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#RothLife: Mike Mattson

Our #RothLife series features Coworkers in various roles across the country, giving a glimpse of who we are as a company, and what it looks like to be a champion of Roth’s culture. We recently chatted with Mike, an adventure-seeking brunch addict who was recently promoted to Business Solutions Manager at our Portland Ledgent branch.

Q: What do you do at Roth?

I’m a Business Solutions Manager for Ledgent Finance and Accounting. I get to spend my day talking to strangers (sorry mom) and hearing about their life stores. It’s incredible to hear so many of my neighbors share what makes them tick and how I can be a part of this chapter (and more!) in their lives.

Q: What do your friends and family think you do?

My Dad said “to connect qualified candidates to appropriate jobs” and my Mom said “You make people happy” Both are right in their own ways! My friends laughed and said they didn’t think I worked because I enjoyed my job so much.

Q: What is the best thing about your job?

Autonomy to be my own professional with an incredible safety net. One thing Roth Staffing does well is equip you with everything you need to be successful and catches you when you fall. From training, mentoring, and camaraderie, you learn a lot about professional business culture in this industry and that’s one of the many reasons I love my job!

Q: Before working at Roth, what was the most interesting job you’ve ever had?

I used to be a high adventure instructor! I taught people how to rock climb, raft, mountain board, ride horses, zip line, make shelters, light fire, total thrill seeker stuff.

Q: If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

“It was a good idea at the time.” It’d be a light-hearted chronicle of lessons learned and how I’ve grown as a person doomed to make more mistakes, but never repeat them.

Q: Do you have a personal mantra or motto?

It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice. When helping people in their career search, it’s easy to distance yourself from their struggles. But a little compassion goes a long way and nothing is more rewarding than helping a fellow human out.

Q: What did you want to be when growing up?

A park ranger until I meat this jerk called Ranger Dan. We were camping on Mt. Rainer and making s’mores with sticks we found next to our campsite. Well Ranger Dan informed us that we were not to disturb the natural foliage and made us toss our sticks into the fire. Meanie.

Q: What would people never guess you do in your role?

Just call me DJ MikeyMatt! I spin the tracks in the office, which is a lot more stressful than you may think! People have VERY different music opinions, especially about country.

Q: What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

Brunch. My friends call ourselves the Brunch Bunch and we travel around reviewing different brunch spots here in Portland. So really, I can’t live without my friends. Brunch is a nice perk though.

Q: What is the best advice you can give to somebody starting a new job at Roth?

Jump in with both feet! There are so many resources and great people ready to help you, why wouldn’t you take advantage of it? Roth tries so hard to make your experience as a Coworker remarkable, and it shows. Use everything at your disposal and have fun with it!

Q: What is your most overused phrase?

“GO COUGS!!!” I have a strong affinity for my Alma Mater, Washington State University. You might be able to tell by the shrine on my desk complete with Coach Mike Leach bobble head.

Q: What do you most admire about your Coworkers?

Acceptance. As a member of a minority, (LGBTQ specifically) I think it’s easy to hide in your shell and become a wallflower. I most admire my coworkers ability to support me as a growing professional while celebrating all of our differences creating a team that I can rely on when times get tough.