Staff Spotlight: Stephanie Bartenope, Director of Corporate Development and Strategy

February 15, 2018 by Sam Puckett

It’s time for another spotlight on a member of our amazing staff here at Spatial Networks!

So far, you’ve mostly met guys who work on the platform itself and/or directly with our customers (Bryan, Alex, Jason, and Joe).

Since we are poised for significant growth this year, we thought it was a good time to feature one of the people who will be spearheading that expansion: our Director of Corporate Development and Strategy, Stephanie Bartenope!

Staff Spotlight: Stephanie Bartenope

Tell us a bit about your background and how you got into this industry.

I was born outside of Houston, Texas in a small town called Deer Park, but moved to Florida in 1992.

When I graduated from Florida State University with my Master’s degree, I thought I wanted to work in advertising. After several interviews and many late night soul-searching sessions, I realized that advertising wasn’t the field for me (frankly, I wasn’t that great at it) and that what I really wanted was a career helping people and organizations grow.

I applied for and was offered a job at Target as an Executive Team Lead of Human Resources in Daphne, Alabama. I loved my role with Target, but I often found myself bored and more intrigued in the operations side of the business. I was always curious about how the executives got to all those numbers they always talked about in morning huddles or team meetings. How did they figure out their sales goals and how to achieve them? At the time I didn’t know the answers, but I wanted to ― so I started being nosy and asking a lot of questions.

I eventually moved on from Target and worked in a higher level store executive/operations capacity with larger and larger retail stores until I couldn’t take the nights, weekends and holidays anymore. I wanted my life back, and I was determined to get out of retail! So I updated my resume and made it my life’s mission to find my career… my calling.

In September 2013, I saw a posting for an Executive Assistant/Human Resource Manager for this super cool geospatial technology company (Spatial Networks). After reviewing the job description, reading the desired qualifications, and messing around with Fulcrum, I knew I wanted to be part of this team ― I didn’t care that I was taking a risk and that it would be a step down in my career.

Long story short: I was offered the job. The rest, as they say, is history.

What does your job entail?

I’ve held many roles since starting with SNI in 2013, from coffee barista to travel planner to executive assistant to senior director of HR and everything in between. But the best way to illustrate what my responsibilities have been since joining this team is by pointing out that I was recently awarded the highly coveted “Swiss Army Knife Award” for being the most useful all-around employee at SNI’s last “All-Hands” awards ceremony.

In my current position as Director of Corporate Development and Strategy, I am involved in cross-functional enterprise activities that help ensure internal business functions are aligned with the overall corporate strategy. Some of my responsibilities include leading the development of Spatial Networks’ overall corporate strategy and staying current on industry standards, competitive landscapes, and internal product development efforts. In a nutshell, being the Director of Corporate Development and Strategy means having a big toolbox of duties, and never being afraid to dig deep and get into the thick of things.

In a nutshell, think of SNI as being like a large ship. My job is to help our CEO determine the best course for the company to take, then help navigate to keep it on that course.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Depends on the day, really.

I’m not really a morning person, but when the alarm goes off during the week I just do like everyone else does and prepare to attack the day. The weekends are a little different, though: I typically like to sleep in a little late, get up, have some coffee and breakfast, then I usually plan something that involves being outside in the sun.

Whether it’s taking a ride with my husband on his Harley or going to the beach or just lounging by the pool, I can usually be found relaxing and enjoying life.

Staff Spotlight: Stephanie and Family

What’s the most rewarding (or challenging) part of your job?

Most rewarding: Being able to work with some of the most amazing and intelligent professionals in the industry. It amazes me how smart, creative, and talented our team is, while at the same time being friendly and totally approachable.

Most challenging: Finding candidates that not only share our values, vision, and commitment to excellence, but can also merge seamlessly into our SNI family. It’s not as easy as you might think.

Can you talk a bit about SNI’s plans for 2018 in terms of growing the team?

Spatial Networks has plans to double in size in 2018, which is a large order for our HR team and we are committed to executing it. We just onboarded six new employees in January, which is very exciting. We are always looking for top talent to help support our mission and have many diverse positions available. We are constantly updating our website with new positions, so check out our careers page often.

What are you looking for in a job candidate?

Like I mentioned before, the right candidate must share our core values, vision, and commitment to excellence. But just as important, the right candidate must have integrity. Each and every SNI team member relies on other members to perform to the utmost of their abilities. We are all expected to do what we need to do, when we need to do it, and to ensure that whatever we’re doing is held to the highest standards.

What do you do outside of work?

It’s no secret that I’m a self-proclaimed foodie. I enjoy dining at gourmet restaurants with my husband as much as I do staying at home and creating restaurant-quality meals for my family.

We also love visiting local breweries and “sampling” the many incredible craft beers that Florida has to offer.

What is something people might be surprised to hear about you?

Someday I will start a food truck business. Other than having a passion for food, I can’t really explain why I would like to take that passion on the road to drive around and serve people my food… but it sure sounds fun.

Want to join our team? Apply on our Careers page today!

Sam

About the author

Sam is the content marketing specialist at Spatial Networks, where she works with the team to bring product and industry news to Fulcrum customers.

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