This post was written by Sarah Ghessie, operations manager for Social Tables.
Why Do We Have a Tabler of the Week?
We periodically interview one of our amazing co-workers to highlight on our culture blog. A great culture is 100% about the people that drive it. We come from different places, backgrounds, and experiences and all add a lot of spice to this workplace.
This week, we decided there were two Tablers equally deserving of this award, so we have profiled each of them in a special dual-Tabler of the week post below!
Tabler of the Week: Erica Baumgartner
- Tabler Since: January 26, 2015
- Hails From: Silver Spring, MD
- Proud Alumni Of: Boston University #LadyTerriers
What is your role at Social Tables? I am a Senior Customer Advocate here who works specifically with hotels. It is my job to make sure that when a customer buys Social Tables that their account is set up correctly. I then train all of the users associated with that account on how to use Social Tables. My mission is to not only make sure everyone knows how to use Social Tables, but LOVES using it!
What were you doing before you came to Social Tables? I worked in hotels, in both operations and in the sales office. I worked for a luxury brand, the Four Seasons and for a mid scale Interstate Hotel, so I got a wide variety of experience!
What do you like to do outside of work? I absolutely love to cook. I also hail from the F&B world so I was exposed to a lot of really nice wine. I no longer have access to nice wine, but spend a lot of time reading wine blogs to keep up with “what’s in”. I have also always been really active (I played lacrosse at Boston University). While I detest lifting, I do enjoy running and recently finished my first half marathon!
Talk about your favorite Core Value: High Quality is my favorite core value. I have always worked hard to get results and expect the same from the people around me. Working in an environment where my colleagues are working just as hard as I am to achieve the same goals is exactly the type of place I want to be proud to call “work”. Not to mention, we have fun 🙂
Talk about your favorite Social Tables event: The Chiavaris this past June. What a great weekend where we got to celebrate one another. I have always enjoyed seeing others succeed and love seeing them recognized for their hard work & dedication! We kicked off the weekend at our weekly happy hour on the roof where the Chiavari committee read off a superlative for every single tabler (there were 87 of us at the time!) then had an amazing party at Policy then next day. Overall, an epic weekend that epitomized Social Tables as a company.
What makes you weird? I talk to myself a lot, will whisper sing, have really dorky tendencies, love to read “fantasy-land” literature (harry potter, game of thrones, outlander, chronicles of narnia, etc.), sleep without a pillow on my back like a mummy and will go through phases with food. For example, every night my junior and senior year of college I would eat a nature valley oats & honey granola bar, dipped in milk from my cat mug, but have not had it since the night I became “over it”. Most recently, Cava & Royal Pad Thai were short stints I went through.
Cheers from Peers: “I love listening to your calls! They are like waterfalls of beautiful music muffling the sound of you cracking a whip. Simply delightful!”
Tabler of the Week: Jeff Hornstein
- Tabler Since: June 2014
- Hails From: Baltimore, MD
- Proud Alumni Of: University of Maryland
What is your role at Social Tables? As the Business Development Team Lead, I am the on the field captain for our Business Development team. I am in charge of outreach for our Enterprise leads (potential Enterprise customers).
What were you doing before you came to Social Tables? I came to Social Tables three weeks after I graduated college!
What do you like to do outside of work? I love the DC music scene, going out with friends, watching live sports, and seeing all that DC has to offer.
Talk about your favorite Core Value: Be outrageous. I’m a naturally outrageous person. I thrive in controlled chaos and for the Business Development team it is crucial to be able to have a very outrageous team vibe.
Talk about your favorite Social Tables event: The [Series A] Closing Dinner was really special for me. It was amazing to be able to celebrate such a crazy achievement. The entire company was so excited to celebrate with people that who are not only coworkers but also friends. It was something I had never experienced before.
What makes you weird? I hate cream cheese, pineapple, and icing.
Cheers from Peers: “Your promotion was SO deserved! You are such an incredible person to work with, and I love your passion for everything you do. Here’s to MANY more successful relationship you line up with killer hotels!!”