Jeff Golenski

Member Spotlight: Jeff Golenski

“At Groundwork, there’s a community here that I can be a part of and reach out to for ideas if need be. It’s like being in an office, but everyone just works at different companies. It’s something we’re only going to see more of as our workforce moves more towards the digital space.”

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Dan Calabrese

Member Spotlight: Daniel Calabrese

Dan Calabrese

Dan Calabrese wins the prize for most “visually exciting” entrepreneur at Groundwork! If you get to work on a day he’s looking at shoe samples, you can check out some new styles and maybe even try them on for feedback. Dan also merits recognition for member growth– he just added a new employee to the Groundwork! crew.

Dan often travels to India for his work and is willing to share his travel stories if you find him in the kitchen around lunchtime. In this interview, he shares how he stays informed about the latest shoe styles, favorite podcasts, and that gratifying feeling of seeing your footwear in a store.

What’s your profession?

Short Answer: Footwear Development.
Reality: I’ve opened the US office for an Indian manufacturing group that produces footwear, leathers, and outsoles. We represent and are building Sara’s presence in the US. We design, create, and produce shoes for some of the best retailers and global brands.

Describe a typical work day for you.

There is no “typical” work day when working with footwear and India but it usually involves ensuring we are keeping  to our timelines and most importantly getting more production orders.

What’s the biggest challenge you face at your job?

Keeping the communication going with the factories and customers.

Do you have a morning routine?

1. Coffee.
2. Seeing my girls off to school every morning I’m home.
3. Skype with India
4. Gym or run.
5. Groundwork!

What are your favorite productivity tips or hacks?

Not really a hack but I spend a lot of time on Hypebeast and Highsnobiety trying to stay informed. We are working seasons out, some customers are into Autumn/ Winter 2018 development, and staying relevant and in style takes a lot of research.

What do you listen to during the day?

Depends on the day but usually a lot of CNN and when that has depressed me enough I’ll listen to everything from Hamilton’s Original Broadway Cast Recordings to Sirius XM Old School Rap. I’ve been really getting into NPR’s How I Built This podcast too.

How do you benefit from using a coworking space?

We are a small team of two and it’s good to have others to interact with. Every time we get shoes in we get other’s opinions and feedback. We sometimes get too close to the product and lose sight.

What’s in your digital toolbox? (Favorite apps, hardware, etc.)

Again, Hypebeast. Keynote.

What is the most surprising or unusual aspect of your life?

Probably the travel. My career has taken me to a lot of interesting and unique places.

What inspires you?

Watching the business grow and adding people to the team.

Of course seeing your product in stores and on people’s feet is extremely fulfilling since you know they chose to spend their hard earned money on your ideas and work.

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Jordan Pouliot

Member Spotlight: Jordan Pouliot

Jordan Pouliot

Jordan won our hearts when she told us her dissertation was about women restaurant owners. Women, business, and food– what’s not to like about that?

Aside from her dissertation topic we appreciate Jordan for bringing her friendly yet focused energy to our space. She has also reconnected us with our friends at The Women’s Fund by hosting their meetings here from time to time. Here Jordan shares how she stays productive and on task with a daunting project like a dissertation:

What’s your profession?

I am a PhD candidate in Boston University’s American Studies Program, and currently writing my dissertation on the history of women’s restaurant entrepreneurship in NYC. I also teach part-time in UMass Dartmouth’s First Year English Program, and volunteer for the Women’s Fund.

Describe a typical work day for you.

Three days a week I write my dissertation at Groundwork. The other two days I teach one class in the morning at UMD and then come over to Groundwork to keep working on my dissertation.

What’s the biggest challenge you face at your job?

Completing my dissertation on schedule.

Do you have a morning routine?

Jordan Pouliot family

Let out my two basset mixes, Lucy and Butters; have breakfast with my husband and toddler, Archie; get Archie ready for “school” (daycare), drop him off, and then either drive to Groundwork, UMass, or BU.

