We love to showcase the awesome people who work here at 729 Solutions because they are more than just great employees – they are creative and interesting people! Today we spoke with Alicia, a 729er who specializes in Project Management for our largest partnership with Zendesk. On our Professional Services team, Alicia works with both clients and internal teams to determine project requirements and the best way to get it done within predefined timelines and budgets.
Alicia lives in Portland, Oregon – and while she is one of our newest additions to the 729 team, her worth has proven itself in the many successful projects she’s already completed.
Tell us more!
We asked Alicia to answer a few questions for us. Here are her thoughtful responses.
What do you like about working for 729?
I like the team I work with here—they’re all great people, and we have a lot of fun while still getting the job done.
What are your hobbies?
I love fashion, costumes, and live music, so I often attend conventions and concerts with my wife (or used to before COVID-19, anyway…). I also play some ill-advised video games, like League of Legends and Arknights. I even bought myself roller skates to give myself something new to do during quarantine!
What are you doing to entertain yourself during COVID-19 Stay at Home orders?
My wife and I have been exploring new television shows and doing lots of small home improvement projects to settle into our new apartment. With Halloween almost here, that has recently involved a lot of lights, spiderwebs, and spooky decorations.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Whenever you’re drafting an email, never add the recipients until the very end.
What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars?
Come in with an eye for problem-solving. We’re always doing our best to find the right solution for the best outcome, and that doesn’t always involve doing what we’ve always done before. Know your stuff, but be ready to innovate.
Cats or dogs?
I grew up with cats and dogs, and I loved our Doberman and German Shepherd dearly, but I have definitely become more of a cat person over the years. My wife brought her cat Artemis into our relationship, and I love our fluffy princess dearly (despite all the white fur she leaves everywhere).
My favorite word in the English language is [INSERT WORD], because [COMPLETE SENTENCE].
I think “idyllic” is one of my favorite English words, just because the sound and the meaning feel so in sync with each other.
My favorite word in another language is [INSERT WORD], because [COMPLETE SENTENCE].
Japanese is the language in which I am second most proficient after English, and I love wasei-eigo (Japanese-style English, or pseudo-Anglicisms, if you will). My favorite example of wasei-eigo is an old-fashioned word that’s kind of fallen out of favor, but it’s so clever: nomyunication. It’s a portmanteau of “nomu” (to drink) and the English word “communication,” referring to the way alcohol acts as a social lubricant!
What’s the most inspiring part of your job?
Getting to work with our clients as their projects come to fruition. I love helping people, and it’s awesome to see clients get excited about the new functions and workflows they’re going to be able to use to make their work better.
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?
Being able to change appearance like Mystique from the X-Men comics would be awesome. Didn’t wear the right outfit? Fixed. Feel like trying out pink hair for a minute or wonder what you’d look like with freckles? Done. Just endless entertainment and opportunity.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Growing up in the era of Nintendo, I always really wanted to work in video game localization, helping to bring Japanese games to the US. Good localization is what makes something foreign feel accessible, familiar, and fun to a new audience — it’s like being able to share your favorite media with someone who wouldn’t be able to appreciate it otherwise.
If you were a pasta shape, what shape would you be and why?
Cavatappi, because it’s the best shape for macaroni and cheese.
Is there anything else you’d like the world to know about you?
I love music! Prog rock, melodic death metal, K-pop, synthwave — there’s a lot I like. I used to be a drummer, though, and I love hearing an unusual or odd-meter time signature. 7/4 or 13/8? Swoon.
“Whenever you’re drafting an email, never add the recipients until the very end.”
Alicia - Project Manager, 729 Solutions