Meghan Skinner

Employee spotlight: Meghan Skinner

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Years at Deem: 9

Where are you from, where are you now, and where are you going?

I was born and raised in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas, and that is where I home office from today. While my heart will always belong to Texas – open fields with grazing cattle and horses, proper sweet tea, southern manners, and gorgeous sunsets – I absolutely HATE the heat, so I long to be in the mountains of Colorado…someday. Until then, though, I try to hit the slopes as often as I can.

What brought you to Deem?

I had several colleagues join Deem and they quickly convinced me this was THE place to be. One meeting with the CEO and I was sold – this company had vision and passion, and I wanted in.

What is your title and how do you define your role at Deem?

Officially, Director, Field Operations. But my nickname to many over the years has been Yoda. I’m usually the one people come to when they don’t know where else to take their question or request, which makes each day challenging and unexpected.  My scope of responsibilities includes systems administration of key enablement tools such as Salesforce.com and others, territory analysis and assignments, incentive plans, proposal management, on-boarding and training, KPI tracking and analysis, and just about anything in between. This role really allows me to leverage my wide array of work experiences from accounting to solutions consulting, as well as sales and marketing.

What’s your icebreaker at a cocktail party?

“What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done?” This usually helps you locate the fun crowd pretty quickly!

What are you passionate about?

Here at Deem, I am passionate about enabling and supporting the smooth operations of the field team. I believe that what I do helps others have a productive day by removing roadblocks, providing valuable information, and being a reliable resource when something needs to get done. Outside of Deem, I am passionate about my family, entertaining, photography, and my Dallas Cowboys.

What’s your dream night out?

Wait – what is a night out? I have two adorable toddlers under 3, so a dream night out for me these days is eating a decent meal without having to cut every single piece of food on the table into teeny tiny bites and being yelled at. Clearly these kids have never eaten before and are ravenous!

Where would we find you on a typical Saturday afternoon?

Playing with my boys, cleaning the house, or taking pictures.

Who would your celebrity partner be on “Dancing with the Stars?”

Matt Damon or Matthew McConaughy

What was the last book you read, movie you saw, and/or video game that you crushed?

I have a (not so secret now that I am telling you all) addiction to Angry Birds Transformers on my iPhone. I haven’t been a big video game junkie since I was a kid playing Mario on Nintendo and then Tetris on the (first) PlayStation, but I can’t stop playing that dang Angry Birds Transformers game lately!  Since my two boys came along (2 yo and 1 yo), I don’t have a lot of time to read, but when I can sneak in a few chapters, I’m a sucker for mystery novels. On my nightstand right now is Natchez Burning by Greg Iles. I used to watch a ton of movies, but, as with reading, there isn’t a lot of time, so I can’t remember the last movie I watched (sad, I know). My husband and I are watching the 3rd season of House of Cards right now, though.

What have you learned at Deem that improved you personally/professionally?

I’ve spent many years here at Deem, growing leaps and bounds professionally, and so I’ve learned a great many things. Some of the most useful skills I’ve cultivated over the years include the ability to present, build a rapport with clients, and think on my feet.

What’s one of your greatest personal memories of working on Deem’s product or participating in its culture?

This is a tough one, since I’ve always worked remotely from Texas. But I’ve continually appreciated how available the eStaff has been, from participating in open Q&A sessions during Sales Kick Off meetings to keeping an open door when something needs to be addressed – I love that about our culture.

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