Get to know a few of the Valore Partners Consultants
I’m the CRM practice lead here at Valore have been with the company for nine years. I worked with Jeremy and Bert, and others from previous companies. When they started Valore Partners, I followed them.
I’ve worked on far too many clients to make a list, but one of the most interesting and challenging projects was for a national home builder who wanted an on premise solution. We did a Proof of Concept for them and then went in and got them up and running. This included migrating all data (25-30 million data records) along with customization, so it was no small task. At the project’s peak we must have had 7 or 8 consultants on-site.
One of the nice things about this company is that we have experts in multiple practices. When we have technical challenges with infrastructure, database needs or reporting needs, we have guys totally specialized in these areas. It makes it better for our team because even if we come in for CRM, we can end up solving other business challenges using.Net development and BI. That being said, Valore Partners is also very supportive in regards to providing the training and tools needed to improve our skills such as providing paid certifications as well as various courses/workshops that help us stay current.
I see myself here many years from now because I love the company and how they treat us. I’ve never been tempted to look in to any other company because I appreciate the relationships I have here and how they’ve taken care of me and my family. I feel a great loyalty to Valore Partners and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
Paul has been with Valore Partners since November 2006
I am a Consultant with the Custom Enterprise Development Team. When I’m not working, you’ll find me surrounded by friends and family, riding my Harley or off traveling somewhere with my girlfriend.
I joined Valore Partners specifically for the variety that the Consulting world offers. Projects differ not only in physical location, scope and specific technologies used, but also by industry and vertical. It’s the best way that I’ve found for a developer like myself to gain an incredible amount of experience very quickly.
So far, I’ve found that the key skill set that someone needs to be successful in Consulting is flexibility. You need to be the type of person that willing to pivot from one direction to the next, while still maintaining a high standard of work. We are constantly aligning and re-aligning our goals with different groups and key stakeholders within both our own company and the client’s company.
Some of the major differences between Consulting and traditional enterprise jobs is time management and critical thinking. In my previous roles, we were assigned a growing list of tasks and every day we’d simply chip away at them. Now when we are given a new task by the client, we have to think critically about the accuracy/relevancy of this task, the time allotment and whether it can be finished on time, end goal priorities and so on. It’s definitely more organized and structured in that respect.
I truly can’t see myself wanting to move into any other industry or work for another company. My colleagues are like family, the management is fair and transparent, the projects we work on are exciting and challenging, the work/life balance is perfect—not sure what else I could ask for.
Michael has been with Valore Partners since March 2017, and he won Consultant of the Year for 2017!
When I was looking for a new role, Valore Partners really stood out to me. I was interviewing with other consulting firms at the time, but I really liked VP’s employee-centric mindset. It’s clear that they want to empower their employees to do a good job. I’m a total over-achiever and pride myself on doing my job well, so this works perfectly for me. Now that I’ve worked with several members of the team, I can tell you one thing for sure—Valore Partners team members are FUN! I really enjoy working here. Everyone is team-oriented and encouraging. We celebrate and recognize our wins as a company, even though everyone is spread out on different projects throughout the valley. We get together about once a month for company happy hours too, which is a nice way to stay connected and meet new team members.
Even though I love what I do, work/life balance is very important to me and Valore Partners supports us in keeping that balance. Sometimes I’m deep in the zone and lose track of time, but the team members I work with always remind that it can wait until tomorrow.
One of the things I love about Consulting is that clients are happy to tap into all of your unique skills. In addition to development work, I’ve also been able to help out one of my clients with some UI design work, which I was thrilled about. In terms of challenges, I’d say the toughest part of the job is keeping up with the changes in technology. As a Consultant, it’s important that you’re able to pick up and learn new technologies quickly. I’ve learned that its best to expect that on any new project you will have to dedicate some time to learning new skills. If you expect it every time, you’re not surprised when it happens. But, I like this aspect of the job. It keeps me motivated to stay up to date. Valore Partners supports the Consultants in this respect too. They’ll reimburse you for all of your Pluralsight courses and Microsoft Certifications. If you have any questions, there’s always someone who can help on the team via Yammer, Skype, email or phone calls! Everyone is very responsive and helpful.
For anyone interested in Consulting, you need to ask yourself if you’d be comfortable in a customer facing role. Having a “customer service” mindset is key. You need to keep in mind at all times that you are representing Valore Partners and you’re on assignment to add value for your customers. Communication is also extremely important. So if you’re a highly introverted person, you might not enjoy this part of the job as much. Personally, I’m always eager to refer my friends to Valore Partners if I think they’d be a good fit. I love my job, so I’m happy to tell people my story.
Karen has been with Valore Partners since August 2011
I am a Senior Consultant with Valore Partners working in the Microsoft Business Intelligence Stack. From a young age I’ve always loved to create. Whether it’s sewing, crocheting, quilting, cross-stitching etc., I love it all. I’m currently finishing up my B.Sc in Business Intelligence and if that doesn’t keep me busy enough, I also love to travel.
When I joined Valore Partners, I’d already worked in the Consulting field, gone back to Enterprise and then came back full circle to Consulting again. I chose this position based on the long-standing reputation of Valore Partners/Statera Southwest. I previously worked side by side with a number of Valore Partners employees when I worked on another contract, so I knew the firm. After speaking with Jeremy and Patrick about what the job was all about and discussing with them what I was looking for in an employer and role, there was an obvious synergy. Since joining the firm, it’s clear I made the right choice. I love that everyone is so collaborative and willing to help. Technical people, in general, can sometimes be a bit…prickly, and egos can get in the way of great work. But you just don’t find that at VP! Everyone interacts from the position that “we’re all on the same team”. Very refreshing.
