What's the AgencyBloc Team Doing in 2016?

January 15, 2016 in Life at AgencyBloc

2016 AgencyBloc Goals

AgencyBloc employees don't lack personality. That's for sure.

We're a goal-loving team (except Mike, apparently), and we love to share those goals with each other. We also all have passions and interests outside of work that we share as well. Check out what the team is going to be up to in the new year!


Adam Lewis AgencyBlocAdam Lewis
Partner

ChewyOne personal goal for myself in 2016 is... to schedule 'pockets of time' for certain things I want to see through... like my screenplay submission for Star Wars Episode VIII.

One professional goal for myself in 2016 is... to further my knowledge of the industry to keep ahead of what's coming.

I'm excited to be a part of the AgencyBloc team in 2016 because... we are a growing company that truly enjoys working together to bring technology to our clients and the greater industry.

The most fun thing I hope to do in 2016 is... to go camping and experience the great outdoors with my family!


Alec Mulvey AgencyBlocAlec Mulvey
Sales Intern

One personal goal for myself in 2016 is... to utilize my skills that I have developed through my experience here at AgencyBloc and move into a larger role with the sales team. We have a great sales/marketing team, and I am excited to be a part of it. I'm excited to see where this year takes me!

One professional goal for myself in 2016 is... to continue to better myself in regards to understanding potential customers' needs. I want to be able to relate to the person I'm talking to and really understand what they need in an agency management system. The last thing I want to do is speak with someone who would not be a good fit for our system and waste their time. 

Real PersonI'm excited to be a part of the AgencyBloc team in 2016 because... 2016 excites me as an intern because I may have the opportunity to finally be considered as a REAL person, not just an intern ;) I am surrounded by an amazing group of people, and I'm excited to be a part of that. This year will be one of the most important in my life, and being part of this team is a privilege that I am grateful for. 

The most fun thing I hope to do in 2016 is... Aside from graduating college, I am looking forward to a year full of golfing and fishing. I am looking to travel to the west coast sometime throughout the year now that I have the opportunity! The most fun I'm sure I'll have is enjoying time with my co-workers here at AgencyBloc and getting to know them even better!


Brett Petersen AgencyBlocBrett Petersen
Developer

Chandler ReadingOne personal goal for myself in 2016 is... to read more. I have a goal of 5 books. That may not sound like much to most but to me it's a good start since last year I read 0.

One professional goal for myself in 2016 is... to get my MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer) certification in web applications.

I'm excited to be a part of the AgencyBloc team in 2016 because... of the many product enhancements we have planned that will WOW our clients.

The most fun thing I hope to do in 2016 is... to go on our family vacation we are planning to take in October to Florida. It will include my entire family so lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins under one roof on the beach. It will include plenty of golf and relaxation. Can't wait!!!


Cory Schmidt AgencyBlocCory Schmidt
Chief Technology Officer

One personal goal for myself in 2016 is... to enjoy the moment and read more books.

Loud NoisesOne professional goal for myself in 2016 is... to filter out the noise of the workday and focus all my energy on what REALLY matters.

I'm excited to be a part of the AgencyBloc team in 2016 because... we'll be launching some really exciting product additions, all of which were requested by our clients!

The most fun thing I hope to do in 2016 is... visit the Lake of the Ozarks with family & friends.


Dave Kline AgencyBlocDave Kline
Sales Associate

One personal goal for myself in 2016 is... to lose 30 lbs.

One professional goal for myself in 2016 is... to beat whatever sales goals Adam sets.

I'm excited to be a part of the AgencyBloc team in 2016 because... the people here are great individuals, and as teammates I can always count on each to be engaged and supportive (except around 4:30 on Friday afternoon when Mike goes on the beer run). 

The most fun thing I hope to do in 2016 is... I lead a pretty routine life, but I certainty looking forward to our next visit to Amsterdam to see my grandson, my daughter & her boyfriend, and having several 5-star beers. Must be a theme there somewhere.  

dog drinking beer

Degin Muehling AgencyBlocDegin Muehling
Client Success Specialist

One personal goal for myself in 2016 is... to stop using words such as "like, um, uh, or any other forms of literation that seem redundant.

One professional goal for myself in 2016 is... to dedicate at least one hour daily on increasing or enhancing the expertise or the education that is relevant to my role.

