Employee Spotlight: Michael O’Connell
Michael O’Connell, Director, Sales
You know our products, you know our tech… but do you know the people behind it all? Step into our Q’mmunity Corner and learn who’s who with our employee spotlight series. Today we’re featuring Mike O’Connell, Director, Sales based in ownerIQ’s Chicago office.
What’s the first thing you do in the morning:
I guess it’s drink water. Hydrate. I usually check to make sure my kids are still sleeping and then get ready for my day. If they’re up, I’ll take advantage of some snuggle time and help out with their morning routine.
Take us through a typical day in the life of Mike:
Wake up, go through my morning routine to get ready. Coffee is involved at some point. Depending on what time I plan on getting into work, I might get some time with my kids. I read or listen to a podcast on the train (another AWL here, big fan of Pardon My Take). When I get into work I will usually chat with Brandon and Steve for a bit before tackling my to-do list and anything that needs immediate attention. I block out my time to tackle everything that I want to get done and have planned ahead the day before. Things change and I try to prioritize my tasks accordingly so that the most important items get handled first. I break up my day with walks and hopefully a workout. Train ride home tends to be similar to the morning commute. When I get home, it’s all about my kids. Unless there’s some pressing matter, I shut down until my kids are asleep. It’s only like 2 hours, but it matters that they get my undivided attention and I get to be goofy and fun without thinking about emails. After they knock out, I’ll sign on, make sure nothing is on fire, read anything I saved, finish any items I hadn’t crossed off of my list, and then relax with the wife. We usually watch TV, have a glass of wine, probably clean up a bit and prepare for the coming chaos of the next day. I read for minimum 30 mins before I go to sleep. I have since I was a kid.
You’re most productive when…
I’ve had bacon.
What’s a big project you are working on right now?
At work, it’s really trying to break into some of these smaller agencies who are winning large accounts, as well as expanding my reach within the big guys like Progressive and Safe Auto to ensure we’re a part of future plans and can be an asset in more ways than we already are. At home, it’s potty training. Yikes.
How many browser tabs do you have open at any given time?
About a million right now, but usually less depending on what I’m working on.
Your desk: messy or neat?
Messy. I try to stay neat and organized but it’s a struggle…
Lunch: bring or buy?
I always bring. I do not make healthy decisions when I buy lunches.
What’s your favorite perk at the Q?
The people. The answer is always the people. Free beer is great, but it’s even better when you get to crack one open with Jason Levine or Mike Doucette.
Music while you work: yes or no?
If yes, what’s on your shuffle?
I just listen to Carly Rae Jepsen “Cut To The Feeling” on repeat. All Day. Every Day.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Or a Marine Biologist. I was a big shark nerd. That seemed like a fun job…until I saw Jaws.
If money weren’t an object and you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
That answer varies, but if you ask me this question in February I will definitely say someplace warm and not Chicago. Someplace with GREAT FOOD and a nice mix of culture and outdoor activities.
You get around by: walking, driving, public transportation or a mix?
It used to be almost exclusively walking, but I recently made the move to the burbs, so now I am living that train life.
Tell us, mountain or beach?
I love them both. Each is great for unwinding in their own way. Both probably require me to apply copious amounts of sunscreen.
When you’re not here, where are you?
Typically, I am at home with my wife and kids, or off on some adventure with them.
If you have one then we’ve got to know… what’s your favorite Q Jay (Jay Habegger, CEO) moment?
Looking ahead – what most excites you most about 2019 and your work?
It’s less about “my work” and more about the people I get to work with, and “our work”. That is what excites me. I love partnering up with the amazing people at the Q and seeing what next big thing we can achieve. That and the chance to 3-peat as top rep in the company. I grew up in the 90’s in Chicago, so the Bulls were my religion. We love a good 3-peat here.