Greg Albert, Naviant Inc.
IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Greg Albert, vice president of professional services, Naviant Inc.
What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job and why?
The ever-changing landscape of technology and the evolution of our customers’ needs are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of my role at Naviant. While we’ve been at this for three-plus years, we are continually educating our team on new ways to solve business challenges with technology that meets our customer needs now and into the future. It’s so exciting when clients go through their implementation and have their “aha!” moment with their own digital transformation. It’s very empowering for everyone involved!
Who do you look up to or admire in business and why?
I look up to leaders who can adapt and see around the corner for what changes are on the horizon in their industry and beyond. I have had the opportunity to work with several leaders with this trait during my career, and the ability to adapt, make unpopular decisions, and set a course to get your company on the right track for the future is something to admire.
What has been the high point of your career so far?
Throughout my career, I have had an opportunity to work with several incredible teams. At Naviant, we have built a culture around high-performance teams and we are driven to help one another succeed. Being a part of building this culture with peers and within my own team has truly been a high point of my career. I get to work with a team that is continually growing and adapting. We also support each other as we continue to grow as individuals and a company, which I feel is rare these days.
Thinking back on your career, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self?
I would tell him to embrace change. At 21, I thought I was going to have a career in a completely different field. At times, I was stuck in what I thought I should do instead of what I wanted to do. Embracing change is something I’ve learned is critical to continued growth.
What would you say are the best things about living and working in Dane County?
The community is continually changing and growing. I’ve been living and working here for nine years and it is amazing the change I have seen in that time. At the same time, the area has not lost its sense of community. The community moves forward to improve and expand opportunity for those who live here.
Do you have any secret talents or abilities that people would be surprised to discover?
I do have a creative side regarding home improvement. My wife and I enjoy doing home renovation projects together. We recently completed a renovation project on a house in Madison and are looking forward to taking on more renovations in the future. It is something we have learned how to do and we have fun doing it together.
What are your guilty pleasures?
Great question. I love cooking and trying new foods. I love to take time to create unique recipes and learn new cooking techniques. Whether I’m smoking meat or creating a new dish, I love to take the time to cook. When my wife and I travel, we are often more focused on the unique culinary options offered rather than the destination itself.
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