It’s really hard to explain because it’s different every day. In broad terms, my team and I are in charge of the financial health and well-being of the company.
How do we do that? Well, it stretches across a number of things. Our team handles the basic blocking and tackling of accounting, financial planning and analysis, budgeting, thinking about treasury and what we are going to do with cash – do we need to take out a loan, should we consider a new partner like JMI Equity, etc. And, our team also handles risk management with insurance, employee relations, employee benefits, and everything that goes along with Human Resources. There’s a lot of moving pieces.
It can be pretty overwhelming at times, but my dad always used to tell me: Figure out what you’re not very good at and go get someone that is much better than you to fill that role. I feel like I’m pretty good at telling people, “Hey man, I really suck at XYZ.” I try to be aware of what I’m not great at, and I’m more than happy to find a rockstar to fill that gap because I know me, you, or any other person doesn’t scale. The only way to scale is by creating awesome teams that can help the whole company scale.
Thankfully, I already had an awesome team in place when I arrived on the scene. The only thing I had to do was talk with Billy, the Board, and our Controller, Miriam Migdal, to figure out where else we needed help, and then we could go out and hire some more folks.
To have the ability to be able to hire people and build a team is a blessing, and it’s really fun because you feel like you’re contributing and doing something that’s never been done before.