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Employee Spotlight: Alex Ross

Alex Ross is a man of many strengths. Need a product to address an A/R pain point you are feeling? He can fix it. Travel the world as a member of a band or just looking for tasty new foods? He’s done it. Lets not forget about the 100 mile race he did in the mountains. Yes, Alex Ross has many great stories to share, and this employee spotlight is all about him.

Billtrust Employee Spotlight Alex-Ross

If you could eat one meal every day for a year, what would it be and why?

I wouldn’t! Life is way too short and the universe is too immense to limit yourself to doing the same thing each day. I like traveling and trying new foods, as a way to explore new locations through food.

What is your favorite vacation destination?

The beach with a live band. As a former touring musician, I enjoy how a location experience can be taken to another level with music.

Who is one of your heroes?

Gene Kranz. He was one of the first employees of NASA and most notably known as the Flight Director for Apollo 13 (played by Ed Harris in the movie.) He exemplified the focus of working on a problem and not creating more problems by complaining. It was a time when Google didn’t exist and doing something was a matter of doing things nobody had ever done before. He also wrote a book called “Failure is Not an Option” which is one of my favorites.

Who is your favorite band or musical group and why?

This answer varies by type of music…I have season tickets to Broadway musicals in Denver, saw Luke Bryan in concert, and my first concert was White Zombie.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Solving struggles that people face. I get to talk to customers and find out what their pains are, then collaborate with out User Experience, Developers, QA, and Sales Teams to come up with the best solution.

As a child, what did you want your adult profession to be?

Anything at NASA. I wanted to explore and figure out how to get a person from here to there in the fastest way possible.

What is something “interesting” about you that everyone at the office might not know?

I sang for the Pope and have performed as a musician in 80 cities around the world. I also run 100 mile races in the mountains for fun.

A special thank you to Alex for sharing some great stories from his life. Want to connect with Alex? Follow him on his LinkedIn and Twitter profiles.

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