Anyone who’s ever hopped on a NetMotion webinar or received a company newsletter has either heard her voice or seen some news or collateral written by her. But there’s so much more to Marisa’s role within the marketing team.
In addition to being in charge of NetMotion’s corporate communications, Marisa helps manage the company’s marketing calendars and process, ensuring that the entire NetMotion team is on the same page and delivering the appropriate messages to the appropriate people at the right time. She aptly describes her role as being the ‘glue’ that connects all of the team’s work together.
Having joined NetMotion almost five years ago, Marisa has seen her fair share of change. Although the company has been around since 2001, Marisa describes the marketing team back then as ‘small and scrappy’ with everyone wearing multiple hats. In the last few years, however, the team has grown significantly from just four people to a team of 12 today, all based in Seattle, Victoria and Toronto.
“One of the most exciting changes that I’ve seen is a huge leap in cohesion, not only within the marketing team, but really between sales and marketing, between product and marketing. As a company we have a laser focus on our common goals and making customers happy, that we didn’t have even a few years ago.”
Despite NetMotion’s Seattle employees all working from home for almost four months at this point, Marisa has maintained her usual work style, keeping in touch with people both inside and outside the organization. On any given day she interacts with the company’s sales, product and support teams, as well as a slew of external partners who help amplify the company message. Last but not least, Marisa enjoys any opportunity to interact directly with NetMotion customers; hearing their stories and learning how NetMotion has helped solve their problems.
Mixing creativity and business
Thinking back to her days at college, Marisa says that it became clear to her that she wanted a career that offered a mix of creativity and business, but the technology space wasn’t her first choice. She initially had an internship that quickly turned into a five-year stint at a value-added reseller (VAR). The rest, as they say, is history. After taking a brief hiatus from tech, she couldn’t stay away. And having been in marketing roles within the tech space for almost 15 years, she says she couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
Marisa’s journey to NetMotion started when she learned about the company’s solutions and company culture. She wanted to jump back into an organization where she didn’t feel like just another faceless employee. She wanted to be recognized as a true member of a team, making a positive impact on the organization and its customers every day.
According to Marisa, the most challenging part of her role is not being able to accomplish everything that she wants to do. A lot of her time is spent solving problems and working to develop processes that make things easier for the team as a whole. And that’s on top of her normal responsibilities. It all boils down to a long to-do list without enough hours in a single day to get it all done.
That’s particularly been the case in recent months, while everyone has been working from home. Fortunately for all of NetMotion’s employees, technology has played an increasingly visible and positive role, keeping employees connected and engaged. For many people, working from home has come with challenges. But for Marisa, the transition has been an easy one.
“I feel like we coped with remote working really well as a team. The technology that we have has helped a lot. I’ve worked with people all over the world my entire career. Being able to chat with people every day with these video calls and fun things like our virtual happy hours has been really helpful.”
On a company level, NetMotion is still in celebration mode after launching one of the most important new platforms in the company’s history yesterday. The new NetMotion platform blends the best of both worlds – a secure, mobile-first enterprise VPN with the future proof capabilities of a context-aware software defined perimeter (SDP).
Having been an integral part of this launch since 2019, Marisa sees this as an inflection point for the company. Not only is NetMotion bringing rich new features to market, Marisa sees an evolution in the way the company positions its solutions, in the way those products are sold, and in the way they reach the marketplace. Even the way that customers use NetMotion is going to evolve, with so much more visibility and granular control. It’s an exciting time.
Speaking of exciting times, back in January Marisa shared some very exciting news with the team. Marisa and her husband, Derek, are expecting a beautiful little girl to make an appearance any day now. At almost 38 weeks pregnant, Margot is on schedule to arrive before the end of July. Being the multi-tasking over-achiever that she is, Marisa has been busy for months, prepping various people on the team to take over while she’s getting some well-earned time with the baby.
Marisa, you know how much you mean to us. We can’t tell you how happy we are for you and Derek, and look forward to seeing Margot as soon as we can.
For more information about a career at NetMotion, and to find out why we’re ‘not your average tech company,’ check out our careers page here.
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