Remotish Employee Spotlight: Matt Zelasko

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Remotish's Employee Spotlight series introduces one employee at a time for a quick conversation about HubSpot and life outside of our roles. Today, we would like to introduce a new addition to our Client Services team: Matt Zelasko, the 3rd most Googled Zelasko in the world. 

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Stephany
Hello, and welcome back to the Remotish Employee Spotlight! My name is Stephany Russell, and I am a Senior RevOps Coordinator here at Remotish. Today I'm talking to one of our newest employees, Matt Zelasko, and Matt is a Remotish Digital Project Strategist. We're super excited to have him on board! Matt, can you tell us a little bit more about your role here at Remotish?

Matt
Absolutely Stephany, thank you very much for having me, and thank you for bringing up the fact that I am the third most Googled Zelasko on the planet. I'm working towards getting to number one so hopefully, a bunch of people listen to this and then go Google me so that I can jump in those rankings. Back to your question, it's my job to help our clients align their marketing, sales, and customer service with their HubSpot instance. Essentially, they have things they need or want to accomplish and we help them prioritize those things and make them a reality. 

Stephany
So, I know this but the audience doesn't - this is only your third, maybe the fourth week here with us. Tell us how your first month of onboarding has been. 

Matt
So, the onboarding has been fantastic and thorough. I've been spending a lot of time on meetings with you, Jen, Loren, and everybody else. I've had a lot of opportunities to learn quite a bit boh via the HubSpot Academy certifications and shadowing different meetings. So, it has been a great opportunity to get my feet wet without having much of the pressure that comes with starting a new job. But, other than that, it's just been a fantastic opportunity.

Stephany
Nice! So were you a HubSpotter before you joined the team? Tell us a little bit about your experience with HubSpot since that's what we're all about. 

Matt
Sure. So I purchased HubSpot for the first time in 2015. The only experience that I had with it before was working for a startup and the tool that we sold, integrated with HubSpot. It really struck me that the HubSpot users seem happier with their product. Once I left that organization, I joined an agency and purchased HubSpot for them, and started the Solutions Partner Program at that agency. It's kind of funny how my career has been a little bit of HubSpot here and there and now I'm at an agency that does only HubSpot.

Stephany
Right, a big change. What's your favorite thing or tool from HubSpot?

Matt
So, two things I love is that one, it can be used as truly an all-in-one platform. I think that's something that a lot of people are after and I know that I was that was one of the main reasons that I went with it to start and one of the main reasons that I've stuck with it all this time. You can report end to end and then also just for ease of use, right? The other thing that would be a little bit more specific feature is absolutely workflows. I think that that's where the magic happens and I think that's where you can really accomplish some really cool things

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Stephany
Yes, I'm secretly trying to master workflows, currently. So, switching gears - enough about work-life, let's talk about your life-life. What's the best thing about remote life for you? Obviously in the name, Remotish, we're super passionate about remote work and remote life.

Matt
Yeah, sure. I'm going to give you a specific example because I think it sort of embodies my experience, working remotely. Most days. my four year old comes home from school, right around 2:30 and we have "a meeting". In this meeting, she pulls out her little laptop (which is one of my old Chromebooks), puts on Daniel the Tiger, and really we just talk about her day. It's something that I was very much missing when I was in an office because by the time I would get home from work, she either had forgotten or didn't really feel like going over again. It's really great to have those experiences and that opportunity to kind of go over her day and learn more about what she is learning and doing.

Stephany
That's beautiful. I completely forgot about that because this is the re-record of our episode, I forgot about the baby meeting. That's amazing. What are some blogs, podcasts, or groups that you'd recommend our readers and visitors to follow, and what are some of your favorites?

Matt
Sure, yeah. Anything that Rand Fishkin does (he was the founder of Moz, the SEO too) and now the co-founder of Spark Toro. I think he has a very interesting perspective on all things marketing and startup-related. From a copywriting standpoint, Cole Schaefer is one of my favorites. I purchased his copywriting course and it has really helped me kind of refine and sharpen my copywriting skills and really more so than even just his blog and his newsletter, is all very interesting. Then, kind of more HubSpot and operations related, Scott Brinker, the Chief Martech himself, has a blog that I have been following for quite a few years now and I've learned a ton over the years from it.

Stephany
So when you're not wearing your Remotish hat and being a dad or a family man, what else are you doing?

Matt
Well, when I'm not wearing my Remotish hat, there's not a whole lot going on other than just a lot of family time. In the summer months, we like to do a lot of camping and quality time. Outside of that. I love going to estate sales. My buddy Kenny and I will get up bright and early on Saturday morning, get a bite to eat, and then go hit up some estate sales to just kind of browsing, not necessarily shopping. I'm also a big music fan. I really love hanging out. listening to music with friends and discovering new and old music.

Stephany
What kind of music do you listen to?

Matt
Everything from old classic rock, like the Beatles. I also got into a lot of punk rock which exposed me to Warped Tour, which exposed me to a lot of hip hop. So, I'm really sort of just all over the board. When I'm writing I like to listen to a band called Sigur Rós because I don't know the language, so I don't have to worry about the lyrics messing me up as I'm writing and it's like this really kind of "heady" music that I suggest everyone to listen to. 

Stephany
I remember Warped tours. I've never been to one, but I remember them a lot. Do you have any personal mottos or mantras?

Matt
So no, not really, at least not something that I have carried all my life because I think that depending on the phase of your life, that motto or mantra might change. Several months ago, a very good friend of mine, Eric Eustace turned me on to a book called "Who Not How" by Dan Sullivan which really made an impact on me because very few things can be done by one person and we know that anything worth doing is difficult and requires a great team. So that " who not how" mentality has really helped me grow both as a person and professionally.

Stephany
What about any guilty pleasures?

Matt
All right. I knew this one was coming. I really like 80s Pop music like Debbie Gibson and Tiffany. It's something that for years I would put it on when we're at a party and drinking a little bit and I would pretend I didn't like it but truthfully, I really did.

Stephany
That is very funny. Do you have any unique talents?

Matt
Not really. I think maybe some of that is because I've had so many experiences. I would say that I really like to challenge the status quo and sometimes it gets me in trouble. Because all people do things a certain way and want things done a certain way and I think that that's kind of boring.

Stephany
Nice, I feel that personally. Where do you love and why do you love living there? You're our Buffalo guy. 

Matt
I'm the guy from bright and sunny Buffalo. I love living in Buffalo and there's a lot of people who do love Buffalo and other diehard Buffalo people. I have a very large family on both sides, my side and my wife's side. It's great to have family around especially when you have small children and it's a really nice place to raise a family. Do I love the cold? Not so much but I tolerate it really well, probably above average for most people. But, I do think it is an underrated city. it's full of history and kind of bouncing back right now. We've got a ton of great breweries, great food, great restaurants, and the waterfront is better than it's ever been, at least in my lifetime. Just a really nice place to raise kids and be around family.

Stephany
All right. Well, thank you, Matt, for re-recording this episode with me. This concludes today's Employee Spotlight. I definitely want to thank our listeners for tuning in and especially you, Matt for sharing your interesting professional and personal journey with us, twice.

Matt
Thank you so much for having me and go Bills.

Stephany
If you enjoy this interview, you can head over to remotish.agency, and check out our other Employee Spotlight Interviews. These can also be found by heading to the header of the website, clicking on the resources link, and then clicking on the blog option. This will take you to a catalog of our blogs written by all of our team members including our Employee Spotlights. Again my name is Stephany, and that's it for today. Until next time, Happy Hubspotting!

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