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#RothLife: Sonya Westerman

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.

Meet Sonya, our Director of Strategic Solutions. Despite her sometimes crazy schedule, she recently took the time to chat with us about her day-to-day, the wild backstage parties of her former life, and the one thing (or things) she can’t live without!

Q: What do you do at Roth?

Director, Strategic Solutions. I spend my day talking to companies about the makeup of their whole Workforce, identifying any gaps they may have in their Contingent Program, their Direct Workforce, or 1099 contractors, consultants, freelancers or whoever they have working with or for them. My focus is on creating, developing and implementing Total Talent Workforce Solutions for local, regional or large national enterprise companies.

Q: What do your friends and family think you do?
Some friends think I’m a recruiter, my Dad thinks I help companies solve their employee problems, and my husband thinks I talk all day.

Q: What does a typical day look like for you?

The great thing about my job is each day is different. Sure, it starts off the same way with a trip to Starbucks for coffee, but then it’s typically phone calls, meetings, lots of listening, more phone calls, emails and more phone calls.

Q: What is the best thing about your job?

That every day is different. I like learning about different companies and how they operate.  I love meeting new people. I love being able to present a solution to a client that I know is exactly what they are looking for to fix their workforce challenge. And I love the people I work with; we have a lot of great coworkers at this company that I really enjoy being around.

Q: What do you find most challenging about your role?

Keeping up with my email inbox and finding new creative approaches to connect with people.

Q: What is something your Coworkers might not know about you?

I have a daughter. She is a 3-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog. I used to be one of those people who thought it was weird when people referred to themselves as Mummy or Daddy to their pets. Well, guess what—that’s me now; I’m officially a weirdo.

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

I worked in Television for about 10 years. I started out in the Accounting Department, then worked in the news rooms, helped write the weather reports, was a Director’s Assistant for live News broadcasts, then went into the Sales Department where I sold TV airtime and created TV ad campaigns. A big part of this job was entertaining clients, so my nights and weekends consisted of going to our private box suites any sporting event. One of my clients was Sony Music, so I went to a lot of concerts and backstage parties that are way too inappropriate to talk about.

Q: If you could switch roles with anyone else in the company, whose job would you want?

That’s a great question. There are about 3 or 4 people I would love to do that with.

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

“You won’t believe this!”

Q: What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?

Always do what you say you are going to do; follow up—don’t wait for people to get back to you; and always treat people the same way you would like to be treated.

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

An architect and then an FBI agent.

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

OK, well don’t tell anyone but I drove an Ambassador home from work at 11pm one night because they missed the bus.

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

Our Marketing Department and coffee. They are just the most helpful and happy group of people.

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

Be a student of the company, the quicker you learn about our company, the better off you will be in the long run.

Q: What is your most overused phrase?

“Good Times!” In our business, things don’t always go the way you plan, so I feel you like you need to embrace those times, fix the situation, and move on.

Q: What do you most admire about your Coworkers?

Their desire to do the right thing, and the open, honest, and accepting friendships we have with each other.

Q: What do you think your Coworkers most admire in you?

I’m there to help them anyway I can.

Q: You’re happiest when?

I receive a signed contract back from a client, my house is clean on a Friday night when I get home from work, and when I’m traveling.