Modo Labs Announces 2016 Employee of the Year

Submitted by on Wed, 02/15/17

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Each year, Modo Labs presents a distinct honor to an extraordinary member of its staff: the Employee of the Year award.

This recognition is given to an employee who exceeds expectations and ranks high on the following key factors:

  • Work ethic
  • Impact company and employee success
  • Impact on culture
  • Dependability
  • Enthusiasm

Because Modo collectively has an amazing workforce, coming to a final decision was a difficult process. There was, however, an exceptional staff member who stood out from pack.

Without further ado, we’re pleased to announce that the 2016 Modo Labs Employee of the Year award goes to our corporate controller, Kazumi Mason! Learn more about Kazumi and her everyday impact on the company.

What was your reaction when your name was announced at the Employee of the Year meeting?

I was not expecting it! I thought it would go to the engineer or a sales person. So, I was totally shocked.

How long have you worked at Modo Labs and what attracted you to the company?

I started as a contractor and became full-time in 2014—on April 1—so it’s been almost three years full-time. If we include contract hours, that would be almost 3.5 years.

If you’re going to work as an accountant, you typically only do specific areas. [But] here I can do almost every function of accounting. So, that’s interesting that [I] can lead many aspects of it at Modo.

What does your job role involve?

It’s not only accounting. I get involved in general affairs, including HR, and sometimes operations. I also do collections, so there’s a lot of interaction with the sales personnel.

What’s the most exciting change you’ve experienced at Modo?

Having a successful audit is pretty significant for me and also for the company. As Stewart [Elliott] mentioned at the [Employee of the Year] meeting, I did the first audit. We didn’t have a hiccup, meaning I was able to provide what [the auditors] were asking for. That was over three years ago, so we’ll be on to our fourth annual audit. I’m very proud of that!

What excites you about Modo’s future?

Modo is a growing company. There’s a lot of [potential customers] for the sales personnel and marketing team to research.

Are you a mobile app user?

I’m old school. Unless it’s necessary, I don’t download apps that much. One of my applications is a bank app. Boston Park because it’s really convenient for me—I don’t have to have quarters. I’m a very boring person.

What do you think about Modo’s culture?

The company is still small enough at this point that everybody knows everybody, so it’s a very friendly community.

Some of the things we do include Fun Friday, Yankee Swap, and company-wide meetings, where everybody gets together. This year was the first time we had the holiday party outside of the office, so we’re starting to get big! So, we are creating traditions.

When you’re not at Modo, what do you like to do in your spare time?

I try to go to the gym. [Laughs] I like to do Zumba and steps. But by the time I get home, I’m tired and end up watching TV. I like to see movies. Sometimes I take vacations. Listening to music and concerts.

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