I'm excited to be a part of the AgencyBloc team in 2016 because... this will be a big developmental and profitable year, and I want to be a contributing factor.

The most fun thing I hope to do in 2016 is... can't talk about it...stays in Vegas.

vegas

Erica Kiefer AgencyBlocErica Kiefer
VP of Sales & Marketing

One personal goal for myself in 2016 is... to not let fear be a decision making factor.

One professional goal for myself in 2016 is... make more intelligent decisions by pairing quantitative evidence with empathy.

I'm excited to be a part of the AgencyBloc team in 2016 because... we are on the exciting part of the upward growth curve!

The most fun thing I hope to do in 2016 is... continue to watch my kids learn and grow ... and maybe visit the ocean :-)

Vacation


Gary Marr AgencyBlocGary Marr
Client Success Specialist

One personal goal for myself in 2016 is... to get off the couch and be more physically active. Winning the lottery would be a close second goal.

Turn it offOne professional goal for myself in 2016 is... to become more efficient in communicating with clients. Listen to understand their need quicker, to ensure they receive the best experience.

I'm excited to be a part of the AgencyBloc team in 2016 because... of the team! We have a fun group and the culture of the team is really upbeat and positive. We have some great projects coming in 2016, and the openness and creativity of the team make it all work. Each opinion or suggestion is readily accepted.

The most fun thing I hope to do in 2016 is... to travel! I love getting away, even if it's a weekend trip or a day drive. To get away from the "norm" is always fun for me. Ask me at the end of 2016, I may have a better result!


Greg Engelkes AgencyBlocGreg Engelkes
Developer

Dad BodOne personal goal for myself in 2016 is... to get back to being more active and shed the 'Dad Bod'. Exposing our kids to healthy activities and sports would be fun, and it would give the whole family a reason to get out and do more.

One professional goal for myself in 2016 is... to continue growing my skills. Not just in terms of development, but also in terms of assisting our development team in any way that is necessary. Looking into new ways that I could be of assistance would really help me achieve this goal.

I'm excited to be a part of the AgencyBloc team in 2016 because... we are constantly growing as a team, and our product is always growing. Whether it is new staff member or a brand new piece of functionality for our software, we are always working towards creating something great!

The most fun thing I hope to do in 2016 is... just spending time with family. Taking trips to exciting destinations and allowing our kids to experience new things together as a family is something I always enjoyed as a kid.


Jen Warne AgencyBlocJen Warne
Product Manager

One personal goal for myself in 2016 is... Hmm, it's hard to narrow this down to one goal. Here are the two at top of mind for me today: 1) I would like to run a few 5ks and 2) completely read all of the books that my book club chooses to read.

One professional goal for myself in 2016 is... to reread "Rework" by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson, finish reading "Badass: Making Users Awesome" by Kathy Sierra and applying their wise advice to my product management discipline. Also, I would love to spend some time with other product managers (maybe even at the Mind the Product conference...hint, hint, hint...Cory & Adam).

I'm excited to be a part of the AgencyBloc team in 2016 because... I know our 2016 product roadmap will help agencies kick butt.

Paddle boardingThe most fun thing I hope to do in 2016 is... Our National Park Service turns 100 this year, so I hope to visit a few of our national outdoor treasures. I wouldn't mind trying paddle-boarding too; it looks like it would be a ton of fun.


Josh Crain AgencyBlocJosh Crain
UI Designer

One personal goal for myself in 2016 is... to spend more time with family.

One professional goal for myself in 2016 is... to set aside time each week to learn something new.

Painting

I'm excited to be a part of the AgencyBloc team in 2016 because... of what we are working on for our clients!

The most fun thing I hope to do in 2016 is... to paint more.


Kellie Robbins AgencyBlocKellie Robbins
Sales Associate

Cats fitnessOne personal goal for myself in 2016 is... My husband, Matt, and I set some fitness goals for ourselves. I won't bore you with the details...LOL!

One professional goal for myself in 2016 is... to hit our sales goals and increase my business acumen in selling SaaS software.

I'm excited to be a part of the AgencyBloc team in 2016 because... we are on focused on understanding the needs of our clients and dedicated to helping them transform their business with our software! It amazing to see what this team is capable of!

The most fun thing I hope to do in 2016 is... family vacation to Mexico and enjoying time at the river with my girls and family.


