Every day is an adventure at Blue Compass - an adventure that usually involves inner office jokes, heckling each other and laughing WITH one another. Our leadership team is no exception! They set positive examples for our team, are good sports when oftentimes they're the butt of our jokes and they also dish out sarcasm (and compliments) regularly.
Today though, we are setting aside our jokes (at least for the moment) and steering our adventure in a more sentimental direction. In honor of 2020 Bosses’ Day, we wanted to take a few minutes to say thank you to Blue Compass’ four fearless leaders who give so much to us everyday!
Ashley Lamos, Account Executive summed up our leadership team well: “Until you actually experience a culture like the one at Blue Compass, it seems a little too good to be true. But what the leadership team here has cultivated over the last 13 years is a company founded and grown through respect, trust and fun. A workplace with no drama, pettiness or toxic competition. Companies like this are rare and leaders like Cary, Drew, Laura and Jeff - who empower, and are willing to learn from, the individuals they hire - might be actual unicorns!”
Jeff Schumann, Development Director & Cashmere Connoisseur
Let’s get this party started with the one and only Jolly Jeff Schumann. Jeff was the first hire Cary & Drew made 10 years ago, and we couldn’t be more thankful for their choice. Jeff, don’t let Laura’s teasing fool you - people love working with you, and we can prove it.
”Jeff is very driven to provide the very best to clients and the Blue Compass team. He goes the extra mile to ensure issues are dealt with swiftly and effectively. Jeff leads by example, continuously making improvements and finding efficiencies. No question is too big or too small. I know I can look to Jeff to provide insight and help our clients.”
- Michelle Torrey, Client Support & QA Manager
“Jeff is a great leader because he is always willing to drop what he is doing and listen to your crazy (maybe not so great) recommendations and turn it around into a simple solution.”
- Charles Duve, Front-End Developer
”Jeff always finds creative and efficient processes for cleaning up technical SEO errors on our clients’ websites. We appreciate his expertise and willingness to support the digital marketing team so that we can provide comprehensive SEO solutions for our clients.”
- Lisa Sinnwell, Digital Marketing Analyst
“Jeff's one of those people who has the power to change the energy of the room. When it's time to let loose, 'Fun Jeff' knows how to get the whole team ready to party!”
- Ryan Weldon, Client Communication & Education Strategist
“Jeff is really helpful in solving mysterious code problems; he is always willing to go the extra mile to get to the bottom of the problem and prevent it from happening again. He takes his skills to the next level by constantly trying to figure out better web development strategy and implementation. And then there is the infamous "Jeff Effect" - when Jeff looks at your code (or any other computer problem) and it automatically works. We appreciate Jeff, he can always be counted on to bring many laughs since his laugh is contagious!”
- Brooke Eyerly, Senior Back-End Developer
Thanks Jeff, for being a baller Development Director. You work so hard to fix any problem we throw your way.
Laura Jackovin, Vice President of Operations & “Fact Stater”
Up next, we have LJ. (We won't hear the end of her being listed after Jeff, who has only been here a few months longer than her... even though Jeff thinks he was here years before her, but alas, here we are!) Laura, your compassion and consideration for every team member is astounding. You connect with everyone (team members and clients) effortlessly and never forget to remind us of how fun you are!
“Laura does not hesitate to make a new team member feel welcomed in our office. She has a unique ability to have meaningful conversations no matter who it’s with, and she constantly shows that each individual on our team is valued. Often referred to as “Fun Laura,” there’s no question that she is a major contributor to our positive office culture.”
- Kevin McMurray, Digital Marketing Associate
“Laura is the beating heart of Blue Compass, and if anyone doubted that, they need only have been here after she returns from vacation or a long weekend. When she comes in and it is like everyone awakes from a deep slumber. She had conversations with everyone, attempted several scares, and settled all outstanding business. She has effortless grace and, despite the outstanding allegation to the contrary, is fun. (Right?) I first met Laura at Blue Compass' booth at the DMACC career fair in Ankeny, and she was so much more positive and compelling than anyone from any other company. Her warm spirit and upbeat description of Blue Compass drew me in, as it has others I am sure.”
- Martin Whitman, Back-End Developer
"Laura leads our team with drive and grace and genuinely supports every team member at Blue Compass. She not only leads and helps guide our team, but is a great mentor and role model. She helps us see our greatest potential and inspires us to exceed expectations. I am extremely proud to be led by such a thoughtful leader and trusted mentor like Laura."
- Maggie Lindaman, Account Executive
"Laura makes a positive impact on everyone she comes into contact with. Personally, she has impacted me in a lot of ways. She has taught me the importance of finding a reasonable compromise for all parties and the benefit of seeing everyone's perspective. She truly wants the best for not only our clients but also our team. These are just a few examples of her admirable leadership and why I'm grateful to work with her."
