On our virtual trip around the Baynote campus, you’ve met some of our superstar engineers, managers, and account executives, and even the occasional comedian (we’re still laughing, Mark!) Now, for our newest employee spotlight, let’s head to the mosh pit to meet our number-crunching, punk-music loving Chief Financial Officer, Kendra Borrego. Hurry up, the band’s about to start!
Name: Kendra Borrego
What’s your formal title?: Chief Financial Officer
What exactly does that mean? In a company the size of Baynote, the CFO is an amorphous and moving target. It usually involves all things accounting, legal, finance, human resources and facility related. It not only requires the ability to think and act strategically, but a willingness to get your hands dirty.
Briefly, what is an average day at Baynote like for you? For the most part, the structure of an average day depends on where it lands in the fiscal cycle. I spend quite a bit of time on legal, budgetary and reporting issues. At the moment, many of my departmental projects are focused on infrastructure and process automation so that Baynote can continue to handle employee growth as efficiently as possible. Of course, I have a reasonable amount of surprise projects, strategic meetings and other various issues to deal with on a regular basis.
How long have you been here? I’ve been at Baynote one year as of May 2011.
It’s Saturday. Where can we find you? My favorite weekend activity is urban hiking, with a touch of photography thrown in for good measure. San Francisco is a beautiful and vibrant city with incredible architecture and a fascinating history.
Coolest thing about working at Baynote? For me, the coolest thing about Baynote is the opportunity to make an immediate and measurable impact on a developing organization on a daily basis. I learn something new every day.
If you could be reading anything right now, what would it be? My most frequent reading material is The Economist. I’ve been reading this magazine for the past 25 years and each issue is packed with compelling and relevant articles. I also enjoy reading any type of science fiction or fantasy novels. Currently I am reading the Game of Thrones series.
What’s something your friends are surprised to learn about you?
My friends have known me for over twenty years, so I don’t think there is anything about me that surprises them anymore. My co-workers would be surprised to know that I am a big fan of punk music. I like the energy and have been a fan since I was a kid.
Fill in the blank. I make a mean pork chili.
What is a hard problem you have solved recently and how did you solve it? One of my recent challenges was automating payroll, benefits and HR administration as the company has nearly doubled in size in less than six months. I was fortunate enough to be able to onboard two new team members and assemble a great team that has helped me implement ADP’s Workforce Now solution, as well as helping to manage the daily work load of accounting and human resources.
What is a hard problem you’re currently working on? My next challenge is automating the order and revenue recognition process while creating the 2012 operating plan.