In this week’s installment of our ongoing series, we had the chance to sit down in person with Nora Martinez-Werts, to talk about her career, her role in the finance team here at NetMotion, and so much more.
Nora joined NetMotion in May of 2016, after building a career in the banking industry. She first started at Bank of America, where she worked for 21 years in a variety of roles. I started out as a check filer and ended up a Voice Communications Officer. That was followed by an 7-year stint at Washington Mutual Bank, and then several years at a software company in Seattle called Varolii, which was then acquired by Nuance Communications.
The mighty finance team
At NetMotion, Nora is the company’s senior accounts payable specialist. That role involves working closely with our Controller, along with several other team members.
Anyone in finance knows that the busiest times of the month come right at the end and the beginning, when it comes time to pay vendors and process the US employees’ expense reports. Nora also handles reconciliations related to accounts payable as well as managing the Amex, Wells Fargo and soon Union Bank credit card reconciliations.
Not a cellphone company
After her previous employer, Varolii, was acquired, its entire finance team was let go. As a result, Nora decided to do some short-term contract work while looking for her next permanent role.
Within a matter of weeks, however, she got a call from the HR team at NetMotion, asking if she’d be interested in discussing a position with the growing finance team. Nora remembers thinking that the job description was exactly what she had been looking for, but she jokes that she at the time she didn’t know much about the company at all.
But, after interviewing for the role, the rest, as they say, is history.
“In the earlier part of my career I had many opportunities to learn a lot and met a lot of people. But I have to say, this is the best job I’ve had. I just love the culture at NetMotion. The people are so nice and respectful to each other, regardless of their position in the company”. level.”
Near and far
Although the majority of NetMotion’s employees have been working from home for the past six months, Nora’s role Sr. Accounts Payable Specialist means that she has been coming to the office every few days, particularly during those busy end-of-month periods.
Nora says that she has enjoyed coming to the office occasionally, giving her access to a fast network, a quiet office space and big, double screens for all those spreadsheets. She points out another silver lining, that her commute door-to-door is a very respectable 12 minutes.
Like many companies, NetMotion employees stay in touch via phone, chat and multiple Microsoft Teams and Webex meetings every day. Switching to a remote working environment has certainly come with challenges, but luckily the learning curve hasn’t been too steep.
Naturally, Nora and her colleagues in the finance team haven’t been able to meet up in person for months, so they’ve found creative ways to stay engaged. One example is the team’s monthly online luncheons, where everyone has a chance to chat while they have lunch together.
“There a great rapport among the finance team. It’s so nice knowing that I can just pick up the phone or message someone any time if I need something answered right away.”
Over the course of the last four years, Nora’s responsibilities have steadily grown, but she relishes the challenge. Monthly deadlines can be a little bit stressful at times, but Nora’s advice is simply to be prepared. By knowing what your timeframe is and by preparing well in advance, juggling all of those tasks becomes much more manageable.
Getting numbers wrong is a true crime
As a self-described true crime buff, Nora enjoys the challenge of solving mysteries. At work, that translates into a love of digging into discrepancies. If a number is out of place or somehow doesn’t match what it should be, Nora says that she enjoys diving in and figuring out exactly where things went wrong. Nora, thank you for always staying on top of all those pesky numbers, and doing it with a smile on your face. We couldn’t do it without you!