- Trey McCoy, Project Manager
“Whenever I need a little extra support or outside perspective with problem solving, Laura’s door is always open and she never hesitates to sit back and be a sounding board. I value her insightful perspective on many levels. My favorite quote of Laura’s is, “I’m fun, right!?!?!” While some consider this a highly skewed opinion of herself, I believe it to be a fact.”
- Jason Handy, Art Director
Thank you, LJ, for being our rock, sounding board & friend. It is clear we can’t imagine Blue Compass without you.
Drew Harden, President, Co-Founder & “Can Get Away With Anything Cary Can’t”
Next up is Drewski! He is well known in the office for being able to get away with anything - and for good reason. Drew knows how to liven up any call or lunch with a cheesy game, bizarre questions or by devising hilarious nicknames. Your dedication to our culture, values and the team help us experience success every day.
“Drew leads by example. He never expects anything of a team member he wouldn't do himself and above all else, he listens. Drew taught me the power of listening - how not to respond, but to understand. It's only with true interest in someone else, that you can value them and their contribution.”
- Stephanie Wubben, Business Development Strategist
“Drew is always asking great, creative questions to get to know the team better. It's clear that he genuinely loves connecting with people, and he is intentional about starting fun conversations and building relationships in the office.”
- Kara Landhuis, Digital Marketing Associate
“Of all the lessons Drew has shared in our monthly team updates, the lesson that had the most impact on me was "Assume the Best." Drew strives to assume the best in other people, and he wants those around him to do the same. I've taken that lesson into my personal life, and even teach it to my kiddos. I want others to assume the best about me, so I'm going to assume the best about them. Thank you, Drew, for always assuming the best!”
- Laura Sorrenson, Office Manager
“What I love about Drew is that he takes time to really talk to me and know me. I can tell that he cares for each of us at Blue Compass. We are more than just employees, he values us as individuals.”
- David Wanat, Back-End Development Manager
“Drew is so passionate about Blue Compass culture! He's always coming up with creative ways to keep our team members laughing. Whether he's creating one-of-a-kind games, putting together funny team videos, asking thought-provoking questions or generating other team-building activities, he always has Blue Compass culture in mind.”
- Mallory Cates, Digital Marketing Specialist
Drew, your servant leadership has molded our culture into a supportive, cohesive environment we are all proud and lucky to be a part of. Thank you for starting BC and bringing Cary with you! ;)
Cary Coppola, CEO, Co-Founder, “DJ C-MONEY”
Last, but certainly not least, we have our favorite office DJ, Mr. Cary Coppola! Cary, you bring so much joy and laughter to our office! You have the ability to make others feel more comfortable, included and supported at the precise moment we need it most - and we can't thank you enough for the continuous laughter amongst the team!
“I've learned a lot from Cary over the years. When pitching clients or fielding technical questions, he is very knowledgeable and always knows how to respond in a positive manner. Cary is very good at finding working solutions to difficult, large-scale problems. Cary taught me to always look for new ways to improve our efficiency and presentation. I've also learned to value a high standard for writing quality code, while still finding time to have fun in the office!”
- Ben Odam, Front-End Development Manager
"Cary is a great listener and fixer of any problem! He always has a positive outlook and can brighten anyone’s day with a joke. He looks out for our team and will do whatever he can to help us succeed!"
- Jordan Beard, Account Executive
“We’re so lucky to have Cary leading the BC team! Everyone knows he makes the office a happier place - we always laugh more when Cary’s around! But one of my favorite things about Cary’s leadership is his ability to make everyone feel heard and understood. Cary’s a helper and a problem solver - he wholeheartedly wants the best for everyone and goes above and beyond to make that happen!”
- Brady Rebhuhn, Digital Marketing Strategist
“Cary, you always know how to lighten the mood. Before big meetings or presentations (or whenever you know someone is nervous), you will tell the funniest joke and help us laugh and relax. Cary makes work SO, SO fun! From telling embarrassing stories, scaring BC employees, helping someone with car trouble or diving head first into development.”
- Melissa Sporrer, Business Development Strategist
"From the day I met Cary I could tell that he's not only a (ridiculously) fun person to work for, but a guy who respects his employees and earns their respect back."
- Dexter Jacobs, Front-End Developer
Cary, thank you for being relatable, understanding and making us laugh each and every day. We know you are the butt of too many of our jokes and we don't let you get away with ANYTHING, but thanks for embracing it and ensuring the laughter never stops.
There is No Place We Would Rather Work
“Excellent company culture starts at the top, and the Blue Compass leadership team truly leads by example. From the moment I walked in as a new team member, I felt comfortable and included. One of the things I love most about this team is proof that hard work, productivity, humor and fun can, and should, coexist. In fact, this is what makes Blue Compass so successful and such an amazing place to work. I already have so much gratitude for the BC leadership team!”
- Miranda Goeders, Account Executive