Shiny new faces

Our Brightspot family is growing.  

It's been a busy few months at Brightspot.  Now that we've got a little time to breathe we wanted to take a few minutes to introduce the two new team members.  We think the best way to get to know someone is to grill them with the rapid fire, 20 Questions in 20 Seconds.  Here are their replies.

Melanie Schroeder, CPA, CGA, Manager

Q. WHAT THREE TRAITS DEFINE YOU?  

A. Cheeky, Serious, Compassionate

Q. WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY?

A. If you have to be something, be kind.

Q. WHAT’S ONE THING YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?

A. My iPhone

Q. WHAT IS THE GREATEST CHALLENGE YOU HAVE HAD TO OVERCOME IN YOUR LIFE THUS FAR? 

A. Raising two teenage daughters

Q. WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU CANNOT RESIST?

A. Peanut butter and chocolate

Q. WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR?

A. Losing people I love.

Q. WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO BE?

A. In the forest

Q. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO?

A. Ride my bike

Q.  WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE YOU’VE TRAVELED TO AND WHY?

A. Ireland, it's got amazing history and fun people.

Q. WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRAVEL TO NEXT?

A. Back to Ireland.

Q. WHAT’S THE WEIRDEST JOB YOU’VE EVER HAD?

A. Selling ice cream out from a Dickie Dee ice cream bike.

Q. WHICH ONE WOULD YOU WANT MOST: FLYING CARS, ROBOT HOUSEKEEPERS, OR MOON CITIES.

A. Robot housekeepers of course...  then I could spend all my time doing things other than cleaning.

Q. WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST IMPORTANT INNOVATION YOU HAVE WITNESSED IN YOUR LIFETIME?

A. The personal computer. 

Q.  WHAT WOULD YOU DO (FOR A CAREER) IF YOU WEREN’T DOING THIS?

A. Private detective

Q. WHAT ARE YOUR THREE MOST OVERUSED WORDS/PHRASES?

A. I suppose, oh man, argghhh

Q. WHAT WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO TELL YOURSELF AT AGE 13?

A. That's not going to matter when you're older.  

Q. HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

A. Being truly happy and healthy.  Having good relationships. 

Q. WHAT IS THE BEST BOOK YOU HAVE EVER READ?

A. Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl

Q.  TELL US SOMETHING THAT MIGHT SURPRISE US ABOUT YOU.

A. When I was 40 I went back to school and got my Professional Counsellor Diploma and now am also a Registered Professional Counsellor and coach.

Q.  WHAT MAKES YOU EXCITED TO WORK AT BRIGHTSPOT?

A. I love learning new things and I'm excited to bring my financial background to Aaron's expertise to see how we can help companies navigate the changing world of corporate sustainability.

Rodrigo Cubedo, Engineer in Training and Analyst

Q. WHAT THREE TRAITS DEFINE YOU?  

A. Adaptable, Resourceful and Audacious

Q. WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY?

A. Life’s too short, make the most of it!

Q. WHAT’S ONE THING YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?

A. Breakfast

Q. WHAT IS THE GREATEST CHALLENGE YOU HAVE HAD TO OVERCOME IN YOUR LIFE THUS FAR? 

A. Kite loops!

Q. WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU CANNOT RESIST?

A. Doritos

Q. WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR?

A. Orcas

Q. WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO BE?

A. Riding big waves on my kiteboard on a windy day.

Q. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO?

A. Riding a bike in a foreign place.

Q.  WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE YOU’VE TRAVELED TO AND WHY?

A. Hong Kong. It’s got the best city life, beautiful landscapes and the people were the friendliest and most interesting I’ve ever met.

Q. WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRAVEL TO NEXT?

A. Cape Town for King of the Air!

Q. WHAT’S THE WEIRDEST JOB YOU’VE EVER HAD?

A. I used to be a paintball referee, but it was more like hide and seek, while the players searched for you to take you out.

Q. WHICH ONE WOULD YOU WANT MOST: FLYING CARS, ROBOT HOUSEKEEPERS, OR MOON CITIES.

A. Moon cities. Just imagine the sports we could come up with in near 0 gravity!

Q. WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST IMPORTANT INNOVATION YOU HAVE WITNESSED IN YOUR LIFETIME?

A. Low-cost carriers, now everyone can afford to go anywhere on Earth.

Q.  WHAT WOULD YOU DO (FOR A CAREER) IF YOU WEREN’T DOING THIS?

A. I would like to design kites for kitesurfing and for wind generation.

Q. WHAT ARE YOUR THREE MOST OVERUSED WORDS/PHRASES?

A. “Boom”, “Alright”, “Let’s do it”

Q. WHAT WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO TELL YOURSELF AT AGE 13?

A. Eat as much as you can. Survival of the fittest.

Q. HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?

A. The ability to work towards achieving your dreams.

Q. WHAT IS THE BEST BOOK YOU HAVE EVER READ?

A. We by Zamyatin

Q.  TELL US SOMETHING THAT MIGHT SURPRISE US ABOUT YOU.

A. I can barely swim, I start sinking after about 10m. But I love water sports!

Q.  WHAT MAKES YOU EXCITED TO WORK AT BRIGHTSPOT?

A. I’m very excited to help the industry become more sustainable and that way reach a more environmentally mindful future.