Singlewire Spotlight: Nate Patera

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How long have you been at Singlewire and what’s your position?

I joined the Singlewire sales team as a business development representative just over five years ago. I am currently an account manager.

Please describe what you do at Singlewire.

My title is account manager and I do a little bit of everything on the sales side of the house. From answering questions for customers and partners, to product demonstrations, quotes and order submissions; it’s really a variety of doing whatever is needed.

What do like best about working at Singlewire?

The people here are fantastic—we truly have a great group and it makes coming to work enjoyable. The industry we’re in and the technology we work with is interesting and always evolving. Emergency notification is increasingly relevant in today’s society and very important to our customers, making what we do here at Singlewire meaningful and rewarding.

What have you gained from working at Singlewire?

Friendships and a rewarding career! It’s fun working at Singlewire in large part because of the people I work with. I came to Singlewire because I recognized it as a company well positioned for growth in an exciting field, and it has been fun taking on additional responsibilities and growing professionally within the company.

Where do you see Singlewire in the next five years?

Wow, this is fun to think about because I started here just over five years ago now, and our product and company have come such a long way since then. I see Singlewire further solidifying our leadership role in the emergency notification space. Our recently released Fusion platform is a game-changer for us, and as awesome as it is today, our development team is continually working to make it even better with some exciting updates coming even just around the corner, much less all the cool stuff they keep under lock and key that I don’t even know about yet. I think we’ll all like where we’re at in five years.

What are your favorite things to do outside of work? 

My two favorite activities are fishing and golfing.  Top water bass fishing is my favorite. There’s nothing like a largemouth bass smashing your buzzbait on dead calm water, but trout fishing is a close second because you’re typically surrounded by nature and peace and quiet. So it’s a little more relaxing and therapeutic. I love the challenge of golf and that feeling when you hit it just perfect; it just doesn’t happen as often as I’d like though!

I’m a big Green Bay Packer fan so I always look forward to football season, and I try to keep up on current events because I think it’s important to know what’s going on in the world. 

What TV show or movie are you most ashamed to admit you love?

Haha, well I’m not ashamed of it but my daughter probably thinks I should be, and that’s “Alaska the Last Frontier.” Homesteading in Alaska is such a different way of life than most of us will ever experience, and I think it’s great how self-sufficient they are.  

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? 

Pizza. Because it’s awesome. Need I say more?

Tell us a little about your family.

I am the very proud father of my daughter, Kiah. I’m happy to say Kiah is currently a sophomore in college and studying to be an accountant. I remember doing puzzles with her when she was only about three years old, and she was already better at it than me and other adult family members, at that age!  Kiah would pick up a piece and just effortlessly snap it into place, while we adults just looked at each other in bewilderment. She’s had a similar relationship with numbers and pretty much school in general, so I’m excited for her and her future.   

Do you have any special talents?

It’s been a while, but I used to be able to spin a basketball on any finger on my right hand. I think with a little practice I could still do it pretty well. I never played much basketball, but one day back in high school I just picked up the basketball while at a friend’s house and started trying to spin it. I kept practicing until I was good at it. 

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