We would like to take this time to announce our new Director of Corporate Development, Mike Judd. With the ever-changing demands in our industry and new records being broken, Mike is now moving into a more paramount role with Riverside Payments. Mike started his career with Riverside in July, 3 years ago. He was ready to do things on his own and wanted to be his own boss. Mike wanted his productivity to reflect on his own work, which he hasn’t been able to find at other companies. He truly enjoys his career with Riverside. He stated, “if you work hard, you reap the benefits here.”
Mike started as an outside sales representative. He trekked this path for about 8 months. His deals funded well, so Riverside had him try his hand in the Marketing Department. He ran it for a few months and decided it wasn’t quite his cup of tea. He went back out into the sales field with intense successes and motivation. He soon began training others and saw his niche. The trainees were becoming very successful. Riverside began having him travel to train. Mike has been in this position for the last 2 years.
When asked what has propelled his own career, Mike stated, “All of the like-minded people around me who want the same things I do, who want to be successful, that get fulfillment out of reaching goals, and bettering themselves is what has propelled me. When people around me do better, I push myself”. Mike credits his esteemed success to his childhood. Growing up, it was just Mike and his mother. His mother lived off of disability and food stamps. Free lunches were a normal part of life for him. Mike remembers clearly how poor they were. They did all of their shopping at Goodwill and Value Village. Mike knew from an early age he wanted to break the cycle. He notes that he had a good childhood, and while monetary items do not define who you are, he wanted to give his kids a good life and more than he was able to have. Mike also gives credit to his wonderful partner, Amber, who also is a prominent part of the Riverside Payments family. They have two beautiful daughters together and are proud of the life they have been able to build for them.
In his new role as Director of Corporate Development, Mike Judd is able to focus his attention on other departments; while improving each department and making room for more growth. He plans on riding the waves, finding the kinks in those departments and smoothing them out as he knows best to do.
For his famous words, Mike gives us this vigorous advice, “find your whys. Mine are my kids and my close-knit family. Know that you can be greater than you think you can be.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Mikey! Congratulations again, on your new role with Riverside!
Written by Helen Simpson-Orcutt