Our Employee Spotlight series is an opportunity to get to know some of the Narrative Science employees and as you get to know our team, you’ll learn more about Narrative Science and the reason that our customers cite 'our people' as one of the top reasons they choose to work with us. This month, we spoke with Jordin Huffman, one of our Business Development Associates.
How did you end up at Narrative Science?
I grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and went to Hope College in Holland, so I moved straight from one “bubble town” to another. College was right on the beach, which was super fun and small (about 3,500 students). I was a Business Management major, and after graduation, I worked for a company called Terryberry before working for Twentieth Century Fox. I started last March at Narrative Science but your “newness” doesn’t last very long here since we’re hiring so many people.
What’s your role?
I support our Account Executives, helping to identify the areas where Quill can add the most benefit to our potential customers. My role is oftentimes that of ‘educator,’ since Advanced NLG is such a new category of technology.
What is the best part about working here?
The people and the atmosphere. Management trusts that you know what you’re doing and that you’re doing your job. It's honestly a great confidence booster. Your team believes in you. Everyone is very supportive and team-oriented, and you can really ask anybody for help when you need it. Some might say that people are either really smart, or really personable but everyone here is brilliant, and a blast to be around. It's a very unique place.
What interests you about our industry?
How disruptive our technology is. Even in my short time here, advanced NLG has pivoted from a ‘nice-to-have’ to a ‘need-to-have’. To be part of an organization that is leading the charge is super rewarding. I get to see first hand how much Quill, our platform, is helping our clients be more productive and successful.
What is your favorite thing about Chicago?
What’s not to love about Chicago? First off, it’s such a beautiful city. Even after being here for two plus years, a glimpse of the skyline or the lake still makes me stop and stare. I love all of the different neighborhoods. Whether it’s a fun dinner downtown with friends, walking down the Lakeshore path, or heading to the neighborhood pub to watch a Cubs game, there's always some fun to be had.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I’ve done races, Warrior Dashes, and more notably, The Fred in Michigan (from Grand Rapids to Cadillac and back) It’s a 100-mile relay, and we had 10 people on our team, three different legs each and a van follows you for basically 24 hours. I don’t know why I did it. I will never do it again, but looking back it was very rewarding!