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Featured Member: Daniel Fuller

Daniel FullerEvery zWORKER has a unique career path, but they all share a common trait: they are deeply passionate about what they do. Daniel Fuller – who is the focus of this latest feature story – is no different.

Daniel grew up near Buffalo, New York, and later moved to Indianapolis in 2006. He started his career in the nonprofit world after graduating from college, and was eager to continue helping others when he came to Indy. Upon moving, he worked with several nonprofit organizations, including Shepherd Community Center, where he served as Director of Staff Development.

As a leader, Daniel was no stranger to the challenges of high-pressure situations. Over time, he found that by implementing transformational leadership practices, such as self-awareness and self-care, he was able to successfully navigate stress. Because of his innate passion for helping others, he became eager to share this insight with other leaders he encountered. Thus, after a few years with Shepherd Community Center, Daniel leveraged his decade-long leadership experience to create his own organization called Sycamore Way. This coaching and consulting company focused on helping leaders, teams, and organizations on their transformational journey. He provided guidance on talent retention, conflict resolution, and leadership growth.

Currently, Daniel serves as the VP of Business Development for FullStack, a company that provides its clients with a variety of HR offerings, including payroll, benefits, compliance, onboarding, employee health and wellness, and professional development. FullStack specializes in startups – specifically tech and professional services- so Daniel works closely with small businesses to grow, scale, and thrive. He helps them seamlessly move from the early startup stage to mature growth. With personal experience in starting a business and guiding others to achieve their goals, Daniel brings a unique and valuable perspective to the company.

When we asked Daniel his favorite aspect of working with FullStack, he said he “loves the challenge.” He enjoys learning about new businesses, identifying their needs, and leading them to innovative solutions. As a zWORKS member and frequent visitor to Broad Ripple partner, The Speak Easy, Daniel serves as a resource to members and provides opportunities to help them take their startups to the next level.

As FullStack looks to the future, they hope to expand their footprint in Indiana and the midwest. If you’re interested in learning more about them and the services they offer, please visit their website here.

Getting to know Daniel on a more personal level…

  • Daniel and his wife love gardening. In the spring and summer months, they spend much of their time tending to the various vegetables and native Indiana plants growing in their yard (they’ll soon be adding a chicken coop!). As part of their passion for the outdoors, Daniel and his wife love helping wildlife thrive. They hope to one day turn this passion into a small farming operation on the side.
  • Daniel had the privilege of visiting zWORKS Executive Director, Vickie, and her husband Andy’s, farm for a truckload of sheep poop to fertilize his garden last fall!
  • Daniel is fluent in Spanish, but is rusty and still working to perfect it in high-pressure situations!

By: Carter Baretz

Featured Member: Halle Simpson

Halle SimpsonNot everyone is lucky enough to find their “calling” in life. For zWORKS member Halle Simpson, she described her career as a business life coach as “exactly what she is supposed to be doing.”

Halle has been an independent business coach for the last three years. Her journey as a professional coach started when she teamed up with a friend already working in the field. During this time, Halle attended Coach U, a leading global provider of coach training programs.

The two of them worked together for a year, where Halle learned the ins and outs of the business and further developed her coaching skill set.

Halle’s projected career path did not always include coaching. Similar to most, she found her way to coaching through trial and error and relentless effort. The stops she made along the way all contributed to the professional expertise she is now able to pass on to her clients.

As a Zionsville High School alumnus, Halle attended Indiana University to earn her bachelor’s degree in Biology with minors in Business and Psychology. During her time at IU, she sold kitchen cutlery, which is where she began to develop a knack for sales and a strong work ethic. When describing her sales career, she said, “I must have heard ‘no’ 30,000 times.” Having this experience in tackling adversity translates directly to the services she provides with her clients now. Halle helps them see that “no” does not mean the end and to keep moving forward.

Following her graduation from IU, Halle moved to Denver, Colorado, where she worked in the corporate world for a few years. She soon found her way to another sales position, which included an opportunity to recruit, mentor, and coach.

Now as a business coach, these early experiences help Halle provide the best service she can for her clients. She strives to understand their pain points and help them work toward solutions, so that they can meet their greatest potential.

Halle noted that one of the biggest challenges her clients face is feeling “stuck.” She gives them objective advice, helps them assess their options to move forward with their business, and helps them develop the tools and confidence they need to make hard decisions. Through these one on one interactions with clients, Halle has developed a deep appreciation for watching these individuals grow both professionally and personally. She says this is the most rewarding part of her career.

In addition to individual coaching sessions, Halle also offers services for corporate speaking events and staff training seminars. Ultimately, her goal is to help business owners and executives become the best version of themselves.

Halle’s next venture is publishing a journal which is focused on self-awareness and how it is directly related to your success. Look for the release of  ”Know Thyself Journal” in April of 2020.

Getting to know Halle…

  • Halle will attend her 32nd Indy 500 race this May.
  • Her four year old Boston Terrier is named Marco, after the Andretti
  • Halle’s favorite place to travel to is Traverse City, Michigan.

If you are interested in learning more about Halle’s business coaching services, please visit her website here to contact her.

Featured Member: Tony Reyes

Tony Reyes“The internet changed everything,” says Tony Reyes, as he describes his career path and the journey that many have taken in the Amazon Web Services cloud services industry. He goes on to describe how things used to be, when you had to move to California or another big city to work in the tech space. “Today, all you need is a wifi signal,” he says.

