#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.

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

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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.

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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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Whitepages Celebrates LGBTQ PRIDE Month

We are proud to announce that we are a GSBA (Greater Seattle Business Association) PRIDE sponsor this year. What does this mean? Whether we are hosting a pride event at our office, or eagerly throwing out Whitepages Pride Frisbees, we are as involved as possible with the GSBA PRIDE events. As a GSBA PRIDE sponsor, we affirm that, “Equality is Good Business.” In other words, Whitepages celebrates inclusion of all internally as well as those within the community.

One of our most recent sponsorship opportunities was at the Seattle Pride Parade, which organizers estimated was attended by 500,000 people. To add to the spirit, we provided parade-goers with 1000 Whitepages tote bags and 1500 mini Pridepages flying discs (aka Frisbees). Needless to say, they were a hit with the large crowd.

The celebration and Whitepages involvement continued after the parade. The GSBA was also set up at the local PRIDEFEST at the Seattle Center. We were joined by nearly 100 other companies such T-Mobile, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Nordstrom, UBER, Expedia and Facebook.

As a follow up to the festivities, Pridepages hosted a happy hour for employees on July 10th. From the lip-sync battle hosted by Kimber Lee Champagne to rainbow Jell-O shots, the celebration was a success, The continuous involvement and acceptance within the entire Whitepages team as well as GSBA community is just one of the many reasons I am part of Team Whitepages . Cheers to LGBTQ Pride month!

Take a look at a few of our favorite photos from our celebrations below:

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#TeamWP: Meet Software Engineer, Kathleen

When you think about what goes into development of a website, you’d think it might be somewhat simple, right? The truth is, developing a website is an incredibly complex system that often requires a whole team. Meet Kathleen, one of our software engineers and our full-stack web developer who’s currently working alongside our Caller ID team. In order to be a full-stack web developer, you have to be knowledgable about each layer of the website. The greatest part about her job? This isn’t the only project Kathleen works on. She gets to work on a variety of projects, so each week is a little bit different.

Which office are you in?
Seattle!

Why did you join Whitepages?
I joined Whitepages after I was a summer intern here two years ago and I really enjoyed my experience with the company and people that I got a chance to work with.

What’s your hometown?
Bellevue, WA
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What’s your favorite snack in the kitchen?
Fruit Snacks are the best.

How do you take your coffee?
With a little bit of cream and sugar.

What do you listen to at work?  What’s on your playlist?
I love listening to Spotify at work. Currently I am listening to James Bay, Jukebox the Ghost, and George Ezra but that could change very soon.

What was your very first job?
I worked in the University of Washington Seismology lab for a summer.

Describe your first computer.
A heavy Lenovo laptop.
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What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?
Magic School Bus.
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Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know _______.
I am always on time.

What are you most proud of?
Having a good, happy life.

What do you do when you have 30 minutes of free time?
Read a book.

If you had 10 extra dollars what would you buy?
Another book or sunglasses (I’m always forgetting mine).

What’s your go-to karaoke song?
Say My Name by Destiny’s Child (I guess?).

What’s the last vacation you went on?
I went on a five-week vacation to Europe after graduation. I visited Germany, Spain, England, and France. It was a wonderful trip!

What’s your signature gelato flavor?
Anything with chocolate

Two things you can’t live without?
A hair tie and some form of music

 

#TeamWP: Meet Whitepages Recruiter, Katie

If you’ve spent any time in the Whitepages Seattle office, you’ve likely seen a fast-paced recruiter running around on her phone or happily greeting candidates at the door. Meet previous Duck Tales fan, coffee lover and Whitepages recruiter, Katie. Katie spends most of her day screening, interviewing and hiring full-time employees and interns. The roles she hires for could range from “Software Engineer” to “Sales” on our B2B Whitepages Pro team.

Psst… we’ll give you a hint, if you happen to run into Katie at the office make sure to wear an extra big smile… she’s the person you’ll want to call or email if you want a job here!

Which office are you in?
I work in the amazing downtown Seattle office.

Why did you join Whitepages?
A Whitepages recruiter reached out to me via LinkedIn and I really didn’t know anything about Whitepages, so out of curiosity I met her for a coffee to learn about the team, the role and to get an overview of the company. After hearing about the company and the opportunity, I was 90% sold. Then she invited me up to meet some members of the team and to see the office space – that took me to 100%. The rest is history.

What’s your hometown?
I was born and raised in Kelso, Washington. Go Hilanders!

What’s your favorite snack in the kitchen?
My favorite thing this week is to add chocolate covered raisins in with my bowl of mixed nuts. Next week I may switch to yogurt, you never know. I absolutely LOVE the variety here!

How do you take your coffee?
Anyway I can – coffee is my thing. I drink black coffee in the morning when I get ready for work and in the afternoon it depends on my mood – it could be an unsweetened iced coffee, quad grande two-pump white mocha, one-inch steamed soy Americano or a caramel macchiato.

What do you listen to at work?  What’s on your playlist?
I normally do not listen to music at work, but when I do it varies. I proudly state that I am a Taylor Swift fan – yes, she’s awesome, don’t hate. I recently have been listening to Tori Kelly (thanks Kristine Delossantos) and the new Mumford & Sons.
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What was your very first job?
I babysat for some family friends on weekends and in the summer. My parents had me go through a Babysitting Certification Program when I was eleven years old. “Heck yes I’d like to make $3 an hour” said pre-teen Katie.

Describe your first computer.
It was big and it was awesome. I do not remember what it was exactly, but I do remember playing Classic Concentration on it for hours and hours. I always tried to win a Chrysler LeBaron at the end, since it was the most expensive car on the game.

What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?
Duck Tales (woo-ooo!) and Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers. The shows played back-to-back after I got home from school. Gadget Hackwrench was my favorite character.

Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know _______.
I played soccer for 15 years then my senior year of high school I switched to tennis. I should have played tennis all along.

What are you most proud of?
My family. My family is truly amazing and I smile when I think about them – from the cousins (40+) and the aunts/uncles to the grandparents, parents, and siblings. Some of them are my family by marriage and some others I have known since birth; they are all strong and inspirational human beings and I am grateful to be in their lives.

What do you do when you have 30 minutes of free time?
Now that it’s almost summer and glorious in Seattle on a daily basis, if I had thirty minute of free time I would read my book on my rooftop deck. I’ve determined that the deck no longer receives direct sunlight after 6:52 PM thanks to the building next to my place, so I try to make it home before then.
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If you had 10 extra dollars what would you buy?
I’d put it in the bank then would spend it the next day on coffee or a new vinyl album.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?
It’s a toss-up between Toxic by Britney Spears and Like a Prayer by Madonna. My sister and mom love to sing, so we occasionally bust out the karaoke machine during family gatherings. They are better than me, but I try.

What’s the last vacation you went on?
We just went to Victoria, BC for Memorial Day weekend. Yes, we drank High Tea at The Empress and spent the afternoon at Butchart Gardens, but my favorite activity was riding scooters up the coast. It was a blast.

What’s your signature gelato flavor?
Talenti’s Pistachio or Salted Caramel

Two things you can’t live without?
Seattle summers and Pinot Noir. I probably could live without them, but it would be a tough life.

What is your favorite question to ask potential candidates?
I really like to hear the different reasons why people want to work for us. It’s refreshing to hear the amount of information they know about our products/services and press that drove them to apply. Yes, we are on the 100 Best Companies to Work For – Seattle list!