Kelsey Rosauer AgencyBlocKelsey Rosauer
Marketing Brand Specialist

One personal goal for myself in 2016 is... to slow down and live in the moment. I know, I know—how cliche of me.

One professional goal for myself in 2016 is... to create pieces of content that have so much value, they spark action.

Beer dogsI'm excited to be a part of the AgencyBloc team in 2016 because... who wouldn't be?! We're a fun, beer-loving group (minus Greg) who also have a passion for truly making insurance agencies' lives easier. We have some really exciting things up our sleeves for 2016.

The most fun thing I hope to do in 2016 is... to watch two of my best friends get married. My husband and I have 6 weddings to go to this summer so far—looks like lots of new dresses in my future! Don't tell Nick...


Michael Foley AgencyBlocMichael Foley
Sales Intern

Snack RoomOne personal goal for myself in 2016 is... to eat healthier foods and stay away from the snack table in the break room 

One professional goal for myself in 2016 is... to graduate from college and start a career.

I'm excited to be a part of the AgencyBloc team in 2016 because... it is going to be the best year yet!

The most fun thing I hope to do in 2016 is... to travel to new places.


Mike Ivory AgencyBlocMike Ivory
Marketing Operations Specialist

Live in the nowOne personal goal for myself in 2016 is... to spend more time on my passions, hobbies, etc. Although, I'm actually not a huge goals person, I kind of like this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: "With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now." Rather than setting concrete goals, I have flexible ideas of where I want to be, things I want to do, etc.

One professional goal for myself in 2016 is... to maximize efficiencies across the marketing and sales teams and create an even more "well-oiled machine" (again, a flexible idea that could mean a lot of different things and go a lot of different ways).

I'm excited to be a part of the AgencyBloc team in 2016 because... 2015 was huge and 2016 will be even bigger. I know we're about to take a lot of big leaps this year, and it's going to be an exciting thing to be part of! Not to mention, working here is fun - does it get better than that?!

The most fun thing I hope to do in 2016 is... well since I didn't win the mega-lottery, a lot of my plans have been postponed. But for real, there are a lot of fun things I'm looking forward to in 2016: trips, friends' weddings, family gatherings, etc. But I have fun in one way or another every day, so there's that!


Quentin Dietrich AgencyBlocQuentin Dietrich
Product Experience Analyst

One personal goal for myself in 2016 is... to read and write more. I took a break from regular reading and writing due to the craziness of life and want get back into it for 2016.

One professional goal for myself in 2016 is... to continue growing a group devoted to user experience (UX) in the Central Iowa area. We host monthly gatherings for design and software professionals. I hope we can continue to expand our reach while we help people grow in UX!

I'm excited to be a part of the AgencyBloc team in 2016 because... AgencyBloc continues to grow, and I can't wait to see how we continue to grow and help serve our clients!

Minion guitarThe most fun thing I hope to do in 2016 is... watching my adorable year and a half old daughter grow and explore the world around her. It is so much fun to watch her learn and take in everything. Also, I recently acquired a killer guitar amp and am looking forward cranking it up!


Tasha Fitzgerald AgencyBlocTasha Fitzgerald
Client Success Specialist

It's a messOne personal goal for myself in 2016 is... I WILL get my house organized! Three piles: Keep It, Throw It, Donate it!

One professional goal for myself in 2016 is... to be more proactive on various projects, both internally as a part of our team and externally for our agencies.  

I'm excited to be a part of the AgencyBloc team in 2016 because... there is no telling what we will accomplish this year. There are so many things that have been planned and discussed; it is going to be so exciting to see them come to life!  

The most fun thing I hope to do in 2016 is... After much planning (and saving!), we are taking a family vacation in February: Disney World and a Disney Cruise. Can't wait to leave the Iowa winter for some tropical weather!


Tori Heerts AgencyBlocTori Heerts
Client Success Specialist

Back to bedOne personal goal for myself in 2016 is... to improve my morning routine to promote productiveness and well-being.

One professional goal for myself in 2016 is... to continue my growth and education within AgencyBloc to ensure customer success and provide superior support.

I'm excited to be a part of the AgencyBloc team in 2016 because... I appreciate the company culture and comradery. 

The most fun thing I hope to do in 2016 is... enjoying warm weather!


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