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Meet RentMoola: Owen, The Marty McFly Of Finance

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Nestled in the heart of downtown Vancouver and downtown Toronto, RentMoola team members can be found performing a variety of different roles that make RentMoola the well-oiled machine that it is today.

RentMoola “opened for business” in 2013 with three powerhouses behind the wheel: Patrick Postrehovsky, Co-Founder and CEO, Phillipp Postrehovsky, Co-Founder and COO, and Andrew McLeod, CSO.

RentMoola now boasts nearly 30 employees in our Vancouver and Toronto offices to make sure that our product is the very best that it can be, and to make sure that our users have the Cadillac of customer experiences.

One by one, we’re excited to introduce our team members. Each member of our team is here not only because they’re ridiculously talented–but because they love what they do.


 

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Meet Owen, he’s been on the RentMoola team for nearly 1 year now as the Vice President of Finance. Amongst many of his other duties (including being the Marty McFly of finance), he’s responsible for managing cash flow, prepping budgets, analyzing and compiling financial statements and strategizing initiatives to ensure the overall financial health of our company. He has a passion for start-ups, basketball and is soon-to-be married! We asked him a couple of questions to help you get to know the man behind the calculating machine.

  1. Give us a short description of your past employment experience and how it led you to your current role at RentMoola.

My career really first started in public practice accounting on Vancouver Island.  I worked towards getting my Canadian CA designation and decided, while three day exams were still fresh in my memory, to go after my US CPA license and possibly work south of the boarder.  In the end, family and friends kept me in Victoria where I stuck around to run the Finance department of a Real Estate company of about 150 realtors.  My experience couldn’t have worked out better for my current role with RentMoola.  Public practice taught me all about auditing, tax and accounting while my US CPA designation prepared me for RentMoola’s expansion focus into the US.  Working in Real Estate also gave me a great introduction to the pain points of property management as well as managing a finance team.  All of these past experiences have left me feeling well equipped for the challenges that lie ahead.

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  1. What was it that first interested you in working for RentMoola?

What’s interesting is that the company I worked for previously also had a property management division to their business that was only a fraction of the real estate division but took up an equal portion of my time. I knew there had to be a better way to processing rent payments than reconciling cheques and collecting cash at reception. Having gone to the same boarding school as the two founding brothers of RentMoola, the company was always on my radar through social media channels.  When I called to see how it could integrate with what I was trying to accomplish I quickly identified it as a company I had to work for. I’ve never looked back.

  1. If you could describe RentMoola in one sentence, what would it be?

From a product perspective I would use the word streamlined but from a culture perspective I would say collaborative. I’m thankful to be surrounded by such a talented group of individuals in all their respective areas. We all bring an important piece of the puzzle to the table. Together we’re building something special that as individual parts we could only dream of. In a sentence, ‘The whole is greater than the sum of its parts’.

  1. If you could have dinner with any one person, living or dead, who would they be and why?

Ruling out family and friends, I would pick someone funny because life is too short not to spend it laughing. Maybe Jerry Seinfeld…there’s also a great chance he would pick up the tab.

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  1. If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?

My wife might say cooking but I would say being present. With all the emphasis given to reaching goals and looking to tomorrow I often forget to be thankful for where I am today and living in the moment.

  1. If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future and why?

That’s a tough one. It feels like choosing between Back to the Future I or Back to the Future II.  Although it’s got to be the original when it comes to the movie, I’m all-in with the future when it comes to real life.  It would be fascinating to see where the world will be in twenty years only to go back and put yourself at the forefront of every great idea. Plus, it would make playing the stock market a piece of cake.

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  1. Word around the office is you’re getting married! Congrats. How did you meet your soon-to-be wife?

I met my wife-to-be through a number of mutual friends. She played varsity basketball for the University of Victoria and so did many of my friends. Victoria is a small city and the basketball community is pretty tight. It was really only a matter of time before our paths crossed and I couldn’t be happier they did. The sporting backgrounds can make for a competitive household but we push each other in amazing ways and I wouldn’t want anyone else in my corner.

  1. If you could give one piece of advice about planning a wedding what would it be?

Start early and don’t sweat the small stuff.  The day isn’t about being perfect. It’s the hiccups you’ll remember and laugh about later. What’s most important is that you have fun because you’ll never have that same group of people together under the same roof again.

Hailey Whitt

The author Hailey Whitt

Hailey is the Community and Design Manager at RentMoola. She's also a painter, illustrator, DIYer and yoga enthusiast.

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