A Day in the Life of Virtual’s VP of Finance

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Q&A with Jaci Cochran, Vice President, Finance.

What do you love about living in Tennessee?
: Tennessee is a beautiful state with four distinct seasons. The summers aren’t too hot, and the winters aren’t too cold. Nashville has plenty of food and entertainment options, even if country music isn’t your favorite genre. Also, go Predators!

What advice would you give someone hoping to pursue a finance career at Virtual?
JC: Know all the “Accounting 101” basics well. An understanding of basic bookkeeping is foundational to more complex accounting & finance issues. And there’s no such thing as a “dumb” question, except for the one you didn’t ask, so always feel free to ask, without hesitation.

What company value most resonates with you? What’s an example of that value playing out on a day-to-day basis?
JC: Teamwork. My team is spread out in multiple locations, so we are never physically together in the same office. I love how we all work together seamlessly to serve the company as if we were all in the same office together.

What have you learned the most about being the VP of Finance?
JC: The thing that I have learned the most about being a VP of Finance is leading a skilled team who enjoy their work and work well together. This is something that I never take for granted. I’m thankful for each of them every single day.

What makes you happy to come to work each day? What’s your motivation through those tough days? Let’s face it, we all have them!
JC: I love working with my team, and I love how our work makes an impact by providing relevant and reliable financial information that our management can use to make decisions to guide Virtual.

What is your favorite movie, book, food, music/band/song:
JC: Some of my favorite movies are Dances With Wolves; The Shawshank Redemption; The Count of Monte Cristo; Hamilton. For books it has to be The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff; A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins; Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry; and Gary Larson’s Far Side Galleries. As for music, I like lots of different kinds of music… rock, jazz, classical, and some old country, but I usually gravitate to U2.

What has changed most about your day-to-day routine from being in the office vs. working remotely?
JC: I miss seeing people in the office, but my actual work has not changed that much working remotely. I do love the shorter commute, and I don’t miss the traffic.


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