Title: Merchant Development Director
Location: Chicago, IL
Preferred pronouns: He/Him/His
Keep an eye out for Neville: he might have a famous BBQ sauce one day and you heard it from us first!
Tell us about your job! What do you do? What do you love about it?
As a Merchant Development Director for the Home & Auto team (oil changes, car detailers, etc.), I help cultivate and maintain relationships with local businesses throughout all US markets. I love how no matter the size of the company, all business owners seem to carry a Fortune 500 swag.
What was your first impression of Groupon as an employer?
I got the sense when I first walked through the doors it was ‘a-happy-to-be-at-work’ type of culture. Work hard, play even harder. Things haven’t changed much since 2014.
Who inspires you?
I’m inspired by the unconditional love my children show. Family is the end all be all for me. After a long day, seeing my kids run to the door to greet me when I come home is unmatched satisfaction and why I work so hard. It never gets old and it resets my energy meter immediately. Any parent will tell you it’s one of the best feelings in the world.
What’s your favorite local business?
Guitar Center. It’s the ultimate playground for the home studio musician/enthusiast.
Tell us something about you that might surprise us.
I have literally been working on a BBQ sauce for roughly 7 years. I’m told it tastes great!
How does your work impact Groupon’s mission of building the daily habit in local commerce?
I work with a great team of driven and motivated individuals who are dedicated to not only personal success but making sure the entire unit succeeds. Of course within this unit is the local business merchant we are helping to achieve a positive end result. If the merchant is not winning, we are not winning. And that is not an acceptable option.
What’s the most random thing you’ve witnessed at the office?
Around the time of my first year working at Groupon, I was coming out of the elevator and witnessed a giant T-Rex (a la Jurassic Park) casually walking the halls, scaring the snot out of co-workers, myself included.
Have you won any awards during your time here?
Merchant Development Groupon Green Award 2018 for Inspiration and President’s Club 2018.
What do your parents think you do?
Man, my whole family thinks I totally run the show. They are under the impression I can provide massive discounts on top of the existing deals we offer and one of my aunts is stilling waiting for me to finalize a refund dating back June 2012. Doesn’t matter one bit that I didn’t start working at Groupon until January 2014.
Why did you join Groupon Volunteers?
I’m a huge believer in giving one’s self for the enrichment of others, especially to those in need. This is something my mother instilled in me as a kid and what I try to teach my children today. Being a part of the Employee Volunteer Program just fell in line with my core beliefs.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
As a dad, all of my available free time is dedicated to my kids. A man of many hobbies, my top ‘go to’ I use to relax when the house is asleep is music production and editing.
So if you could do any other job for a day it would be….
Late night Quiet-storm radio DJ. I’m told I have the voice for it.
Rapid Fire Questions
"It’s easier to raise strong children than to repair broken men" - Frederick Douglas
I made an Apple Pie using three different types of apples. Came out great!
To eat BBQ Ribs in every state in the US!
I would love to try skydiving but I'm 99.5% sure I'll never do it willingly.
I wear a pair of Chicago Bears socks all thru quarantine even in the off-season.