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Name: Connor Bouthot
Title: Business Development Representative
Where did you grow up? West Hartford & Avon, CT
Two truths & a lie:
1. I was #2 in the world in the NHL11 video game in 2010
2. I competed in and won multiple regional and national a cappella competitions from 2009-2015
3. I created three plastic prototypes of a dental product invention in 2015
Lie: #2. I sang a cappella and competed from 2009-2011, but we never won!
What have you learned in your time at BlueConic – about startups, about your role, about your team, about yourself?
A: I’ve learned a ton. It’s important to grow with the company and know what is going on in all areas of the business to stay involved. But at the same time, it is just as important to stay focused on your job and your team’s goals. I think balancing that is something that I have learned to do – as staying involved and up-to-date in those various parts of the company is something that really drives my passion for BlueConic.
What has challenged you the most? How did you deal (or are you dealing) with that challenge?
A: One of the biggest challenges is resisting the urge to sing along to every 90’s summer jam that comes on the jukebox. I feel bad for the BlueCrew, but if you asked them how I’m handling this challenge, I’m not sure they’d say I was effectively controlling the urge to sing.
If you could change one thing about your time here so far, what would it be?
A: There isn’t much I would change about my time at BlueConic. I might go back in time and tell myself to always trust in my abilities at every step of the way like my supervisors have. We are very lucky to have that kind of support.
My boss even supports photobombing my headshot
What’s your advice to the newest members of the Crew (if you’ve been here) OR what was your acclimation to BlueConic like (for the newer folks)?
A: Come in every day and ask yourself “What can I do to help BlueConic today?” This attitude will help you succeed and become an integral part of our team. In doing this, you will find that BlueConic has much to give back to you as well.
Why are you at BlueConic – what was it about your interview that you remember and made you want to be here? What keeps you here?
A: I remember smiling and laughing so much that my face hurt after I left my interview. The energy and passion that Kevin, Cory, and Bart all brought was infectious and I knew immediately that this was the right company. It’s that same passion that keeps me here.
In the near and middle term, what are you focused on? What would you like to do that you aren’t or haven’t been able to do?
A: I want to get to the point where I am exceeding, even doubling, the set expectations and quotas we are given in the long term. Short term, I try to get better on the phone every day, whether it is a first call or a closing call.
What would others be surprised to learn about BC/your job?
A: At one point not too long ago the sales team was just three of us…not including the Director of Business Development!
If you could switch roles with anyone else in the company for a day, whose job would you choose and why?
A: Bart, he probably has the hardest job here but does it with a smile
A: 3 Maki Combo – Spicy Tuna, Spicy Salmon, and California
Favorite sports team:
A: Bruins, of course!
A: “Wherever you go, go with all your heart” – Confucius
Favored piece of furniture in the office:
A: My motorized desk is sweet.
What is something on your bucket list?
A: Be a part of an IPO
Favorite Spotify playlist at work:
A: I prefer Pandora’s “Summer Hits of the 90’s” playlist.
What did you want to grow up to be when you were younger?
A: Professional hockey player or entrepreneur.