We’re starting the fourth consecutive year of our monthly Q&A blog series by featuring Alejandro (Alex) Valdesuso-Pinney from the Nintex Marketing team. The Nintex Q&A series is designed to highlight our people who make Nintex—and the world—a little brighter.
Alex began his Nintex career in 2019 as an intern on the Corporate Marketing and Communications team. In 2020, Alex continued his internship, graduated from college with a double major, and joined Nintex full-time as a Marketing Specialist a week after graduation.
Alex has taken ownership of the entire blog editorial calendar, adhering to scheduled publishing dates and orchestrating with various contributors to continue sharing new and relevant blog articles on a daily basis. When he’s not buried in that, Alex also creates email communications including the monthly customer newsletter that reaches customers around the globe.
Yes, he’s busy! Yet somehow, he’s always available for a quick revision at a moment’s notice. Between all that Alex is working on, we still had time to ask him a few questions and shared his responses below!
Where is home for you?
Home for me will always be in the heart of the Pacific Northwest (PNW). I was born and raised in Washington and have only spent four years outside of the state. Once I graduated high school, I packed up my bags and moved to Southern California (SoCal) where I attended Pitzer College.
After four years of a warm climate, I realized that there is no other place I wanted to be than back in Washington, so now I am back home.
How do you define success?
Success to me is when one finds true happiness in what they do each day. They are excited to wake up every morning and see every day filled with endless opportunity. I think that there’s a common misconception that success is a thing that people achieve solely through a career and wealth. In my opinion, when you have people that you care about in your life, have a set of activities and hobbies that you enjoy doing, have a job or lifestyle that you are excited about, that’s when you have achieved success.
What does an ideal day-off of work look like for you?
An ideal day off of work could start either way for me. I could get up early and go on a fun hike or I could sleep in a little bit, sipping coffee and listening to a nice record or reading a book in bed. I would go for a run in the afternoon, then maybe play the ukulele or watch a movie before I start cooking dinner.
Usually, I like to spend time with my friends, but given that we are currently in a pandemic, I have been taking up hobbies like learning the guitar and embroidery!
If you could have dinner with one person (alive or passed), who and why?
This is a really tough question, as there are so many interesting individuals to choose from. I think I’d choose the French philosopher Michel Foucault because he has influenced the way I think about life in general. The theme that underlies all of Foucault’s theories involves the delicate balance between knowledge and power.
Having a conversation with him about how knowledge and power play a role in shaping societal institutions would be an unforgettable experience. I would love to get answers to the questions I have garnered after reading and studying his work.
If you could be any animal what would you choose and why?
I would love to be a dog, particularly a Golden or Labrador Retriever. Because life as a dog is possibly one of the best lives to exist. You get food, water, shelter, unconditional love from your owners, free belly rubs and back scratches, and you get to take an unlimited number of naps. Sounds like the high life to me!
What kind of music do you gravitate towards?
I have a range of preferences when it comes to music. Typically, I gravitate towards three different genres of music. First being Soul and RnB from the 60’s/70’s. I listen to a lot of Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder. When it rains here in Seattle, I can typically be found on the couch with a cup of coffee listening to Soul music.
The second is Funk/Pop-Funk. This typically includes artists like Vulfpeck, Cory Wong, Lawrence, and Lake Street Drive. I recently found a cover of the Schoolhouse Rock! song “Conjunction Junction” by a band called Couch that I cannot stop listening to.
The last of my main three is Country. My dad’s family is from Wyoming, so I grew up listening to country and am still loving it today, despite what some of my friends may feel about it. My favorites include Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, and Luke Combs.
Then outside of those three genres, I also have my outliers which include artists like Fleetwood Mac, John Mayer, Leon Bridges, and so many more.
What’s your favorite food?
My favorite food is Italian by far. I am a giant fan of cooking and love to do so as much as I can. Last year I got a pasta maker for my birthday, and I have taken every opportunity I can to perfect my noodles! Normally I will make a vodka sauce from scratch with a bit of pancetta to serve with pasta which is a nice combination of my favorite flavors.
I love Italian food because it pairs well with a nice side salad, some garlic bread, and maybe a cocktail if the timing is right!
Nintex Q&A January 2021
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