Jan 4, 2022 #givethanks100
Today I'm giving thanks for Mark Pohl.
Mark Pohl joined as our COO/CFO in early 2014. In those early days, Mark was a unique fit with his fellow HomeSpotter teammates… Mark insisted on wearing a suit to work every day. He would also show up at work before 7am. I’m half convinced he went the first month in our very small office without having a conversation with anyone besides myself.
As the months progressed, however, Mark increasingly forged connections with his co-workers and he became a trusted resource for many. He even incrementally relaxed his dress code – first on Fridays and eventually… suits became optional the rest of the week.
Mark was most often active behind the scenes – as an instrumental partner to me, whether across numerous fundraising rounds, acquiring another company, or in getting acquired ourselves. These were always highly stressful periods for me – and I will always be grateful I was in the trenches with Mark during those times.
Mark’s influence increased well beyond the financial aspects of the business over the years. He helped inject an increased culture of accountability and a desire to win across the organization.
Moreover, he increasingly asked me the hard questions few others would. I’m confident we avoided some major pitfalls as a result.
Mark- thanks for joining me on the HomeSpotter journey. I’m proud of what we accomplished together.
PS- a tradition that started Mark’s first year was celebrating “Mark Pohl Day”. We’d do our best to secretly all show up at the office on Mark’s birthday wearing suits in his honor. Here’s a sampling of the photos from over the years...
Fittingly, you’ll notice in that last one, Mark was the only without a suit!
Originally posted on LinkedIn – head over to give it a like or a share.
I’m giving thanks for 100+ days to individuals that positively impacted me or HomeSpotter’s trajectory.