, especially the ones from the NY and Budapest offices.

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Our 2016 Halloween Happy Hour costume winners, our fit and fun Finance Team!

#TeamWP: Meet Colin, Software Engineer

Colin

From summer intern to engineering superstar, Colin, a Software Engineer with our Premium team, is not only relentlessly committed to making our front-end product experience usable and beautiful across platforms, but he is also reliably available for a genuine smile and words of appreciation and encouragement. Knowing that, it should be no surprise that Colin looks forward to mentoring our summer interns, making their experiences both challenging and a ton of fun!

Colin’s last three years at Whitepages have given him the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, finding his way from back-end web development to a passion for front-end web development, and having an integral role in launching our Premium product as part of a small and tight-knit team.

To break up his days in front of a computer, Colin and a couple of his fellow Whitepagers take advantage of their employee discount at the gym in our downtown Seattle office building. After a good sweat (and a shower!), you can likely find him snacking on a Chocolate Pure Protein bar and back to work in a corner of our office’s Sunset Lounge, known for the “comfiest couches and best lighting.”

What’s your hometown?
Growing up in a military family meant I lived in 10 different houses growing up. I came to Seattle to attend UW and soon found it feeling like home.

What was your very first job?
I worked as a lifeguard at the YMCA for three summers from the ages of 16 – 18.

What’s been the most influential piece of technology in your life so far?
Definitely the personal home computer. My family’s first computer was a Gateway 2000 4DX-33 running Windows 3.1 and I loved playing games on it. I remember waking up super early and memorizing what I had to type into the Command Prompt to get to my games.

What’s the last TV show you binge-watched?
The Crown on Netflix. I didn’t think a historical drama about British royalty would be that interesting, but it’s really well-made.

What do you do when you have 30 minutes of free time?
At work, I like to read up on the latest in front-end web development. At home, I enjoy working with my good friend (and colleague at Whitepages!) Tommy on editing our latest videos for YouTube.

What’s the last vacation you went on?
Over Christmas, I went to see Multnomah Falls with my family, which was an impressive sight! I’m also planning to go to Scandinavia for two weeks in April with my brother.

What’s your favorite downtown lunch spot?
There’s so many! If I want Thai food, I’ll go to the Thai-U-Up food truck. If I want Mediterranean food, I like the Athena’s food truck. Veggie Grill has some awesome vegetarian food, and Potbelly makes excellent sandwiches.

What does being a Whitepager mean to you?
Working together to get stuff done. I was sold on Whitepages when I experienced how we are trusted to do, ask questions, and directly collaborate with our colleagues to fix problems as they come up. Also, my manager really epitomizes our “own it” value. Seeing him help out with everything engineering at Whitepages is pretty inspiring.

Colin & team

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#TeamWP: Meet Peiwen, Customer Acquisition Manager

How does Whitepages Premium make sure it’s providing the best product for the right customers? While there are many dynamic Whitepagers working behind the scenes to answer that question, Peiwen leads the charge as our Customer Acquisition Manager, optimizing our Search Engine Marketing (SEM). SEM was new to Peiwen when she joined the team, but her background in analytics, her perseverance, and her natural curiosity made her a perfect fit! Peiwen spends her days working closely with her team to understand our customers and implement the most effective marketing strategies. She is passionate about reaching millions of users with the ultimate goal of connecting them to the right Premium products. When she’s not working on her laptop perched in the bay window of the Great Room (she doesn’t like desks much!), you can find Peiwen snacking on some Pop Chips, sipping a cup of coffee, and staring out over the landscape of the city in our downtown Seattle office.

What’s your hometown?
Tijuana, Mexico.

What does being a Whitepager mean to you?
It means owning everything that I do and accepting that not everything will always work out. One of the most important parts of any process are the lessons we learn and being even better the next time we try. My team is full of “doers” who will do everything in their power to get things done, even if they are not initially familiar with the task.

What’s been the most influential piece of technology in your life so far?
Pandas in Python. It’s made my life so much easier. It was like putting on glasses and seeing the world for the first time.

What’s the last TV show you binge-watched?
American Horror Story and Bones.

What do you do when you have 30 minutes of free time?
I play Stardew Valley.

What’s your favorite meme?
Absolutely Barbaric, especially when referring to hard-shell tacos. I am a purist.

What’s your favorite downtown lunch spot?
Shiki, a Japanese joint on Roy St. I recommend the Porkbelly Donburi.

What’s the last vacation you went on?
I went to Cartagena and Bogota to a friend’s wedding. Colombians can plan a party!

What’s your favorite Whitepages memory (so far)?
There are many, but my favorite one is when our Carepages affinity group went down to Youthcare’s Orion Center to cook and serve lunch to homeless teenagers.

carepages

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