What are your favorite productivity tips or hacks?

Coffee! Working at Groundwork helps a lot too.

What do you listen to during the day?

The chatter in the office or at a coffee shop.

How do you benefit from using a coworking space?

Unfortunately, I’m not that productive when I work at home. There are too many distractions, from watching Netflix to doing the laundry. Groundwork helps keep me focused, and I also work through lunch, which is a big help.

What’s in your digital toolbox? (Favorite apps, hardware, etc.)

The Amazon Prime app.

What is the most surprising or unusual aspect of your life?

I came to write about restaurants and the food industry through my interest in women’s entrepreneurship, but I’ve actually never worked at a restaurant. My husband owns one though (the Sail Loft in Padanaram) so he’s been a huge help in explaining the intricacies of business ownership.

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Mark Collins & dolphin

Member Spotlight: Mark Collins

Mark Collins & dolphin

We first crossed paths with Mark Collins at the Providence Entrepreneurs Meetup and at the South Coast WordPress Meetup here at Groundwork! It wasn’t until after Mark joined the Groundwork team in March of 2016 that we discovered he was an under-cover yogi with a meditation practice and affinity for Hindu Philosophy.

I’ve personally enjoyed some pre-work silent meditation sessions with Mark right here at Groundwork!, as well as some great conversations around friendship, work, and life. Here Mark shares a little about his SEO company, his daily routines, and how he stays grounded:

What’s your profession?

Search Engine Optimization for Local and Regional Businesses and Organizations. (www.OnWebLocal.com)

Describe a typical work day for you.

Coffee and returning emails. A few hours intensely focused work. A walk to a park or a beach at lunch. A few more hours work. Late afternoon visit to a cafe – more coffee and returned emails. A nice dinner with girlfriend, family or friend. 1 to 3 hours of late night work.

What’s the biggest challenge you face at your job?

Time management and time management and time management, in that order, LOL

Do you have a morning routine?

Morning meditation. A short time outside to walk and/or exercise.

What are your favorite productivity tips or hacks?

Google Docs (G Suite), to keep all my projects organized.

What do you listen to during the day?

Being a fan of Yoga and meditation, I find listening to Indie (American Kirtan) style music comforting. I also like binaural beats for brainwave entrainment. Being over 55, I sometimes mix in some 70’s and 80’s rock music to wake up!

How do you benefit from using a coworking space?

It helps me to stay focused, to have other folks nearby who are also working hard to achieve their goals.

What’s in your digital toolbox? (Favorite apps, hardware, etc.)

Software: Google Docs, Sheets & Slides, Animoto.com, Youtube editor and Adobe Photoshop.

What is the most surprising or unusual aspect of your life?

Mark Collins book

I am a published author and columnist on the topics of: meditative yoga and Hinduism, unity consciousness and metaphysical philosophy.

What inspires you?

Working with others to improve the environment and our society. The world needs more peace, love and understanding.

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Member Spotlight: Jim McKeag

Keep an eye on Jim McKeag when he’s standing near the refrigerator at Groundwork – he might be sampling leftover pie contest entries, or he might be posting information about an event that could help shape the future of downtown New Bedford.

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glenn daluz

Member Spotlight: Glenn Daluz

“[Coworking] gives me the ability to get out of the house so that I can focus on other projects without being distracted. It also gives me access to other likeminded people which helps if you are trying to build a new business and etc.”

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Member Spotlight: Ray Anderson

“Underdogs come in many shapes and sizes but every great success story starts with one. When someone has with very little and rises up against the odds to make something great happen… well, that’s inspirational.”

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What Are You Working On Today?

One of the best things about Groundwork is the community it creates. Although we all have different things going on, what brings us together is productivity, collaboration, and comradery. I always see our members hard at work each day, but I wondered what is everyone actually working on? I know a general background about most members, but today I took the time to go around and ask some of our members what is keeping them busy. Here’s what I learned.

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