CleanSlate Hires 5 New Employees

John Harrison

John Harrison has joined the CleanSlate team as a Business Development Manager.

Background on John:

In his undergrad at Purdue University, John received a degree in agricultural economics. He began his career as a commodities broker, but found his niche once he followed the “best piece of advice he’s ever been given” and entered the IT industry.

John as a Business Professional:

According to John, his top three professional strengths are humility and self-awareness, reliability, and work ethic; he prides himself in consistently being a top performer in any sales team he’s been on. He is looking forward to using these qualities to extend CleanSlate’s services to an even broader customer base. 

John’s Personal Life:

When John isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his wife Michelle, son Brandon (25), and daughter Lindsey (21). He is also an avid fisherman and golfer, and loyal to the Colts, Pacers, Reds, and Purdue. A fascinating fact about John is that in 1983 he served as the team captain for his team in the Future Farmers of America Crop State Championship – their team took first place and John took second in his individual score! Another random talent of John’s? He can remember hundreds of friends’, colleagues’, and customers’ phone numbers even after the first time hearing them.

Ben Marlowe

Ben Marlowe has joined CleanSlate as Sales Support. 

Ben’s Background:

Ben got his undergraduate degree at Millikin University and a Graphic Design degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining CleanSlate, Ben was an Account Executive doing new business development with Kelly Services. He has over 7 years of experience in employment sales but he’s always wanted to be in technology and CleanSlate is literally a “fresh” start for his career.  

Ben’s Professional Outlook:

Three words that Ben would use to describe his professional self are “enthusiastic, persistent, and curious.” He is excited to be entering the tech industry, and plans to use these strengths to contribute to CleanSlate’s success in the “new, exciting, and constantly changing” world of technology. 

Ben’s Personal Life:

Ben lives with his wife of two years, and they both enjoy trying new beers at the brewery across the street from them. Also in his free time, Ben enjoys golfing, gardening, and reading. He has read over 200 books since 2018!

Paul Kassan

Paul Kassan has joined CleanSlate as a service Delivery Manager. 

Background on Paul:

Before starting at CleanSlate, Paul worked as a Product Delivery Manager for Cox Automotive. Prior to that, he worked as an eCommerce and Distribution Manager at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

Paul’s Professional Life:

Paul prides himself in his strong ability to prioritize, communicate, and formulate a strategic vision. While working for Cox, he collaborated with users, business stakeholders, and development teams to build and implement a document management solution across 70 nationwide locations. He is excited to be working for CleanSlate to gain new experiences, and is particularly looking forward to working with multiple clients and growing his personal and professional network. 

Paul’s Personal Life:

When Paul isn’t at work, he enjoys “anything car related” and spending time with his wife Taylor, who are both constantly planning their next travel destination. Amongst other places, they have been to England, Germany, Austria, Canada, and are traveling to Australia in September. Paul would describe himself as “talkative, enthusiastic, and motivated,” and uses these traits in his personal and professional life to constantly move forward and “get things done.” A fun fact that people might not know about Paul is that he’s a very good cook. He specializes in making pizza dough from scratch and achieving the perfect consistency when cooking sea scallops. He also has a unique taste in music and will never forget the Wu-Tang Clan concert that he went to about ten years back.

Sydney Meyer

Sydney Meyer has joined CleanSlate as a Marketing and Social Media Consultant.

About Sydney:

Sydney graduated in May of this year from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, double-majoring in Marketing and International Business Management. In addition to working for CleanSlate, Sydney will be an active member of the Orr Fellowship for the next two years, a professional development organization for young business professionals in Indianapolis.  

Sydney’s Professional Background:

Sydney has previously worked as the Marketing and Communications Intern for the park district of her home town in Elmhurst, Illinois, and was a Channel Marketing Intern at ACCO Brands in Kettering, Ohio. At UD, Sydney served as the Chief Financial Officer of her business fraternity, Epsilon Nu Tau.

Sydney’s Personal Life:

Outside of work, Sydney enjoys running and spending time with friends and family. Having just moved to Indianapolis, she is working on finding her way around the city and discovering her favorite places to spend time downtown. Fun fact: Sydney has played the cello since fourth grade and played as a hobby in the UD Orchestra.

