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ActiveBuilding Employee Spotlight: Karina Vest

Posted on Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Welcome to the fifth edition of our Employee Spotlight blog series! Throughout this series we’re interviewing members of our team and discovering what makes them tick.

This time we’re learning more about Karina Vest, an Implementation Consultant in our New York office who has been with ActiveBuilding for 4 years.  In this Q&A you’ll learn about an exciting project Karina is involved in, why she’s not exactly committed to Apple, and where she recently vacationed.  Let’s go!

What is your role at ActiveBuilding?  I am currently a part of the Implementation Team. When a client signs up for ActiveBuilding, my team builds the portals, and coordinates training for the onsite teams. Our job is to ensure that the staff feels empowered to run the portal and have a successful on-boarding experience!

What do you like most about ActiveBuilding?  I love the people that I work with! They’re a fun group who motivate and challenge me every day.  I also like working with innovative products such as ActiveBuilding and The EGG; they can have such an impact on a resident’s daily life.

What has been your favorite project at ActiveBuilding?  I would have to say being the Account Manager for our clients in Dubai. It is such an exciting opportunity to bring our product overseas and work with a wonderful team abroad.

Iphone, Android, or Windows phone?  Why?  I’ve always had an iPhone, but I’ve been tempted to switch recently. There have been some really cool features available on the Android market, so come back to me in a month with this question.

Now that we know what phone you prefer, what’s your favorite app?  I think my iTunes video app since I get to watch TV shows on my commute to and from work. I finished The Sopranos that way!

What’s your favorite vacation spot?  I just came back from Italy, so I am tempted to say Italy is my favorite vacation spot because of the food, the art and history.  I would have to say Colorado is a favorite as well; it is so beautiful there and the air is so fresh (especially compared to NYC).

When you’re not being amazing at your job, what do you like to do outside of work?  When it is warm, I love to be outdoors, and go hiking, biking, and camping whenever I can. It is getting pretty chilly in New York right now, so I am learning how to make candles and of course football season is back.  Go Broncos!

Have any questions for Karina?  Ask in the comments below and we’ll get back to you.

ActiveBuilding Employee Spotlight: Jennifer Lee

Posted on Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Welcome to the third edition of our Employee Spotlight blog series! Throughout this series we’re interviewing members of our team and discovering what makes them tick.

This round we’re learning more about Jennifer Lee, a Client Success Manager in our Seattle office who joined ActiveBuilding in 2013.  You’ll learn a lot about Jennifer in our Q&A including the unique perspective she brought to our team due to her previous experience and the time she went on a road trip with her BFF.  Let’s get to it!

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What is your role at ActiveBuilding?  I’m a Client Success Manager.  My position with ActiveBuilding is to ensure that our clients have a full understanding on how our product works and have a great overall experience.  I am in constant contact with my clients, answering questions and addressing any concerns they may have.

What do you like most about ActiveBuilding?  I used to work onsite, so I completely understand the day-to-day life of Property Management.  I am VERY passionate about ActiveBuilding as a whole.  I know how much time it saves and how efficient it is for the onsite teams.  I honestly do not understand why every community doesn’t have ActiveBuilding!  :)

What has been your favorite project at ActiveBuilding?  I don’t know that I have one specific project as a favorite.  My overall experience on all of my projects has been great.  I take a lot of pride in what I do, and in our product.  So it’s hard to pinpoint specifically but if I have to, then I would say working with my clients.  I enjoy getting to know them on a personal level, and getting to meet them in person.  I’ve met a LOT of great people, and it makes my job so much better.   When you come to work and get excited because you’re calling a specific client and know you’re going to get a good laugh from the call, it makes your day!

Iphone, Android, or Windows phone?  Why?  I have to say I’m an iPhone kind-of-gal.   Where do I begin?  The functionality of iOS is really easy.  One Button – do I say more?  The Emoji’s are pretty fun too. As Tracy mentioned in a previous blog post – iMessage.

Now that we know what phone you prefer, what’s your favorite app?  Exactly who came up with this question?  Who really has just one? This is what I use frequently: OneBusAway (yes, I ride the bus to work, the only way to do it in Seattle), Maps (I don’t want to be lost), Pinterest (LOVE),  UP (Need to monitor my steps and sleep), UBER (That’s right, best thing EVER!), Kindle (at least I always have something to read.)  Oh and Amazon Music.  As you can see, I could  keep going with this list. :)

What’s your favorite vacation spot?  I LOVE to travel!  Two of my more memorable trips that come to mind are: Going camping (yes, tent and sleeping bag) on the beach on the North Shore of Oahu for a week with some friends.  Nothing like sleeping 20 feet away from the Ocean.  It was such a cool trip!

When my BFF and I went on our Thelma and Louise trip (all laws were obeyed) we drove from Southwest Washington through Idaho to the east side of Montana, then went south through Yellowstone to Wyoming, and circled back.  We were gone a week, and only stayed in a hotel for the first three days.  Every day after that we were camping.  I even slept in a Tee-Pee that trip.  One with nature, as they say.  As long as I’m with friends or family I don’t care where I’m going, I know I will have a great time.

When you’re not being amazing at your job, what do you like to do outside of work?  I love spending time with friends and family.  I love to read, so if you have a great book to suggest, let me know!  We can discuss it after I finish.  I LOVE the summer time for some BBQ parties!  Seahawks!!!  Yes, I’m a 12!  Sitting by a campfire and solving all the worlds problems with a great friend and a glass of wine.  I could go on and on about things I love.

Have any questions for Jennifer?  Ask in the comments below and we’ll get back to you.