Nick Jeackjuntra


 

Head of Product Management

 

What is your role and function at WPS?


My responsibility as Head of Product Management is for the strategy, road map, and feature definition of our products. My goal is to build awesome products that people love and to ensure the company is profitable.

What issues or needs are you an advocate for inside the company?

I am an advocate for utilizing our resources on the right products/projects and for making the best business decisions by utilizing multiple data points. I am also an advocate for our customers and for ensuring we are listening to their wants and needs. Most importantly, I am an advocate for ensuring we keep our great culture at WPS.

How long have you been at WPS?

I have been with WPS since January 2, 2019, so you’ll have to do the math to figure out the length of tenure.

Where are you from? Where did you grow up?

I am a native Southern Californian, born in Bellflower, CA, and grew up in Torrance, CA.

Three personal things about you people probably wouldn’t know:

  • I enjoy woodworking, building tables, chairs, climbing walls, corn holes, etc. (my garage is full of sawdust).
  • I’ve traveled to 33 states and 13 countries, with a lot more to explore.
  • I’m lactose intolerant but love pizza, ice cream, cheese, milk—pretty much everything dairy—so we have a love-hate relationship: I love eating it and then hate myself afterwards.

What’s a big obstacle you’ve had to overcome in your life or career?

My parents are both from Thailand, so I grew up speaking Thai at home and didn’t learn English until I went to school. On top of being an English as a Second Language (ESL) student, I also had a lisp. My early years were pretty funny, as I would mix Thai and English words together in a sentence and then throw in a lisp to confuse things even more.

What’s your personal connection to the WPS mission?

For the last 10 years or so I’ve been searching for a company that truly serves others and makes products that help people. I have two young boys and have always had a soft spot for kids who aren’t able to live a “normal” life. At WPS, our products help clinicians diagnose and guide therapy options which will enhance these children’s lives. Everyone deserves to live their best life, and I am honored to be part of a company who cares more about the customers we serve than the bottom line.

What is your educational background?

I have a bachelor’s degree in marketing from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). GO BEACH!!!

I’ve been lucky in my life/career and have had a lot of great people around me from whom I’ve learned so much. These people have had more of an impact on who I am today than any formal education.

What’s something you’re currently studying or learning?

I am always looking to learn new things, and being very new to WPS and the clinical assessment industry, I have a lot to learn about the organization, customers, and industry. From a personal standpoint. I’m looking to learn how to play the Ukulele. I wanted to learn how to play the guitar, but I have short fingers, so I figured the Ukulele is more appropriately sized. My wife and I are also learning how to raise a strong-willed child (the second son is a lot harder than the first). In general, I am always looking to learn and have a long list of books to read.

What do you enjoy most about working at WPS?

People make the company, and WPS has a great group of people who share the same passion for helping others. We have a great culture and the work-life balance is amazing. It’s hard to find a company where they say people are the most important asset and treat them accordingly, but WPS definitely walks the walk.

What did you do before WPS?

I worked in the Software, Automotive, Toys, RV, Automotive Accessories, and Luxury Appliance industries in the last 18 years. Of those 18 years, the last 13 have been in the Product Management field.


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