Welcome to our new Share a Coke series on the EDQ blog! We think hearing stories right from the people who make up our EDQ family gives us all a chance to recognize these individuals, their talents, and their stories. We wouldn’t be the company we are today without the people who make up our team, and they give a great view to what life at EDQ is like. In order to make this happen, we are sitting down to Share a Coke with a featured member of the EDQ team, and sharing their story with all of you! So sit back, share a Coke with us, and let’s chat with today’s featured EDQ’er, Greg.
1. To start out with, Greg, what is your story?
I went to college at UMASS Amherst, and had a career in financial services. I worked as a licensed stock broker for a few years. I also worked for few years in a sales/client facing role for a few years after that. I decided I wanted to live somewhere warm and play more golf, so I moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, and I lived there for five years (and did, in fact, play a lot of golf). I ended up going back to business school at Arizona State. Then I moved back to Boston with my now wife, where we now live with our French Bulldog Roscoe, he’s four, (Follow him on Instagram!) and our new baby girl Leighton!
2. Now that we know a little bit about you, describe your time at EDQ:
My title is Senior Finance Manager. We oversee all things financial across our business unit, including forecasting, reporting, budgeting, and invoicing. One interesting thing about our role is that we spend up to half of our time interacting with Experian Global, but also within EDQ (our business unit). When I started here, the business unit was still integrating with Experian, and through the hard work done across the team, we have not only successfully completed the integration, but also drove countless improvements along the way.
3. What is your favorite thing about EDQ?
My favorite thing about working here is the ability to impact and affect change across the business. We aren’t a company where there is a lot of bureaucracy or hoops to jump through to make meaningful changes and drive improvements. At the end of the day, if there is something that you’d like to change within your role, getting involved and creating or implementing a solution is within your control.
4. What skills make you successful in your role?
I would say being proactive, curious, and get involved within all areas of EDQ and Experian. You have to drive your own success by getting involved and being curious; which means asking questions, and attending meetings, even if it's not within your department. Senior leadership is always open to getting employees more involved throughout the business and encourages us to take our development days; paid days off where employees are able to go learn a new skill or take a training course. In addition, within the finance world, being comfortable with different systems, ambiguities, and of course, Microsoft Excel.
5. What book are you reading right now? We know you are busy with baby Leighton at home!
That is actually what I am reading about! I am reading a book called Wonder Weeks. It’s rooted in scientific knowledge on when a child develops, and it can pinpoint when they have major developmental stages, which can correlate to why they are fussy or why they are behaving a certain way. So, at the end of the day, it gives you reasoning behind why your child might be having a bad couple of days, and as a parent, it gives you a little peace of mind.
6. Can you share a favorite quote to take with us today?
“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?" – John Wooden.
Greg painted a perfect picture of life here at EDQ. Would you like to know more about our team, office, and opportunities?