Crowned Chameleon: Emily Ross

What on Earth is a Crowned Chameleon?

At Alterian, we’ve taken to calling ourselves Chameleons, just like our platform. Since we’re Adaptive Marketers™ ourselves, the moniker seemed to fit just right. While our team consistently goes above and beyond across the board, each month we’ll highlight one employee who has been nominated by our team leads for that little extra something in embodying our mission, vision, values, and goals—the Crowned Chameleon.

Alterian Crowned Chameleon

Emily Ross, Accounting Manager

Congratulations, Emily! Here are a few things the nominator had to say:

“She always puts in the extra 2% effort, working nights and weekends to ensure our employees get paid on time, our customers get billed, the financial statements are closed, the investors get weekly reports, and any other ad-hoc projects I throw at her get done.

She puts our customers first, taking the brunt of their ever-changing invoicing requirements while issuing credit memos and revised invoices to correct errors she did not cause, all the while remaining professional and courteous during all customer interactions.

Emily is willing to help with whatever tasks are asked of her, no matter how menial or time-consuming. She has been a great asset to Alterian since she started, and is not often recognized for everything she does for the company. Thank you, Emily!”

Emily Ross Alterian

The Proverbial Interview

Nicely done, Emily! Your dedication and willingness to roll up your sleeves to get any job done is invaluable to our team.

At Alterian, we’re a great, big, international family, and we’d like to share some of that with you. So, I prompted Emily to share a bit about her professional and personal life to shed light on the type of badasses that our team is made up of.

So, what do you do for Alterian?
“I keep the back office accounting ticking over. Everything from preparing all of the month-end financial statement data, to taxes, and everything in between—but typically all people are interested in is that I get payroll submitted on time!”

What is your favorite part about working for Alterian?
“It’s two-fold. Firstly, the people. They are certainly what make this company great and the breadth of knowledge is second to none. Secondly, being a small accounting department, no two days are the same and there’s rarely an element of accounting I don’t touch on at some point throughout each month. Variety is the spice of life, or so they say.”

What does being an Adaptive Marketer™ mean to you?
“Even in a traditionally light-customer facing role like accounting, providing the best customer experience is still imperative, whether it be to an internal or external customer. A customer-centric mindset is the norm here, so it quickly becomes second nature.”

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?
“I’ve been lucky enough to live in a number of different countries, and have travelled widely, but the most memorable was being in Kandy, Sri Lanka during Esala Perahera (The Festival of the Tooth – a Buddhist festival celebrating the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha). Clearly we hadn’t researched well as we didn’t know our trip coincided with the first night of the festival until our taxi driver mentioned it. We then ditched our plans to spend the next few nights taking in as much of the festival as we could. It was quite spectacular.”

Esala Perahera Festival Sri Lanka
Esala Perahera festival in Sri Lanka

We believe in, “Work hard, play hard.” What’s your favorite thing to do outside of the office?
“There’s life outside of work? Tim never told me that! In summer, hiking with my two dogs, and the occasional poorly played round of golf. In winter, when we have snow (if we ever get any this year!), snowboarding at Winter Park… and maybe a cold beer afterwards. This is Colorado after all—it would be remiss not to with all the wonderful breweries we have here.”

Winter Park Snowboarding
There’s just something about hittin’ the slopes.

What’s a unique fact about you?
“While I’m a city girl at heart, I spent a number of my formative teenage years living on a 40,000 acre sheep and cattle station in outback Qld, Australia. I’d occasionally help out in the shearing sheds, or with mustering, during school holidays. This probably explains why I don’t really like sheep.”

Emily's dogs
These days, Emily prefers her dogs to sheep.

Who’s next?

Thank you for having fun with this feature blog and telling us some unique things about yourself, Emily! Congratulations on this honor—you deserve it. Emily is one of many unique and talented cogs in the Alterian machine, and I look forward to sharing next month’s Crowned Chameleon with you in the new year.

Want to call yourself a Chameleon? See what positions we have open on our Careers page and join the squad.

Niki Hale headshot

Niki Hale, Marketing Consultant

Niki is a marketing jack-of-all-trades for Alterian—you might say, a true Chameleon! Since graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder, she has worked in marketing for ad tech, martech, and the agency space, gaining unique perspective for B2C, B2B, and internal communications. From web and graphic design, to social media management, copywriting, culture initiatives, and more, Niki helps us market to marketers.

At home, you can most likely find Niki cooking—with a glass of wine in hand, of course—or drawing, all while plugged in to an audiobook or a podcast. She’s also a die-hard Harry Potter fan and loves attending concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheater outside of Denver.