#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: Intern Edition – Meet Sierra!

Sierra Brandenburg, our part-time Pro Marketing Intern brought her marketing and program management experience from Underdog Sports Leagues and the Russell Wilson Passing Academy to Whitepages. Fun fact about Sierra is that she started intramural Spikeball at her university.

Here is what Sierra had to share about her two-month internship at Whitepages. 


This fall I will be a junior at the University of Washington studying economics. My previous job experience has always involved sportscoaching soccer (8 years), working at a golf course, and most recently working at the Russell Wilson Passing Academy/Why Not You Foundation. My comfort zone was sports, so Whitepages was definitely something new for me.

I joined the Whitepages Pro Marketing Team as an intern in April. My time was spent doing marketing research on website design, improving SEO and evaluating trends. I also helped retrieve addresses from prospective customers for a direct mail project to ensure that the cards reached the appropriate people. I organized various spreadsheets including a list consisting of the top online retail stores. My latest project was working on updating product information on the website through WordPress. This was my favorite project because I got to work on the backend of the website and see the code and how to make changes.

Throughout this internship, I learned that working with a team is always better than tackling something individually. Knowing you can lean on others for questions and help always opens the door for new knowledge. I learned that my experience in sports—teamwork, adaptability, and diligence—has relevance in a professional career. I could not have asked for a better first corporate experience, and I will always value my time here at Whitepages and the amazing people I met.

The Pro Marketing Team and their Interns tackle the Escape Room!

 

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#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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#TeamWP: Meet Christopher, Senior UX Designer

Christopher, UX Designer

Have you ever really thought about the details of the webpage you’re visiting – the font, the word choice, the color combinations, the size of a picture, or the placement of a button? Talented Whitepagers like our Senior User Experience (UX) Designer, Christopher, spend a lot of time focused on those things so that you aren’t! He takes good ideas and customer feedback to create solution-focused features to make the Whitepages Pro site intuitive, functional, and consistent. Christopher and his team make sure the Whitepages brand shines through while allowing users to easily navigate the site and efficiently use our products. When he’s not hard at work at his standing desk, you may find Christopher in the Great Room comparing CrossFit WOD times with his fellow Whitepagers.

What’s your hometown?
Kokomo, Indiana

What was your very first job?
I put together bikes in a Schwinn shop.

What does being a Whitepager mean to you?
Working with super smart people to make identity data easier to use and manage. On a daily basis I see someone from my team undertake a task that may not be in their field of expertise or may not be in their job description. They do what needs to be done to move the team forward, and they do it without hesitation.

What’s your go-to snack in the kitchen?
Cottage cheese. So much protein!

What’s the last TV show you binge-watched?
All nine seasons of Seinfeld.

What’s your favorite meme?
Aww yiss…breadcrumbs. (You’re Googling now, aren’t you?)

What’s your favorite downtown lunch spot?
I usually bring my lunch, but I do go to Chipotle a LOT. I’m trying to keep it healthy! (Though his many pizza-themed t-shirts honor his true love.)

What’s the last vacation you went on?
I visited my friends in Las Vegas for Thanksgiving and saw the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. It was awesome.

When you’re not working at your desk, where are you in the office?
In the Great Room. When I need to focus, it’s like hiding in plain sight.

Christopher UX Designer

Christopher performs with the Whitepages cover band at our annual company trip in Portland.

What’s your favorite Whitepages memory (so far)?
The company trip to Portland last year was pretty fun, and I really got to know a lot of my colleagues better.

Want to work with Christopher and the rest of the Whitepages team? 

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