Employee Spotlight – Sarah Wilson

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Sarah Wilson’s infectious positivity and strong people skills have made a big difference here at Gorilla in the little over a year she has been with us. She works as our Business Development Assistant talking with real estate investors who are interested in our funding program. As such, she plays an integral role in growing our business and delivering a great first impression to our investors. Read on to get to know her a little better!

I graduated from the University of Oregon. My friends and family make my world go around. I enjoy cooking, live music, traditions and working at Gorilla Capital. I have worked at Gorilla Capital for a little over a year now and it’s an awesome company to work for! I am currently the Business Development Assistant and I am constantly learning something new. The people and culture really make this company a great place to come to work to each day.

What technology innovation made the most impact on your life?
Social media really impacted my life. I have so much love for my friends and family. Social media has helped me stay close to those who are far away. If social media wasn’t around, it would be much more difficult to stay in touch with some people.

How would you spend one million dollars?
If I could spend a million dollars, the first thing I would do is pay off my grandmother’s and mother’s home. I would then pay off all of my partner’s and my university debts. After that I would invest my money and put a down payment on my first home.

What is your favorite sport to watch?
College football!! I love my Ducks! I have been to all kinds of sporting events but there is something truly special about college ball.

If you had one free hour each day, how would you use it?
If I had a free hour each day, I would use it to focus on myself. I tend to spend so much time worrying about others that I seem to forget about me.

If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?
I would eat my way thru Europe with my partner, Corey. Italy in particular. My family is Italian and that country has been calling my name since birth!

If you had a time machine, what point in the past or future would you visit?
If I had a time machine, I would want to go back to 1969 and experience Woodstock! Music has such a powerful effect on me and I love going to music festivals. I think Woodstock in particular would have been life changing.

Name two things you consider yourself to be very good at.
Listening and being positive

Share a personal fact no one would ever guess about you.
I have a huge birth mark on my left leg. It goes from my knee to my stomach.

What fictional place would you like to visit?
If I could visit any fictional place, I would visit Hogwarts! Everyone loves magic!

What is a recent book that you have enjoyed? Why?
I need to read more. I really want to buy “The Book of Joy” written by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. I have heard this book is full of wisdom and inspiration.

If you could have a dinner with someone who is alive or dead, who would it be and why?
My father, Gary, who passed away few years ago. I would love to have one last meal with him and tell him how much I love him and appreciate everything he did for me.

Over the course of your life, how many cities have you lived in and which was your favorite?
I have lived in two cities, Eugene Oregon and Salem Oregon. Eugene is by far my favorite. Most people here are down to earth and are accepting of everyone.

What is one of the things on your bucket list?
Travel to Africa with my best friends. Going on a safari would be awesome but that’s not what I would be there for. What’s really on my bucket list for Africa, is great white shark diving at Seal Rock off the coast of South Africa. It would be incredibly scary but seeing such a powerful creature that close would be a once in a life time experience. Plus, you only live once!

What is the most important personal attribute that you bring to your job?
My energy level! Woo!

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