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Here’s what happened in 2019 at Shield GEO!

We’ve had a wonderful year at Shield in 2019. We continued working with amazing clients, welcomed some new ones and continued to build stronger relationships with our local partners and employees.

Internally, we welcomed a huge number of new faces, and saw many of our team members transition into new roles. We had our first ever retreat in Thailand in April where we came together for training and collaboration as well as a lot of eating, swimming and sightseeing. We developed and rolled out our team values and completed an array of projects to help our systems and operations run more smoothly. On top of all this, we surpassed a number of sales and marketing goals which we’re very proud of.

Across our team we’ve had engagements, births and pregnancy announcements which have all been celebrated through countless GIFs, messages and emojis sent from all over the world. An amazing amount of travel and food photos have been shared along with family highlights and pet antics across various slack and skype chats.

To celebrate, acknowledge and shed some light on the fantastic things that have happened this year, we asked our team to share some of their personal highlights for 2019, you can read them below.

From our Shield family to yours, we wish you a very happy festive season and look forward to all that the new year will bring.

Big life events

This year phew…..I graduated from university, got married, bought/renovated our first home, gave birth to Elias, officially moved into our first home and joined Shield! What’s next? >.<

Lydia, Finance Associate 

I won a very important eviction case on my property in Mendoza and that’s both rewarding and a massive relief. 


Julieta, Global Mobility SME

 

Joining Shield!!!! and also moving back to Europe (Barcelona this time) where I knew absolutely no one and I have now made some of my greatest friends. 

Rosalyn, Global Mobility Associate

 

Buying our new house and moving in, was probably the biggest thing this year. Still can’t believe I have a child who’s in the “terrible 2” stage and she is alive. 

Katrina, Account Manager

 

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Moving into new home, pregnant with 3rd kid! 

Wee Yen, Head of Finance

 

I moved twice – now living at the beach!

Stella, HR, Talent and Culture

 

I got engaged to the most amazing man and the love of my life Roberto. I am truly happy and can’t wait to marry him in March! I have also got my PR for Australia and can’t thank Shield enough for this!

Svetlana, Head of Implementation

 

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I adopted a cat!

Sarah, UX Designer

 

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Little B starting college! (And me crying about it for days!) Pablo starting kindergarten. Seeing some light regarding our immigration status as a family!

Brenda, Customer Success Manager

 

My son is in his last year of high school and will be graduating soon, celebrating my 20th wedding Anniversary in Cabo San Lucas and getting back into Yoga and the gym. 

Gabi, Account Manager

 

Personal Developments

 

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Learning to prioritize time more efficiently and getting back into a good workout schedule (Still not as fit as I was in my college days, many, many, years ago). Getting Hank (the best dog in the world). Improving my communication skills (Listening, understanding, reflecting)

Spent a lot more time learning about myself and what I personally need to be happy/efficient/validated. Realized the value of mapping out the important things

Jake, Project Analyst

 

Learning the power of saying No to manage expectations (took 25+ years to figure this out!) building and managing soccer teams, being a “single mom” for the first time with 2 incredible teenage boys while my husband was on secondment in Berlin

Jennifer, Global Mobility SME

 

Really got into fitness and I’m now working out 4-5 times/week and am conscious about eating healthier.

Asia, Customer Success Operations

 

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Started trying to be more helpful which I am enjoying a lot. 
Spoke on stage without getting super nervous. 
Started seeing a therapist.
Got a bit stronger in my legs.
Made some progress on being a better listener, still have a way to go.

Tim, Co-founder

 

Reconnecting with old friends and making lots of new ones.  Reaching my fitness goals. My little girl turning 2 🙂 Getting a new car.  Getting more of the house decorated.  

Emma, Implementation Consultant

 

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Meeting amazing people across the globe. Upgrade of Diwatang Maria soaps’ packaging through our successful crowdfunding campaign.

Macon, Implementation Consultant

 

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Joined 2k open water swim and clocking 55 minutes. Started boxing 2-3 a week.

Jessica, Administrative Executive

 

Reconnecting with amazing college friends!
Saying no and feeling good about it!
Making tamarind margaritas at home! yum! (why did it take me so long!)
My cousin and 2 nieces visiting us in Minnesota at different points in the year!

Brenda, Customer Success Manager

 

Travel

Travel wise, Komodo National Park and Sri Lanka.  

Duncan, Co-founder

 

Meeting Shield teammates in person in Phuket, workations (Midwest trip and visiting my mom & dad in Florida),

Jennifer, Global Mobility SME

 

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Travelled to Amsterdam, Malta and Thailand (Shield retreat was rad!) for the first time. 
Traveling to California with Jose where he met my mom and close friends. 

Asia, Customer Success Operations

 

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Surfing in Siargao, travel in Europe that made me realise my purpose in life and dreams for my organic soap company.

Macon, Implementation Consultant

 

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Went to the Philippines, scuba dived, swam with whale sharks, a friend’s wedding,

Stella, HR, Talent and Culture

 

1st time travelling solo abroad.

Jessica, Administrative Executive

 

Spent 2 months travelling Australia, and went to Japan 🙂

Sarah, UX designer

 

Seeing my friends from Malaysia in San Francisco earlier this year, love those girls!
Meeting many of our colleagues Thailand! 
Going to Guadalajara after 15 years! love my country!

Brenda, Customer Success Manager

 

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I’m very lucky to have travelled a lot this year — I drove the East Coast of Australia and the West Coast of the States. Spent two magical weeks in NYC and I moved to Canada!

Bree, Journalist (me!)

 

Shield Highlights

Seeing our team grow so quickly. Meeting everyone at the retreat.
Finally moving closer to stepping away from the day to day Customer Success work! Enjoying the culture development and shift within Shield. 

Duncan, Co-founder

 

Joining Shield and going to Thailand! 

Jake, Project Analyst

 

Seeing the amazing growth and learning at Shield GEO just in one year!  Amazing!

Jennifer, Global Mobility SME

 

Moving to the Customer Success team in September. 

Asia, Customer Success Operations

 

Joining Shield, it’s not original but it is really a great thing that happened to me this year!

Julieta, Global Mobility SME

 

Got this amazing job with Shield 🙂 

Karla, Global Mobility Associate

 

Getting the job with Shield!!!!

Emma, Implementation Consultant

 

First company retreat in Phuket, restructure and building the finance team, increased collaboration with Nikki (Global Mobility Team Lead) (and Account Managers).

Wee Yen, Head of Finance

 

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Meeting (mostly) everyone from Shield GEO. Bonus, speaking to Duncan for the first time since I’ve started in 2011.
Doing more for internal onboarding.
Doing more difficult invoices.
Bookkeeping workshop.

Jessica, Administrative Executive

 

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Meeting the Shield team at the Thailand retreat for sure! 

Gabi, Account Manager

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