As the Director of Sales for Trek 10, Tony is able to raise his family in his home state of Indiana and still work for a premier company in the AWS Professional Services and Managed Services Consulting industry.

Growing up in Frankfort, Indiana, Tony laid the groundwork for his success by corn detasseling, as well as working in a factory where he packaged artificial christmas trees. Because of these early jobs, the influence of the hardworking community he grew up in, and the example his parents set for him, Tony developed the work ethic and values that Hoosiers are known for.

After completing his undergraduate degree from Wabash College, Tony moved to Chicago, where he met his wife and started his family. After 14 years, he accepted a position in IT consulting in Indianapolis. From there, Tony learned about Trek 10 and the advancements they were making in AWS infrastructure consulting. He was determined to join this exciting company.

In his current role with Trek 10, Tony is passionate about using his expertise to help the next generation of tech leaders start their careers, right in Indiana. He wants to help young professionals realize that they don’t need to leave Indiana to work for a competitive company in the industry.

Tony also loves having the opportunity to work with a variety of companies through Trek 10, where he helps develop cutting-edge AWS cloud-based solutions for his clients. Trek10 counts well known Fortune 1000 clients as its customers all the way down to exciting startups vying to be the next well known brand. Tony’s primary objective is to take these businesses to the next level, utilizing the services that Trek 10 offers.

Since starting with Trek 10 as the first Indianapolis-based team member, the Indiana team has grown significantly, with 30 team members in South Bend and seven in Indianapolis. Now, Trek 10 is in the top 1% of service providers of AWS, and is continuing to expand its reach. With team members throughout the midwest and east coast, it is an exciting time to be a part of the organization!

Tony works out of zWORKS, along with a few other Indy-based colleagues, and loves coming into the Zionsville Village to spend his days. zWORKS has been a great way for him to create his own workspace outside the house, and has connected him with wonderful people living and working in the community.

Featured Startup: Jewelr

Co-founders unite passions

One co-founder loves jewelry and one loves startups. And together – Natalie Whitmore and Richard Crowe are combining their passions to start Jewelr – a software management company for retail jewelry stores.

Whitmore worked in wholesale and retail jewelry for several years. Whether it was failing software, frustratingly complicated software or simultaneously juggling eight software programs, Whitmore had experienced it all.

When people asked what software she recommended, she had no good answer.

Featured Member: Daryl Knecht

A career of tech trends

To say one zWORKS member stumbled into the world of technology would be inaccurate. It was more of a calculated stumble.

From computer-aided manufacturing to data analytics to low-code technology, this is the story of an engineer-turned-sales-techy who has made a career of anticipating the next tech trend.

The year was 1999 and Daryl Knecht saw an opportunity.

He started out as a mechanical engineer in the computer-aided design and manufacturing world. During the five years in that industry, he received one too many offers to convert to the sales world and finally acquiesced.

“Ultimately, I married the engineering background with sales and got into the technical sales arena,” he said.

The year was 2009 and Knecht saw an opportunity.

Featured Startup: PerfectFit Software Solutions

zWORKS programmer turns hobby into career

It’s a tale as old as time. Or should I say, a tale as old as the late 1900s.

There’s three integral parts to this tale. First is an ‘80s kid. Second is a computer in some basement somewhere in America. Third, mix the first two together and – shazam – it’s a future tech genius in the making.

One zWORKS member’s story started like so. Matt Metcalf is the co-founder of PerfectFit Software Solutions and his tale is currently in the software startup chapter.

“I grew up with computers in the house and I was fascinated with them,” he said.

Featured Member: Jordan Morrissey

zWORKS member finds passion through design

It has been a 10-year journey for one zWORKS member from Bluffton, Indiana to owning an interior design company in Zionsville.

Jordan Morrissey came to Indianapolis to study interior design. After working for two designers, she decided to take a different route into space planning.

During one client visit with her mentor, Morrissey said she didn’t think she wanted to do interior design. A few years later and she’s telling a different story.

“Now if I see my mentor, she tells me I totally ate my words,” Morrissey said.

Featured Member: Eric Siemers

zWORKS member dedicates life to Alzheimer’s research

One zWORKS member was one of thousands to take Lilly’s retirement package in 2017.

Dr. Eric Siemers spent two decades researching Alzheimer’s disease at Eli Lilly and is continuing his life work as an independent consultant.

He joined a group of five other former Lilly employees and set up shop at zWORKS to support each other in their individual quests.

“What’s interesting about Alzheimer’s is that even people at other pharmaceutical companies – we’re all rooting for each other because everybody just wants a success,” Siemers said.

Featured Member: Jordan Hollingsworth

zWORKS member makes safety cool

Safety is the new black and Jordan Hollingsworth knows it. He’s making work environments safer one project at a time.

It all started with a seasonal college job with a utility company. Sometimes it’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know, and Hollingsworth met someone in the safety management department. That person became his mentor and the rest is history.

Over a decade later and Hollingsworth has been working at Safety Management Group for 12 years.

Featured Partner: MDLF

zWORKS partner focuses on Indiana leaders

It’s all about young innovative leaders for one zWORKS partner.

In fact, their mission statement is “Enable Leaders. Drive Change”. This year’s Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation Fellows Program is a group of 20 young professionals from around Indiana.

The program has undergone some recent changes headed by one of our very own – Kate Swanson, MDLF Executive Director.

Swanson called it a revitalization of the organization after it began in 2014 – a few years after Mitch Daniels’ second term as Indiana governor. This year has been about focusing on the program’s curriculum.