Meet Tyler Benson, LocateSmarter Product Manager
We continue our Meet the Team series. This month, we introduce you to Tyler Benson, LocateSmarter Product Manager. Tyler got his start in the collections/data industry in 2010 facilitating analytics for a collection agency, and then began at LocateSmarter in 2014 serving in various roles in both sales and product development. Continue reading to learn what motivates him, what products are next on the LocateSmarter roadmap and which superhero Tyler repeatedly dressed up as for Halloween.
Q&A’s with Tyler Benson:
How did you get your start in the collection industry?
“I have been in the collections industry for over 7 years now. The first 4 years I spent as a summer intern facilitating data analytics for CBE Companies. After graduating from Virginia Tech, I then started with LocateSmarter. I’ve held positions in analytics, sales and now product development.”
What motivates you in your current role of Product Manager?
“Hands down it has to be the potential in the data industry that has yet to be realized. I also have the great privilege of being mentored by a phenomenal management team and I lean on them to help me learn and grow.”
LocateSmarter recently launched a new skip tracing product that updates consumer addresses whether it’s due to missing apartment numbers or a change of address. So, how many places have you lived in your lifetime?
“Over my lifetime, I have lived in 5 states: Iowa (multiple cities), South Dakota, Missouri, Virginia (multiple cities), and Maryland. If someone was trying to locate me, they’d definitely need a good address product.”
What is one thing other people may not know about you?
“I summitted Mount Kilimanjaro in February 2015. It was an 8-day climb. Next, I’d like to climb Aconcagua in Argentina.”
Since you’re Product Manager, we have to ask… what exciting new products can we expect next?
“We are in the process of finalizing an unverified place of employment (POE) solution and we are entertaining the thought of providing a verified POE solution as well.”
Halloween is right around the corner. So, growing up, what was your favorite Halloween costume?
“Probably Batman, I was that for 3 or 4 years in a row.”
All LocateSmarter employees take the Clifton StrengthsFinder test. What are your strengths and how do you think they have helped you succeed in your position?
“My top strengths (in order) are: Futuristic, Strategic, Competition, Ideation and Analytical. I find that in my current role there is a great fit for these qualities – we have a very innovative approach towards the development of the information services industry and I am constantly leveraging each of these traits in different ways in order to put our company in a position to create long-term value both internally and externally.”
What is your favorite quote?
“Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish” by Steve Jobs. Steve was a controversial individual but he changed the world indefinitely. His vision and his off-the-wall approach is what attracted me to his success. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t consider this phrase and live by it.”
What do you wish more people in the data/collection industry knew?
“I wish everyone knew how much upside the data industry has in terms of enhancing the quality and accuracy of the data it provides. I think the questions that should be asked of data providers are the tough ones. The ‘Why do you do this?’, ‘Why do you do that?’, ‘Can it be better?’ kind of questions.”
Get to know Tyler Benson even more by connecting on LinkedIn.
Author: Tyler Benson
As Product Manager at LocateSmarter, Tyler is bringing his numbers-driven experience to the forefront to help clients implement more cost-effective and compliant skip tracing strategies through LocateSmarter products and services. Tyler enjoys hiking and participating in volleyball and soccer.