Here at membersy, we understand that our industry-leading dental subscription management and billing platform would be nothing without our incredible employees. Each month, we make it a priority to showcase the talented employees who have worked tirelessly to build membersy from a small startup in 2015 to the company it is today. This month, our employee under the spotlight is Mike DeBonville, our VP of Operations.
Q: What is your job title?
A: VP Operations
Q: How long have you been with membersy? / How has the company changed since you’ve been here?
A: I’ve been with Membersy for 2.5 years. Our company has evolved so much as we go from start-up to a young company. I see the progress every day! I’m most excited about the culture we are developing and ramping up our team here in Austin and throughout the US.
Q: What does your typical day look like?
A: Right now, I’m focused on building out and fine-tuning our internal processes supported by technology and getting our various new hires going, which span across all departments.
Q: What is your favorite thing about working for membersy?
A: Building. Our potential is still in its infancy, and I’m focused on creating a long-lasting, scalable company that provides serious value to our partners and members. Getting to do this hand-in-hand here as a team is the best.
Q: What is a fact that would surprise your coworkers?
A: My birthday is on January 23rd, and on 01/23/45 I’m throwing the best birthday party ever, and everyone gets an invite!
Q: What drew you to membersy originally?
A: I think healthcare in the US needs a lot of work. I want to look at it from a completely different lens than it has traditionally and solve real problems that our members and partners are facing right now. At Membersy, there is no existing playbook, and we get to blaze our trail – which is difficult at times but very rewarding.
Q: Before working at membersy, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
A: Oh man, one of my first jobs, when I was 15, was a Pre-K tee-ball umpire. It was amazing. Kids would hit the ball off the tee and run to the park…or their moms. My job was to teach them how to play the sport, and we didn’t keep score. Some fathers would be so competitive that they wanted to keep the game going in a “tie”. At 15, I’d have to settle them down and explain that this is just for fun and that it’s time for some ice cream.
Q: What’s something you’ve always wanted to try but never have?
A: Spearfishing. I love swimming, but I’m not very good at it, which has probably held me back. Maybe I’ll prioritize this on my next vacation.
Q: What would your autobiography be called?
A: Bad to the DBONE
Q: Where is your favorite place to be?
A: At a concert with my wife or introducing live events to my son. My wife and I love the in-the-moment feeling you get at live music and going to live sporting events.
Q: What is something that’s on your bucket list?
A: Cow tipping of course, but I heard cows don’t actually sleep standing up!
Q: If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
A: Never, ever stop learning. One that is top of mind: I’d love to become a wine expert.
Q: If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
A: I already met him, and his name is KC.
Q: What would you most like to tell your younger self?
A: Don’t be so embarrassed to ask questions.
Q: If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why?
A: Post-medieval times and pre-internet. I don’t need to be tar and feathered, and I’d like some more privacy.
Q: Who were your top artists on Spotify this year?
A: Shoot, I use Apple Music, but I have been listening to a good amount of Latin and Ethiopian jazz music (I’m serious).
Thank you for all that you do for us, Mike!