What I enjoy most about Consulting is really the aspect of problem-solving. In almost every case, you’ll get on-site with your client and realize that the scope of the project needs to be adapted. Either they aren’t ready for you or what they want isn’t actually going to solve the problem they are having etc. After all, if they’ve hired a Consultant, they need help. I’ve figured out that the best way to overcome this is to do small proof of concepts. I try not to tell them no, but instead, show them that the direction they are going may cause problems and suggest a way that might be easier. As a Consultant you need to learn tact and how to save face to get the best results.
The good thing is, both my fellow consultants and the Senior Management team are really supportive. They know the realities of the job and are always ready to step in and help where they can. There’s always information being shared throughout the firm in the form of Yammer messages, lunch and learn events or workshops that help us to keep our skills sharp.
For me though, the most impressive thing about Valore Partners is support of work/life balance. When I was new to the firm, I had a family medical emergency and I had to take time off. Several members of the Senior Management team reached out to me and assured me that I could take all the time off I needed, no questions asked. Being that I was new to the firm, this was such a weight off my shoulders. To me, this just shows that the VP team will support you with not just work stuff, but life stuff too.
If you’re interested in working as a Valore Partners Consultant, I think you need to be able to adapt quickly, think outside the box and enjoy change. You need to be able to be humble enough to challenge the standards you’ve been taught and willing to reimagine different ways of making something work. It’s not a job for everyone, but anyone who I think could excel here would certainly get a recommendation from me. I can’t imagine doing anything else!
Stephanie has been with Valore Partners since August 2011
Trust is key for me here at Valore Partners. I trust management and I trust the people that I work with. I’ve gone from being a junior level employee to a Principal Consultant. I’ve had great guidance and now have been given the opportunity to show others the ropes. I have huge trust in the people at Valore.
Another important factor is flexibility. I’ve had a few emergencies over the years, which happens when you have four kids. The community at VP understands this, and I’ve never felt stressed because I needed to take care of something personal. I never have to choose work or my life and that’s awesome. It’s unusual in a lot of places but something clear for me here.
Valore Partners is good at taking fire drills and turning them into growth and relationship building opportunities. For example, say I start a project and realize that I can’t finish what I thought I’d be able to do. I don’t panic. I simply bring it to the team and we work together to find the best solution for the client. Stuff happens. We find the solution, and learn from it so we can do better next time. This is an important part of the culture of the company.
I’m always referring the great people that I meet in the industry to Valore Partners because I trust that their experience will be as great as mine has been.
Shane has been with Valore Partners since October 2013
I am passionate about technology and love working in consulting. Over the last 25 years, I’ve worked with a number of similar firms and VP is by far the best place to work. I’m surrounded by such a high level of talent here.
I work in the Custom Enterprise Development team, so I get a lot of the exciting projects. One especially unique and impactful project was for a large utility company here in the Valley. Especially with the drought in the news, water delivery and routing here in Arizona is important. We wrote a system to measure consumption and automate delivery, bringing together several systems and a front end responsive UI to simplify the process.
When I started with VP, I was a strong developer before coming here with very a specialized skillset. Since then, I’ve become more of an architect. Clients want thought leadership and system design, in addition to development and VP has given me the opportunity to grow more into this role.
At Valore Partners, we control and resolve tense situations. In many cases as Consultants, we are brought into a client specifically due to an emergency situation. If a client has missed a delivery date, for example, I may be brought in to assess the problem and get them across the finish line. The great thing is that I have a full team behind me at VP that I can rely on if I need assistance.
Whether it’s technical, systems or managerial, we have each others’ backs.
Cory has been with Valore Partners since September 2009
I’m the Collaboration Practice Lead at Valore Partners. My background before coming here was also as a consultant. Right now I’m working on a custom web development project on Azure, with SQL Server and Power BI. My strengths are Sharepoint, Workflow and Power BI.
I was attracted to Valore Partners for the community, I appreciate the way they encourage teams to get together outside of client sites or the offices. I haven’t worked with everyone here, but almost everyone! We are a very professional group and everyone really knows their stuff. If the path is clear, they’ll get it done. If they don’t, they’ll ask questions. You can count on colleagues here to get it done, they are reliable. No one has ever dropped the ball on me.
I find our work satisfying. Technology wise, you can easily overcome challenges by taking a different approach or digging a little deeper. Other challenges we encounter are political or bureaucratic and as consultants, we sometimes add the role of counselor to our toolbelt.
Outside of my professional life and staying out of the heat, I RV a lot with the family. Fun outdoors like fishing, biking, and kayaking.
Melissa has been with Valore Partners since May 2008.
I’ve been with Valore Partners for nearly seven years. Beforehand, I was with a different firm that would not move me away from .NET work as I became more proficient with BI. My work deals primarily with SQL, primarily Power BI Azure Analysis services. SSIS is probably my strongest since I’ve done that the most.
I’ve had some great projects that make my work exciting. I led a project working with a major hospital network to build a customized tool to give physicians and administrators a way to provide better care for their patients based on metrics and accountability. The project also required a complicated reporting capability for the Shared Savings model of Affordable Care Organizations.
At Valore Partners, challenge comes with the job but we get the chance to stay current with evolving technology. I have the opportunity to go to classes and trainings and re-certify myself whenever it’s necessary. I’ve helped ramp up the BI practice here as a Principal Consultant and get to work extensively in Power BI, an emerging technology.
I’m a parent. I have a 3-year-old daughter. I like to play softball. The work life balance here is good, the people here know me but also know my family.
Mitch has been with Valore Partners since February 2011
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