Inside ViewPoint: Meet Michael Fitzwater
Name: Michael Fitzwater
Job title: Community Support Manager
Hometown: Concord, NC
How long have you been with ViewPoint? 1 year
Describe yourself in three words: Energetic, Authentic, Empathetic
Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
What’s your favorite part of the job?
I really love interacting with people! Since I was young, I’ve always been a “people person,” so it’s very rewarding to have the opportunity to talk with our users. I get a lot of enjoyment out of troubleshooting and resolving problems for users because I’m partial to quick resolutions myself.
Describe your most memorable moment at ViewPoint, from around the office, at an event, getting to know a co-worker, or anything else.
Actually, two come to mind. The first is last year’s office party because it was great getting to know everyone outside of the office and meet their partners. I also love our group lunches every day. A few of us try to take a lunch break together daily, which helps us to continue to bond as a team.
Speaking of “outside of work,” what is the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time?
I recently got a subscription to the New York Times and I’m weirdly obsessed with their crossword puzzle app. I do at least one a day, mainly on my commute to and from work.
What achievement to date, personal or professional, are you the most proud of?
Definitely moving to Los Angeles! On a whim, I gave two weeks notice in my previous role, packed as much as I could fit into my car, and drove across the country to California. I had never been to L.A. and had very little money to my name, but I made it work. I haven’t had a single regret since.
What’s the one thing you love most about Los Angeles?
It’s hard to name just one thing, but my top three are the people, the beach, and our lifestyle. Say what you what about the “California stereotype,” but I think we know how to make the most out of life. Most of our activities revolve around being outside. I love that I can get just about anything I could possibly want within this city.
Can you share one of your favorite photos taken in L.A.? What’s the story behind it?
This is one of my favorite pictures taken because it was post-hike with my best friends after we had a picnic in the park. I love experiencing this city with my friends, and I couldn’t make it through life without them.
What’s the best live show you’ve ever seen, and why?
It’s a tie between Lady Gaga and Fleetwood Mac. Lady Gaga puts her all into giving her audience the best show she can possibly put on. Fleetwood Mac is on the list because…Stevie Nicks, obviously.
What’s something that you love that everyone you know hates?
What’s the last book that you read?
I read The Cuckoos Calling by Robert Galbraith.
What is the greatest piece of advice you’ve been given?
My college professor used to always say “There’s no growth in the comfort zone and there’s comfort in the growth zone.” I try to remember this often. I try to be as comfortable as possible in both of these “zones.” It’s not always easy, but I’m constantly trying to grow as a person in my personal and professional life.