Meet Devin Ashley Rabon, FrogSlayer’s Chief of Staff from Round Rock, Texas. She migrated to College Station to study at Texas A&M University and applied to be Ross Morel’s executive assistant when she was a senior in college in 2015. She loved FrogSlayer so much that she decided to make it her permanent home and has been FrogSlayer’s Chief of Staff for the past year.
What is your personal mantra/motto you choose to follow and why?
I don’t know that I have just one but a good one is “never stop doing your best just because you don’t get recognition for it.” Being told “good job” really does go a long way and feels great to hear, but sometimes I think people start to doubt themselves when they aren’t constantly reminded that they’re doing good. That shouldn’t get in your way of being the best you.
What has your career progression been like?
Over the past four years FrogSlayer has experienced tremendous growth, and as a result, so have I. I would not be in the position I was in if it weren’t for (1) finding my passion & fulfilling my purpose, (2) the sheer amount of opportunities that are provided to me and (3) the flexibility to carve out my own career path. In fact, FrogSlayer encourages its professionals to carve their own career paths and pursue their passions.
I started out as the Executive Assistant to the CEO, Ross Morel. In the beginning I learned about client development, people operations, marketing, finance, software projects, and more. I found everything extremely exciting and wanted to continue to do more. As I was nearing the end of my senior year of college, I had been dropping bugs in Ross’ ear about the things I could take off of his plate – at the time this bug revolved around people operations as I am very people driven.
Once I graduated, I became FrogSlayer’s Office Manager and quickly grew into the Business Operations Manager. Our active accounts grew tremendously in 2016 and Ross wanted to focus the majority of his efforts on Sales, Client Development, Consulting, and Project Operations – because of this I was able to take over virtually all of People Operations and most of Finances. I stayed in this role for about two years.
Honestly, I thought the function I was carving out and going to stay in was People Operations, but late in 2018 I became Chief of Staff to the CEO, Ross. This role means different things for different firms – for us this means that the majority of my responsibilities fall into two major categories: day-to-day management and strategic initiatives. In a sense, I’m a shield to Ross so that he can focus his efforts working on the firm instead of in it, while also directing him to certain functional areas or general issues of the firm that may need his attention or guidance. I still oversee People Operations and Finance, but I’m working to make myself redundant in People Operations as we scale.
What does a typical day look like for you? What are your hobbies?
On a typical day, I wake up around 5 am, go to the gym, come home to make breakfast and get ready for work. Most of my work is spent around people operations but I do work in our financial operations as needed, usually on a set schedule each month. After work I head home to take care of my two puppies, cook dinner, and relax by reading or by teaching myself to play the guitar – my current personal project.
Working out, playing with my dogs, and learning new things pertaining to my career are probably my biggest three hobbies. Besides hanging out with friends and family, of course.
What’s your favorite part of being Chief of Staff to the CEO?
Definitely that no two days are the same and getting to work closely with our CEO, Ross Morel.
Where do you see the world of technology in 10 years?
In 10 years I imagine that we will rely on technology more than we do now. My hopes are that as technology continues to evolve it will do so for the good of people and the betterment of our society.
On a more serious note, I expected to have a hover car by now. I don’t need my car to drive itself! I find driving relaxing. I just want a hover car! Is that too much to ask for?
Devin’s life-long goal of finding a career which would allow her to help people, unexpectedly brought her to FrogSlayer – a place where she is now able to touch at minimum 30+ lives a day. “My favorite thing about working at FrogSlayer is the people. All of the benefits, opportunities, and extra perks are amazing and I’m so thankful to work for a place that can offer so much, but it’s the people who drive it home for me. They are all so hardworking, passionate, caring and growth-oriented that it motivates me each day to be better for them and better for myself.”