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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?

The Kardashians.

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. 

Inside ViewPoint: Meet Gerrell Johnson

Name: Gerrell Johnson
Job title: Municipal Strategist
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
How long have you been with ViewPoint? 1 year
Describe yourself in three words: Inquisitive, empathic, and adventurous
ViewPoint Cloud Superlative: The All-Time Weekend Warrior Award 


What’s the biggest thing people often don’t know about SaaS, government technology, or permitting?

The impact potential—SaaS solutions in the municipal space have the potential to improve the day-to-day lives of pretty much every constituent in any given city, town, village, or community.

How does your role at ViewPoint fit into that?

I think I have one the coolest jobs in house. I get to strategize, test, experiment, iterate, and refine processes to contribute to a perpetually improving growth machine that connects us to the communities that really want to modernize services. My job here at ViewPoint Cloud is extremely fulfilling and I only want to get better at it! 

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three co-workers would you want to have with you, and why? 

  • Rachel Keyser because of her perpetual optimism and our knack for embarking on the most epic existential debates
  • Tom Crosby because I’m sure he’s read at least 20 books on general survival and could probably build our shelter and keep us fed, clothed, and entertained
  • Kelsey Price because of her superior skills in skee ball, which we could wager to get out of tricky situations

 When was the last time you really laughed?

The last epic laugh attack that comes to mind was from my recent camping trip to the Sequoias. 

Can you share one of your favorite photos taken there?

This is a picture from my last camping trip to Sequoia National Park. I love to camp, hike, and take day trips here. It’s only a three-hour drive from Los Angeles and every time I go I feel like I’m in another world—miles away from all my worries, concerns, and all of the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s my happy place.


What’s the best live show you’ve ever seen, and why?

Kid Cudi, Coachella Music and Arts Festival, 2014! Cudi is my all-time favorite artist and his set was magical. I was in the desert with all my friends and his set was right at sunset. All of the lights, the desert breeze, his energy—all combined it was the best music experience I’ve had to date!

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in the last year?

Life is short and tomorrow isn’t promised to anyone. Tell the people you love that you care about them, that they mean something to you every chance you get.

Inside ViewPoint - Rachel Keyser

Inside ViewPoint: Meet Rachel Keyser

Name:  Rachel Keyser
Job title:  Director of Strategic Growth
Hometown:  Seattle, WA
How long have you been with ViewPoint?:  2.5 years

Describe yourself in three words:  Principled, Creative, Curious
If you could have one superpower, what would it be:  To speak every language in the world

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Inside ViewPoint - Andy Navarro

Inside ViewPoint: Meet Andy Navarro

Name:  Andy Navarro
Job title:  Municipal Relationship Manager
Hometown:  West Covina, CA
How long have you been with ViewPoint?:  6 months

Describe yourself in three words:  Enthusiastic, Patriotic, Unconventional
Patronus:  Irish Wolfhound (according to a random test on the internet)

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Carl Anderson | Inside ViewPoint

Inside ViewPoint: Meet Carl Anderson

Name:  Carl Anderson
Job title:  Senior Municipal Relationship Manager
Hometown:  Sudbury, MA
How long have you been with ViewPoint?:  5+ years
Describe yourself in three words:  Logical, Focused, Dedicated
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?  Mindreading, so I could really know why my opportunities were lost and not won

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Inside ViewPoint | Meet Liz Usherwood

Inside ViewPoint: Meet Liz Usherwood

Name:  Liz Usherwood
Job title:  Customer Success Manager
Hometown:  Tampa, FL
How long have you been with ViewPoint?:  1 year!
Describe yourself in three words:  Enthusiastic, clumsy, and intellectual
Self-awarded ViewPoint superlative:  Most likely to laugh at own joke

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