Team Spotlight - Mike Zehring
Today, meet Mike Zehring, Nlets’ Senior Project Manager. He has been with Nlets for 7.5 years and shared his favorite part of working at Nlets (and so much more).
Q. What are the primary responsibilities of your role?
A. I’m responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of my assigned projects, whether it be a hardware replacement, Brodie Assistance Fund (BAF) implementation, or an Nlets conference. I work closely with our PMO manager as well as staff and external partners to ensure that the details of projects and accounted for and everyone has what they need to work toward a successful project. On a typical day, I’ll be in several meetings regarding ongoing projects. During times when I’m not in meetings, I’m usually reviewing statuses and roadblocks, building project plans, and updating documentation. I see myself as a resource to make things as smooth as possible for those involved in Nlets projects.
Q. What is your favorite part about working at Nlets? Why?
A. I feel lucky to be a part of Nlets and the criminal justice and public safety community at large. The staff is extremely talented and inspires me to reach their level of skill, teamwork, and dedication every day. I also look forward to the chance to interact with Nlets Representatives and other community colleagues at the various in-person Nlets events. After spending most of the year communicating through email and conference call, it’s always great to see folks in person and learn a little more about who they are.
Q. When you’re not at work, what do you like to do? Hobbies? Secret talents?
A. I enjoy traveling and checking out new restaurants around town. I pretend I’m still athletic by playing in a 6v6 soccer league during the week. My wife and I enjoy board games—although some of our biggest fights have been related to particularly shrewd moves while playing “Catan”.
Q. Why did you initially choose to work at Nlets? How did you hear about it and what has kept you here?
A. I responded to LinkedIn job listing after two years copywriting for a start-up out of college. The Nlets office was a significant commute, but it seemed to be a unique company that offered the chance to grow my skills and make a difference. I was also intrigued that most of its employees and been around for years—that was something I wasn’t used to coming from the start-up environment. Since then, I have shifted into a new career path and forged strong relationships with fellow staff members. I enjoy that we are small enough to know everyone by name. As I mentioned above, I feel lucky to be able to work with so many talented people.