At Arcules, we know that working as a team is integral to our success. In the world of high-tech start-ups, this mantra rings true as so many people come together behind the scenes to deliver the level of development needed to make the Arcules Integrated Cloud Security service work.
Last year, we introduced you to our Arcules Superhero Series created to highlight the stories and insights straight from our team about what it means to build our technology, manage the day-to-day demands of a busy start-up, provide ongoing guidance and direction, and more.
Meet Jon Kenyon, Finance Manager at Arcules.
How long have you been with Arcules?
How would you describe your role at Arcules? What are you responsible for?
As Manager of Finance, my primary responsibility is running the monthly forecast and annual budgeting processes, as well as managing cash flow forecast models, variance analysis, and other financial and operational performance analysis. This information directly supports the major corporate decisions of the Executive Team and the Board of Directors. In addition to this, I am also responsible for preparing the monthly Board of Directors report.
Tell us a little about your background.
For the majority of my career I’ve worked in the software and technology industries. I’ve been privileged to work at multinationals such as Microsoft but also for companies in the startup space, which has given me a great appreciation for the pros and cons of each environment. I find the startup environment to be most invigorating as one can see the immediate, direct impact of your efforts compared to a large company environment where the personal impact one makes is less visible.
Can you share some of the best parts of being on the Arcules team?
Definitely, the people you work with. Everyone shows incredible determination and work ethic but also knows how to let their hair down and have fun.
How have you made an impact since starting at Arcules?
I think I’ve been able to take the finance role to the next level at the company. In addition to simply managing the forecasting and budgeting processes, and ensuring that our financials represent what happened operationally, I’ve also integrated myself into other areas, such as sales and operations.
So what have you been up to recently, besides working, of course.
In the early days of the pandemic, I built a few puzzles on the dining room table but that soon lost its appeal. That said, I did have to create a home gym — which is still in use today — during the seemingly never-ending lockdown.
What is one thing that your co-workers might not know about you?
I lived and worked overseas for more than 10 years. First as a High school student in the Philippines where my father was building a nuclear power plant, to summer school in Spain, to finally six years at Microsoft in Paris, France. My son was born in Paris and I am able to speak French and Spanish.
Tell us about the last book you read and/or the last movie you watched.
The last movie I watched was Holiday Christmas Party, which is certain to become a holiday classic for those who enjoy the “Christmas Vacation” genre. The last book I read was “Two Years Before The Mast” by Richard Henry Dana, which was published in 1840 and written after a two-year sea voyage from Boston to California on a merchant ship. I found it to be very interesting as I currently live in Dana Point, Calif., and Dana’s descriptions of the towns, missions, inhabitants, flora, fauna and topography were superb.
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