President and CEO
After graduating from Wharton in 1998 (WG'98 graduate) with no clear direction in life, Noel decided to try his hand at a few "up-and-coming " internet ventures. It was the exciting, but risky time of the dot-com boom and Noel had his share of successes and failures. One of the successes was CorporateOffers.com that was created to provide a way for HR departments to provide employees with benefits and perks with no risk to their company or the vendors. Keeping employees happy at no cost is something all HR divisions can appreciate. Once the various daily-deals websites have all evaporated, only services with true value and client-focus will remain in the fray and CorporateOffers.com will continue to provide exclusive and dedicated services to all their corporate clients.
Favorite Car: Reliant Scimitar in British Racing Green
Jennifer "Jen" Chen grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she nursed a dream of one day becoming a Broadway star. After making her father happy and earning a Law Degree and passing the bar at age 24, she packed her bags for the Big Apple, but to her surprise she re-discovered her true calling in the world of Broadway.. In 2002, Jen joined the CorporateOffers.com family, where she discovered she could finally have an outlet for her two greatest passions: Broadway and the Law! Although she doesn't perform much anymore, Jen does love to get up and sing a few show tunes for her coworkers at the annual employee Christmas party, clients not allowed as it gets quite rowdy!
Favorite Broadway Show: The original Wicked, starring the amazing Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel (or even Adele Dazim)
Director Sales and Marketing
Sales is the last thing in the world that Carly ever thought she'd be doing, but here she is! A shy girl from Toronto (go Leafs!), Carly was all set to pursue a career in Finance until she took a part-time telemarketing job while in college and realized that she was actually pretty good at it. Next thing she knew, Carly was doing sales for the promising internet start-up eFirewood.com ("A pile of logs delivered right to your door in one hour, no more!"), which sadly went under due to some some feasibility issues and ultimately failed in the dot.com bust of 2001. Carly found a new home with us as a top performing employee at the firm where she gets to indulge her love of all things NYC.
Favorite saying live by: "The enlightened are free from doubt, the virtuous from anxiety, and the brave from fear."
Director Of Operations
Since he got his first Commodore 64 as a young man, Michael has been obsessed with computers. If you ask nicely, he'll even show you his prized collection of Macintosh Classic software and Windows 3.1 manuals! When most teenagers were making money working as an employee at local fast food joints. Mike was running his own web site design business. He skipped college and learned advanced HTML and PHP programming on his own, going on to cofound a software company with his financial guru uncle Henry. After their business was acquired in '03, Michael jumped aboard the CorporateOffers.com. train. Next stop: World Wide Web domination!
Favorite Celebrity: Ashton Kutcher
The movie Coming To America was not unlike Sangrit's experience of emigrating to this great country of ours. Although he describes Queens of the late 1980's in a far less positive light than Eddie Murphy ever did. Sangrit not enjoys working for CorporateOffers.com, but he also uses his own advice on what to do for fun in New York City. His wife likes to use the discount codes to get cheap Broadway show tickets, but his favorite are the TV show tapings. Sangrit was trained in Business Administration at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, but he truly loves the challenge of sales. His other interests include technology, architecture, music, philosophy, and sports. He's been trying to organize a company cricket team, but so far no luck! "Googly" anybody?
Favorite TV Talk Show: All of Conan O'Brien Talk Shows
Customer Service Manager
She will be the first to admit that it sounds corny, but Pawdesh just loves to help people. It could be the old lady across the street or even the bumble-bee out of the window. Obviously customer service is a perfect fit for her. Pawdesh has mostly been an employee in high-end-brand retail establishments, doing everything from ringing up clothes to selling custom light fixtures. She much prefers working at CorporateOffers.com., where she gets to help customers find an awesome Broadway show at a price that won't leave them broke. Pawdesh is currently studying jewelry design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and in her free time (free time? what free time?) she likes to go to museums and hang out with her friends.
In high School, Pawdesh was voted most likely to marry rich and divorce young.
Christina is not only the longest serving employee in the company, but has been the backbone of the organization since beginning her tenure here in 2010. She has not only been part of the many team changes and idealogy direction corrections, but she has been a fundamental part of our future by bringing in many junior writers that have gone on to be great writers in their own right. She is the mom that every writer needs and wants when they are making promises that they know they cannot keep. She is the nurse, when people get hurt and she is the angel when we need a miracle.. Christina is an asset that we could never replace and we value her accordingly.
Her best one-line ever: "Keep what you kill", written a long time before the Necromongers took it for their own.
The buck stops with JJ, who is a stand-up employee in the team. Every footnote and news source is guaranteed to be accurate when JJ is on the job. Two thousand word pieces are no problem for JJ to consume in a blink of an eye. JJ who even goes by the acronym "JJ "to save on time during editing and insisted that this bio be cut short for brevity. The end.
JJ's Daily Mantra: "Keep blasting through it all"
Barbara has a lot of professional talents, but her flair for fun keeps both the office and the employee social club alive with great ideas about where our next trip is likely to be. Barbara has been asked to not run up the company credit bill like she did for the last company Christmas party held at Cipriani on 42nd Street, but she is not showing any signs of slowing down with running up the tab! She is not only a great worker who is willing to lend a hand, but someone you can count on when, at 5PM, the client decides they want to change direction in the promotion of specific show or attraction. Barbara is the employee that gives her all and then some and we value every day of the work week. We love you Barbara, we don't want you to ever leave!
Barbara's Favorite Place in NYC. Burgers from Shake Shack on Eighth Avenue
Editors Note: How were these employee bios put together?
Writing employee bios is never fun, so we changed it up by asking everyone in the office to write about another employee. To make it fair, we drew names out of hat. It was a completely lucky break who got the boss and who got their peers. We then set to work writing a few lines about each other, trying not say anything too controversial.
To see yourself from someone else's perspective can be a challenging and eye-opening experience. It is amazing what other people see as your best or worst features and where you see yourself in the world of work, This project has not only brought the team closer, but help us understand each other a little bit better.