Employee Spotlight – Gene Sardoni
Gene Sardoni is a true Billtrust Rockstar! You can find him at the office wearing shorts anytime of the year, yes – even during the winter – and he always has a smile on his face. We sat down with Gene to learn a little bit more about who he is and what makes him tick.
1. What is your favorite vacation destination?
About three or four years ago my wife and I began cruising the Caribbean right after Christmas. After all the presents are opened and the kids go off to “do their thing”, Gina and I head to sunny waters. We loved St. Kitts and Barbados. This year we are headed to the Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos and St. Thomas.
2. Who is one of your heroes?
My father was a hard-working carpenter. He worked with his hands his whole life and once told me after I was complaining about a college class, “I work with these (showing me his somewhat roughed up hands after a hard days work) so you can work with your brain.” He was a selfless man, he put his family first, and he was funny too.
3. What is your favorite part of your job?
I’ve learned so much here at Billtrust. Using what I know and what I’ve learned to help customers solve their challenges is very rewarding. One of the best things about my job is knowing that customers respect my experience and know that I have a strong team behind me.
4. As a child, what did you want your adult profession to be?
I wanted to play second base for the Yankees when I was seven but that didn’t work out. And I thought that my pediatrician was a great guy because he came to my house (yes, I am THAT old) and always made me feel better. The closest I’ve ever gotten to second base is when I visit Yankee Stadium. I am not a fan of doctors anymore and according to most of the people around me, I am still trying figure out what I want to be when I grow up.
5. What is something “weird or interesting” about you that everyone at the office might not know?
I don’t eat berries. I had a good childhood, but my mom was the guilt-deploying disciplinarian. One Saturday morning when I was maybe 5 or 6, while eating breakfast, she sternly suggested that I try a strawberry. She didn’t understand why I didn’t like them. I told her that I didn’t like the flavor or the texture. She got a little testy and told me I had to eat one. After about an hour of defiantly staring into space with a strawberry on my plate, she tried to force feed it to me. I ran and she chased me around the house. That little woman was fast but so was I. My father intervened and I was spared the consequences. To this day no raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, boysenberry, or blackberry has touched my palette. And Yes, I like cranberry sauce, but that’s a whole ‘nother story.
We want to give a special thank you to Gene for sharing a little glimpse into what makes him unique!