Amelia is Mersive’s VP of Channel Sales and focuses on building relationships with our channel partners, dealers, and integrators. Learn more about Amelia below.
What is your role at Mersive and what do you do?
My title is Vice President of Channels. I work closely with all our regional teams and channel partners (dealers/integrators) throughout the country. My focus is on building strong relationships with our partners and ensuring Mersive is well positioned to deliver value to the channel both pre- and post-sales.
Before working at Mersive, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
My first “real” job out of college was working at a semiconductor equipment manufacturer in the Bay Area. I had the opportunity to work with some of the first chipmakers in the world to bring 300mm fabs online. I learned quickly that setting and meeting expectations was an enormous challenge when there are a lot of moving parts and high stakes, but this experience taught me the value of clear communication and relationships with my customers. It was early on in my career that I had the opportunity to travel – I was once a regular on the “nerd bird” (AA’s 6x/day flight from San Jose to Austin) and also made many trips to Dresden, Germany – which was one of my favorite places to visit internationally. I still have some great relationships and wonderful memories from my time in the semiconductor industry. (And during the time of a global chip shortage, have some unique perspective on what a complex problem this really is to solve.)
If you could switch your job with anyone else within Mersive, whose job would you want?
Probably something on the marketing side. It’s super interesting to me all the different ways that marketing can influence brand awareness and reach. I know there would be a lot for me to learn in this area for sure.
People would be surprised if they knew about you.
Since most people know I’m a marathon runner they might be surprised to know that I used to hate running. And I was terrible at it… you could not have paid me enough money growing up to run a mile. I was definitely not voted “most likely to run the Boston Marathon” when I was in high school (although I am pretty sure I was the first person in my class to do it).
What did you want to be when growing up?
I’ve wanted to be everything from an attorney to news anchor to musician to scientist. I went to engineering school because I liked to solve problems, but as it turns out that’s something that applies to pretty much every role in business and in life.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Now I love to run, and I also train/coach others to find the joy in running. It’s such a fantastic way to explore new places and feel fit and healthy. Now, when I travel it is even better – since it’s always easier to go down to sea level and fly through those miles when you live at 7000’! I might be retired from marathons but I still make running and moving a daily practice.
What places have you lived in?
In no particular order: California (3x), Minnesota, Kentucky, Nebraska, Indiana, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Colorado. I now live in Colorado Springs. But if you ask me where I’m “from”, I’ll generally say Minnesota since that’s where I did most of my growing up and graduated from high school.
What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?
For sure I would say the growth of the internet. It’s crazy to think how far things have come since the early 90s. I remember thinking Yahoo was the coolest thing ever in 1994… I was a Physics TA in college largely to get my own key to the lab with some of the nicest computers on campus.
What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
I was a bit of a math nerd back then so it would have been this equation: 1.01^365 = 37.8. The power of small, daily efforts. Truly this has been the key to success in pretty much everything I’ve accomplished.
Would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant hamster?
No doubt about it – a tiny elephant. I love being surrounded by people smarter than me. I want to learn from all the big elephants.
What advice do you have for prospective Mersive candidates?
Pay attention to all the opportunities that exist at a fast-growing and agile company like Mersive. There are so many things to learn and areas to contribute. Allow yourself to be open to change and flexible to explore different paths. And don’t be afraid to reach out to others in the organization – we all root for each others’ success.
What are your hopes for our industry?
I hope to see this industry become more diverse. I was one of few women in leadership positions years ago. We still have a long way to go but we are making progress. I like to do whatever I can to lift up other strong women and help them find ways to achieve success.
Favorite perk at Mersive.
I’m very grateful for the amazing people I have the opportunity to work with and learn from every day.