Employee Spotlight: Shawn Gillespie, Business Development

Published by First Rate, First Rate
May 14th, 2015

1. Tshawn gillespieell us little bit about yourself – are you married, do you have kids, favorite hobbies, position at First Rate/how long have you been with us?

My name is Shawn Gillespie and I have worked at First Rate for about seven years now. I am a remote employee based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and am a Senior Account Manager in our Business Development team and serve as a Director in our leadership team. I have been married for nine years and have three kids Melissa – 20, Jack – 7, and Christian – 5. In my free time I enjoy fishing, running, and watching pretty much any HBO television series.

2. What does a typical day of work involve for you?

Depending on where I am it changes daily. Typically I’m on the road visiting prospects and clients or working out of my home office – which means a lot of conference calls and GoToMeetings.

3. What do you enjoy most about your position with First Rate?

Like all salesmen out there, what appeals to me the most is the “thrill of the chase” and being able to provide our clients with the best solutions that meet their needs.

4. What are tips that you give to new hires at First Rate?

Since I’m so young this is a very easy question 🙂 Ask a lot of questions especially in our industry. You are not going to learn everything overnight so the important thing is to continue to seek out knowledge wherever you can. If you don’t like the answers you are getting from someone, continue to seek out others opinions.

5. What motivates and inspires you?

I’m most inspired when someone says “what you are telling me can’t be done”. Once that happens I seek to change their mind and prove to them that it can.

6. If you were allowed to take only one thing to an unknown destination, what would that be?

That’s an easy one for me … my KindleFire, everything is in one place! Although, it would have to have an endless battery so that might be an issue..

7. Name one place you would like to travel to and what you would like to do there.

I would love to go to Brazil and fish in the Amazon while drinking a Caipirinha!

About the Author: In 1991 First Rate entered the investment community with a flagship product for building returns and performance reporting. This single application with its core performance calculations became the foundation of First Rate. Over the years, our services and solutions have embraced new technologies and expanded to address the changing needs of a challenging industry.

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