Siteimprove is extremely fortunate to have Carey Vanier as a Siteimprover. Recently, we had the chance to sit down and chat about his impact on Siteimprove and what led to his success.

Carey being announced the winner by his colleague Shannon

Hi Carey! You have had an interesting career so far, can you share some highlights with us?

Carey: Yes, it has been a fun ride so far! My career is far from traditional. In the early 2000’s I worked as a manager for Best Buy and after Best Buy I began MMA fighting! I started fighting locally and worked my way up to fighting for the second largest MMA promoter in the world, Bellator Fighting Championship. I competed twice in “The Toughest Tournament in Sports” and my fights were aired on ESPN, MTV 2, Spike, and Fox Sports. During the tournament I had the chance to win against jiu-jitsu black belts and UFC vets, which was an achievement. Those guys are tough!

When my career ended in fighting, I decided to get into sales for a career at a large company.  I was happy there, but I had a former coworker that left to work for Siteimprove. We stayed in touch and I could tell it was more than a job for him. He loved it and kept sharing all the amazing things he was experiencing here. Eventually I couldn’t take hearing about it anymore and I had to be part of this environment, which is why I am here today. I got brought on into the Siteimprove sales department and saw success there but what I didn’t know was that it would open up a whole new curiosity for me - tech support and software.

My road to tech support started with one of our company updates, which was good timing. This past July we had a company update, and Torben [Siteimprove CEO-US] covered our company mission, vision, the definition of Siteimprove, and our strategy of how to reach our goals. After the update I was motivated to do more, I thought to myself "how can I contribute?" and "how can I add to the culture and success of Siteimprove and grow my career?"

The answer came to me so fast that it surprised me! I thought "Easy, I can join a boot camp focusing on HTML, JavaScript and CSS to gain more knowledge of web development and how our platform can impact the day to day role of those who will use it. Everybody wins!"

A few weeks after joining the boot camp I came across a job opening in Siteimprove's Tech Support. This was the opportunity I needed and through a few conversations with managers and an interview, I was able to get the job. I know it was the best career move for me since I am now able to bring even more value to the company, help customers, and advance my career. Best move ever! Making this move has been one of the biggest accomplishments that I am proud of, besides my children: Carey Jr and McKenzie.

Out of all my career moves, this is by far my favorite because this company allows me to be the father I want to be, while helping improve the world and helping others spend more time doing the things important to them. 

Through all of that, what lessons did you learn from your career that you apply to your work today?

Carey: To keep growing and be the best student possible. One of my favorite quotes is from Abu Bakr: “Without knowledge action is useless and knowledge without action is futile” To me, every day is an opportunity to learn more and do something with the knowledge. This helped me when I was a part of MMA, Sales, and now supporting our Siteimprove customers.

Besides being an influential Siteimprover, kick-ass MMA fighter, and an amazing dad what superhuman power would you want?

Carey: I would want the power to rewind time because I want to spend as much time with my family as I can and even be able to rewind memories to relive them again.

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