Richie Doyen - Senior Director of Sales
Talk about your background and how you ended up at Unacast.
My background is very unique. I started my professional career in 2005 as a United States Marine. I served for ten years in numerous jobs in supply chain management and recruiting. I transitioned to the private sector in 2016 and started my career in Account Management at Dun & Bradstreet. I transitioned to a Sales Executive in my second year at D&B before finding my way to Unacast in 2018.
Talk about the things about your work that interest you most.
Being in sales, I have the opportunity to help businesses be more efficient and tech savvy. I love solutioning our data products with potential clients and showcasing the value in our data. Working with such a dynamic product team has made my job a lot more fun and interesting. We are constantly innovating new and improved products which I have the honor of presenting to the business world on a daily basis.
Tell us about a project you are especially proud of!
I am the most proud of the work our company did around the COVID-19 pandemic. We sat down in early March and created a Social Distancing Index which showcased the data of how people were social distancing. The best part was we offered this for free for the world to see on our website. We worked with numerous task forces, academic think tanks, predictive modelers and geospatial experts to get our data front and center to help combat the pandemic. The response was incredible and shot Unacast into the national spotlight.
Talk about the team and the culture -- what’s different about Unacast?
Team culture is very important to me. The beauty of a startup is that our US team is small and we all work very closely with each other. All of us are invested in the success and future of the company. We all work really hard and also spend time getting to know each other. Moving to a remote environment this year, we started having more team lunches via Zoom, playing some fun games on Slack and plotting our next all hands meeting somewhere abroad.
What do you do in your spare time?
I think the weather dictates my activities. In the spring and summer, you will find me on the golf course most weekends. I have an amazing pitbull rescue, her name is Maia. She has been with me for over 8 years now, so daily activities of walks, dog parks and drive through "Pup-achinos" at Starbucks are part of my day to day. In the winter time, I transition to outdoor activities such as skiing and hiking in the cold months. I have been sharpening my chess skills and have focused more on professional development this year, reading numerous books. My latest favorite is How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie.
What is your favorite tech at the moment?
I know I am late to the party on this one, but my Apple Watch. I am not a big fan of wearing a watch, but after some heavy convincing from friends, I joined the club. It truly has been amazing how much it tracks and keeps me aware of what I need to accomplish both from a health and wellness perspective and work wise. I recommend you give it a try as I wish I did years ago.