True Life: Cristina Gomes

Inside the Office:

Cristina Gomes is Vanguard Direct’s newest employee. She started only five weeks ago and has made a great impression. Cristina works in the digital and technology group as a business analyst and project manager. As a PM, it’s her responsibility to oversee a project from beginning to end. And as a BA, she focuses specifically on the project and/or product requirements.

What does this mean? It means she’s both detail-oriented and friendly; it means she’s computer-nerdy and also strategically savvy; it means she’s book and street smart; and it means she’s exactly the type of well-rounded individual Vanguard prides itself on hiring.

Outside the Office:

With a background in finance—she worked for companies including Barclays and Citibank—Cristina is no stranger to high pressure and stress. In 2009, she discovered yoga and found it was the perfect cross-training tool to complement her cardio and weight-training regimen. “I really only started working out in 2008, but I loved the way I felt after. Not only physically, but mentally, too.”

She loved exercise so much that she decided to get group fitness–certified in 2011. Soon after, she expanded her repertoire to include yoga (certified in April Martucci’s FireDragonYoga method), group fitness (certified by the AFAA, the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America), and TRX suspension training. These days, she subs for a few classes, runs a couple of body-conditioning classes during the week, and does some personal training.

Favorite Vanguard Moment:

While it’s hard to imagine having a favorite Vanguard moment after just one month, Cristina seems to already have many. Her favorite, however, is when her neighbor down the row offered up his keyboard. Our pal Mark Gadson, it seemed, wanted to swap keyboards in order to give the new hire a more ergonomically friendly device. Or so we thought…

It turns out that what Mark really wanted was for Cristina to have a keyboard that dampened the effects of her apparent finger strength. “I guess I’m used to trade floors and loud environments. I had no idea I typed so loudly!” she said. “I’ve never had anyone offer me their keyboard just to keep me quiet.”

Cristina Gomes’s strengths come in many shapes and sizes: project management, business analysis, yoga and fitness training, and it seems, a hard-ass keystroke.

Author: Eric Swenson

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