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.

Most people look to vacation somewhere quiet and sunny when they talk about winning the lottery and Josh is no exception. His place of choice would be somewhere in the Caribbean. Josh has a huge heart and paying it forward is something he strives to do on a consistent basis. If he won the lottery, this would allow him an even greater opportunity to assist others in need.

Josh’s favorite quote is one that a professional mentor once recited from Alexander Pope; “A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep or taste not the Pieria spring: There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain and drinking largely sobers us again.”

The best part of Josh’s job is the availability to collaborate on projects with people of varied skillsets. Josh appreciates the encouragement from PhoenixTeam, of focusing and becoming more knowledgeable on things you are passionate about.

Meet Jennifer Drahota, who has dreams of someday writing and publishing her own book. Although she has not figured out what it is going to be about, but she is sure that it will involve tidbits from her crazy and rewarding personal and professional experience. She is taking notes along the way.

‘Quit focusing so much on everything around yourself instead of what is right in front of you. Be diligent with what you have in this moment’. This advice has served her well, most recently in parenting her two young daughters as well as keeping her grounded all around.

Jennifer is proud to be part of this team and loves that at PhoenixTeam, there is so much amazing talent, diversity and leadership of all the team members.

If Saugat could give his younger self sage advice it would be “There is no course that teaches you money and time management, mental health, self-love, self-confidence, and acts of kindness, but it is the most important knowledge you will ever need”.

Saugat’s perfect day is a day spent with family. It was a pleasure for him when he began working for PhoenixTeam that he immediately felt like part of the family. To Saugat, everyday feels like a Friday at PhoenixTeam.

Travel and learning new things are a passion for Saugat and if he wins the lottery, you will find him vacationing in Greece, taking flying lessons or on a long drive with his favorite music playing on the radio

Katie describes herself as fun loving, loyal, adaptable a bit of a people pleaser, slightly stubborn and loves making friends. If you missed information at a company meeting, don’t worry, she has an intense long-term memory and can recall discussions and decisions made years later. She is passionate about everything! She puts passion behind everything she does, which is driven by the desire to continuously learn. Becoming a SCRUM and SAFe Agilist were two of her career goals and PhoenixTeam helped her achieve both certifications. Katie loves the learning opportunities that PhoenixTeam offers her and appreciates that her team members are all invested in teaching as well as learning. When Katie is not working, she loves to read, color, shop and hike on warm sunny days.