Laurence Ruberl

Laurence Ruberl has joined CleanSlate for the summer as an Xtern, working on developing mobile device software and web applications for our Indy Steel Project. 

Who is Laurence?

Laurence is going into his senior year at Earlham College, majoring in Computer Science and Theatre Arts. He has always had an interest in tech, and got into acting after he stage managed shows both in high school and college.

Laurence’s Previous Experience:

In addition to working sound and lighting for stage productions, Laurence enjoyed the “best summer of his life” last year while working for NASA near his hometown in Maryland. While gaining work experience, he also got to tour the control room of the Hubble Space Telescope, tour the room that controls 98% of NASAs Near Earth Network, and meet the NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

Laurence’s Life Outside of Work:

Laurence enjoys video games, specifically Dungeons and Dragons. He is proud to share that he has been developing an app in his free time that will assist stage managers in the ease of their production. Later this summer, Laurence is traveling to Scotland with his school’s theatre department to perform The Misadventures of Martin Hathaway.

Welcome to Top Gun

Welcome to Top Gun

Two of our account executives, Ben Thomas and Brandon Montgomery, recently attended Software and Solutions Top Gun training from IBM. The course is nearly five full days of intense IBM software sales training covering lots of different topics, including sales strategies, adding business value, and IBM software portfolio capabilities.

The goal of Software and Solutions Top Gun is to train students to identify “as-a-service” sales opportunities while helping them create clear Cognitive Business solutions for their clients. It’s a pass/fail course where students take daily tests and work on graded exercises—and we’re happy to report that both Ben and Brandon passed the course with flying colors.

“We learned so much about IBM software and cloud technology—how it’s decreasing costs for businesses and making them more efficient every day,” said Ben. “But I think the biggest takeaway was learning to look at sales as a solution for clients. We help companies grow and improve through innovation, and it’s important to remember that throughout the sales process.”

At CleanSlate, we always strive to make sure our team has the latest and greatest information about everything that’s happening with the IBM software portfolio. That’s why professional development courses like Software and Solutions Top Gun are can’t-miss opportunities for us—and we’re excited that two of our team members were able to attend.

If you need any help with IBM software, cloud solutions, application development, or anything else related to IT, we’re here to help. Contact us today to learn more.

 

 

CleanSlate is one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana.

CleanSlate is one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana.

CleanSlate employees enjoying the Indiana Best Places to Work awards ceremonyEvery year, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce chooses 100 companies throughout Indiana for their distinguished Best Places to Work list. Winners are chosen based on benefits packages, company policies, and satisfaction surveys completed by employees.

The competition was stiff for 2017, but we’re happy to report that CleanSlate has been ranked #16 on the Best Places to Work in Indiana list in the small company category (15-74 employees). We join 26 other tech companies on this year’s list, and we’re proud to be recognized as a business that truly values our employees.

This award is important to us for a couple of reasons. From a company perspective, it helps us not only see how we’re doing, but also shows us where we can improve. From an employee perspective, it validates that our people are working for a great company that cares about their happiness and wellbeing. We’ve learned a lot about our business during this process—and one of the most encouraging things we learned is that our people really love to work here.

We think CleanSlate is a great place to work because of lots of different factors, but one of the most important is flexibility. Our employees regularly work from home or on the road as well as at the office, and we aren’t rigid when it comes to when or how long they work on site. We simply expect our employees to do great work and to deliver it on time. We also have a flexible vacation schedule, and a very casual dress code.

But what really sets our business apart is our culture. This is a fun, laid back place to work where everyone supports each other—and where we treat each other more like friends than coworkers. We don’t get into office politics, and we don’t have supervisors breathing down your neck. Instead, we give employees the freedom and flexibility they need to do their best work, which is one of the biggest reasons we’ve been able to build such a strong team.

Make no mistake—we are hard workers. But we love what we do, and that makes it pretty easy to show up every day with a smile. And we hope that by being named one of Indiana’s Best Places to Work, we can show even more people that we’re running an exciting, world-class technology business right here in Indiana.

Are you interested in working for CleanSlate? We have several open positions available for smart, motivated people. If you think you have what it takes to work for us, email your resume and cover letter to info@cleanslatetg.com. We look forward to hearing from you!