Practitioner Leigh Moos’ favorite thing about her role at PhoenixTeam is delivering clients value at scale within the mortgage industry. “We care about having an authentic impact for the people who matter most. It is great to influence positive change and advocate for opportunities that result in happier, healthier, more equal, and more knowledgeable communities, team members, and clients.”Leigh holds that the best professional advice she has received is to maintain a work/life balance. She accomplishes this with support from PhoenixTeam leadership, friends, and family. Outside of work, Leigh enjoys watching her son play college baseball and her daughter perform. She also loves to travel, take day trips, or long vacations. Her favorite destinations include Disney, Key West, New Orleans, and New York City.

PhoenixTeam Engineer Lauren Guse has built a network and support system a year into her time at PhoenixTeam. She enjoys the opportunity to “make a difference in the lives of our clients” while she is challenged to become better at what she does. At PhoenixTeam, Lauren says she “feel[s] seen, heard, and valued by fellow team members” and is “grateful to work for a company where [she] not only feels comfortable sharing [her] ideas but is also empowered to do so.”

Lauren’s interests include animals and culture, with the dream of owning a big, ranch-style home with plenty of land for animals and the bucket list item of visiting Japan to immerse herself in the food and art.

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” Resonating with Steve Jobs’ thoughts on creating a career, Lauren believes that work is a large part of life, so everyone deserves to have a job that fulfills, impassions, and brings happiness. “I wake up every day genuinely excited to work for PhoenixTeam and that’s how I know I’m at the right place!”

Being a Business Analyst at PhoenixTeam is Michael Oliver’s first job in his career. He never knew how willing his team members would be to help the “new guy.” “The people here at PhoenixTeam care and want to see me succeed. The experience in my first six months has been full of great times, and many answered questions.”

As a kid, Michael always dreamed of having a Jeep Wrangler. He achieved that goal, and his next step is to lift it and put some big tires on it! As far as a dream home, the combination of a modern style home with a log cabin color pallette would be his choice.

Thinking back to his not so long-ago college days, his advice to himself now is; “Trust your instincts. It will all work out the way it is supposed to.”

There is no greater gift than the time you get to spend with a friend or a loved one. With Matt’s love for music, he would choose to spend some time with James Marshall Hendrix jamming to some music.

As for a dream home, “how cool would it be to live in a cob construction home?” Matt loves the look and sustainability of these homes and would love the opportunity to live in one.

Matt’s college education in fine arts didn’t bring him to his career in IT, it was the need to have job stability and the ability to financially support his family. “You can’t go wrong with a career in computer science, and it is something I have really found a passion for.”

Matt was drawn to PhoenixTeam by the amazing things he heard about the company culture from a fellow team member. “I can crunch data anywhere, but having an awesome group of fun people in the trenches with you every day is what takes it to another level!”

Melissa’s perfect day starts with a good cup of coffee and brunch. Reading, music, and spending the day at the beach with friends until the sun goes down is at the top of her list of favorite things to do.

Albert Einstein once said, “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” This quote especially resonated with Melissa when she began her job at PhoenixTeam. For her, working at a company that is fully remote was not something she ever thought she would enjoy. Melissa was concerned there would be roadblocks to fully connecting with her co-workers but has found that it was easier than she thought. “Through projects, virtual coffee breaks, and happy hours, the atmosphere is filled with team spirit and a sense of unity that I did not think could be reached in a remote environment.”

Melissa’s advice: “Find an opportunity within the field you are passionate about, and get a better understanding of what is involved in the day-to-day; it may pleasantly surprise you.”

Meet Gloria, a Business Analyst at PhoenixTeam. Spending time outdoors with family, friends and a good glass of wine tops her list! She is always ready for time spent listening to music, enjoying a picnic, engaging in a challenging hike, or a swim at the water park.

Her college career path was in early childhood education, but she is truly grateful for life taking her down a different path, ultimately finding herself at PhoenixTeam. What most drew her to PhoenixTeam was the opportunity to learn skills necessary in today’s world. Gloria enjoys the ability to grow in her career while learning from the incredibly skilled and knowledgeable people at PhoenixTeam.

The best part of Kris’s job is the variety in his work. Each day may bring a new challenge and he loves that. He also loves working from home and how it helps keep his work/life balance in check. Kris’s son and daughter are both college students. His advice to them, “Find your passion and then see what careers align with that passion. Your job will just be a job if you don’t love it, but if you are passionate about it, it becomes a part of who you are.” If you ask Kris the best way to cook a filet mignon, he will tell you, hands down, in a cast iron skillet. During the pandemic Kris took the opportunity and dove into cooking. Along the way he found a few great recipes that he has filed away for safekeeping.

Meet Sofia Castro, she was born in Brazil and moved to the US with her family when she was 2 years old. Sofia is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English. If she could plan a dream trip, it would be to Europe with her parents and her dog Benny. The itinerary would include Greece, Italy and Spain. During college, Sofia was involved in many internships for journalism but found her heart was not in it. This discovery took her down the path of working in the consulting field and feels lucky to have found PhoenixTeam. The inclusivity, leadership and positive work environment are the values that she admires most about PhoenixTeam.

Sofia lives by the advice once given to her, “Work hard and be kind! You never know what someone else is going through.”

If Mary could give her younger self advice, it would be words from Eminem, “You can do anything you set your mind to man.” Mary has always wanted a career she was proud of. With fierce drive as she traveled a long winding path, Mary feels she has reached her career goals. The best part of her job at PhoenixTeam is being able to help clients and feeling like what she does makes an impact.

Mary’s perfect day would be spent outdoors on her paddleboard, at the beach, or in the woods hiking. It brings her great joy to be out in nature. Mary loves running, reading, cooking and gardening.

As anyone can see Lucas has a passion for travel, adventure and enjoying nature. In addition, when he is not outdoors, Lucas likes reading about history, philosophy and culture. Oh, and make sure to ask him about his extensive vinyl music collection.

When Lucas was younger, he was determined to grow his career path of architecture and product design. Having completed those objectives, he has grown to learn that there is a much more rewarding value in helping others in working together to achieve greater goals collaboratively.

The idea of working on a project that is meaningful to people was the biggest draw to PhoenixTeam for Lucas. He believes that helping Veterans purchase a home is a noble endeavor in today’s busy world that not only helps society but makes him feel proud of his day-to-day contributions.