#TeamWP: Meet Tom, Sr. Account Executive

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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 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.

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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.

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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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