We got the chance to sit down with our CEO Michael Transon & People Operations Manager Casey Joens to get a better insight on how the two work as a team to bring the company together as a whole. Michael brought Casey on in the early growth of Victorious when there were only 6 employees in an 800 sq ft space. There are currently over 35 employees and we’re still growing at a rapid pace. It is truly inspiring to hear what these two have accomplished together throughout the progression of Victorious. They have been through it all. Check out what makes our leaders special!
Interview conducted and condensed by
JENNI BOJANIN & NICOLE NORRIS
Q. What is something you learned the hard way through work?
A. Processes are easy to change and fix, people are not.
Q. What inspires you?
A. My family is the root of what inspires me. They helped me realize that I should be extremely proud of what I have helped make Victorious into. We spend so much time at work, why not make it an enjoyable experience?
Q. What motivates you to stay positive in your field of work?
A. I enjoy working in a positive environment, I want to continue creating that kind of environment and surrounding myself with people that inspire me. I want people to stay true to themselves. One of the things I try to do every day is to practice finding the positive takeaways from the day, even on the hardest days. I also remind myself that I’m lucky to be able to live here and work in a position where I can help provide jobs for people in San Francisco.
Q. What kind of characteristics do you believe Michael contributes to the Victorious team?
A. Michael casts a lot of vision for the company as a whole. He is great at identifying the areas that the company needs to grow in and offers insight in how the company should grow. Michael’s professionalism and capacity for empathy are inspiring and motivating for us all to give a s***. Also, Michael is so involved and engaged in every aspect of the company, he really could do a little part of everyone’s job, especially sales, he’s incredible at selling.
Q. What do you hope to see grow within yourself while working at Victorious?
A. I want to develop a general understanding of business organizational structure as well as continue to learn more about what inspires people to do their best work.
Q. What is something you wish you knew more about before coming to Victorious?
A. Wish I knew more about SEO coming into Victorious.
Q. If you were to plan a team outing, where you go and why?
A. Angel Island is where I would want to take the team on an outing, it’s an island right by the bay near Alcatraz. At Angel Island, I would want to just hike and enjoy nature. I think being outdoors in nature will allow us to connect in a different way together.
Q. How did you get the nickname “Mayor of the Sunset”?
A. (laughs) Probably from living here for so many years and going to all the local spots and coffee shops. I’ve never claimed the title but people just started calling me that. I still do not claim it.
Q. What inspires you?
A. To see people thrive and become the best versions of themselves.
Q. What motivates you to stay positive at work?
A. Knowing that we are building a great company. Knowing no matter how difficult one day, month, a week might be, we are creating an environment and culture that people love to be a part of.
Q. What is something you learned the hard way?
A. That finding the right people who are committed to this company and our mission for the long term takes longer and requires more investment than one would assume.
Q. What goals have you set for yourself personally and professionally at Victorious?
A. To invest more deeply into executive coaching. And to lean into the basic principles of business that allow this company to not only exist but thrive for the next 5,10,15 years.
Q. What kind of characteristics do you believe Casey contributes to the Victorious team?
A. Casey adds a spark of joy into every day. He’s able to come in and completely change the atmosphere of a room. He’s the best part of peoples day and he truly helps people find the enduring qualities of their work and the purpose of their role at the company.
Q. Rumor has it that you’re an intense Cat-Dad. Tell us about your furry kids!.
A. (a dreamy glaze appears in his eyes)Tux is 5 years old and he is just the sweetest boy. Tux was born on the fourth of July and sleeps around 22 hours a day. I almost named him ‘Waffles’’. My other cat Rose is 2 years old and is clinically obese. She is currently weighing in at 18 lbs and is often called a honkin’ chonker.
Q. If you could have dinner with a celebrity or someone famous, who would you choose?
A. Anthony Bourdain for sure.
Q. How do you think working together impacts the company culture?
A. I think that having an open and honest communication loop between the person responsible for defining the trajectory and vision of company and person responsible for setting the tone of culture is so important because it requires two different kinds of minds. Casey and I have the ability to be transparent and open about both the company and individual peoples needs. This allows us to help our people thrive, feel valued and become successful.
Q. What is your favorite memory at Victorious?
A. We both have very fond memories of Victorious when it was small and first growing. The office we were in was an 800 sq ft mixed suite that used to be a preschool. We quickly scaled to 15 and outgrew the space. Our Sales Director Pete would regularly walk past my desk to the bathroom only to close the door, sit on the toilet, and take sales calls because there was nowhere else.
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