This spotlight features Valerie Calautti, Marketing Coordinator based out of our Richmond, Virginia office. Read on to learn more about how Valerie progressed from business development to a role within our Marketing department, her definition of leadership, and her passions outside of the office!
What’s your story at AvePoint and how has your career progressed here?
I joined AvePoint in June 2018 and was hired on as a Business Development Representative. I came into the role with no prior experience in the tech industry, and throughout the year and a half of being here, I’ve learned so much through trial and error and my fellow co-workers. Due to my success in the role and interest in marketing, I recently transitioned into my current role in the marketing department! I’m thrilled about the opportunity and think this is a perfect example of how AvePoint really gives you the opportunity to progress in your career and ensures you’re in the role and on the career path you desire.
What has been your proudest moment working at AvePoint?
My proudest moment at AvePoint would be the $1.5 million Department of Defense deal I sourced as a BDR, which closed at the end of 2019. This was the largest BDR-sourced deal to close.
What advice would you give to future new hires?
Do not be afraid to speak up and voice your ideas. We have an amazing and versatile group of people here at AvePoint that are always willing to listen.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I like to maintain a healthy lifestyle and spend a lot of time at the gym. I am passionate about weightlifting and pushing my body to the limit. I enjoy participating in events like Rugged Maniacs (obstacle course races in the mud) and I love to hike the mountains. I want to clarify that I am not a cardio fan though, so please don’t ask me to do a marathon or go for a run!
What is the one thing you can’t live without?
My family. Family is everything to me. They are my backbone, emotional support, and have gone above and beyond to help put me where I am in life right now. Having lost my mom at a young age, this tragedy was a wake-up call that nothing in life is promised and to appreciate every moment I have with the people that I love.
What does leadership mean to you?
To me, leadership means stepping up to the plate to help and influence those around you. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be in a senior position, but rather it’s an attitude of wanting to help others because you have insight on a situation and want them to succeed.
What is your favorite thing to do in your city?
I love trying new places to eat. Although Richmond isn’t a very large city, the food scene is amazing and heaven for a foodie like me. There are so many different types of exotic restaurants, local classics, and even speakeasys… something to suit everyone’s tastes!