As his time with RedCloud is sure to fly by in the blink of an eye, we wanted to be sure to catch some time with Antoine, our newest intern. A rising junior at the University of Washington, Antoine is set to graduate in 2023 with his Bachelor of Art in Business Administration, focusing on Finance and Information Systems. We can already tell that he’s a self-driven and ambitious individual with a bright future ahead - always seeking new knowledge and bringing his hard work ethic to the table. In his free time, he loves rugby, soccer, football and snowboarding - so he also has plenty of fun stories to share with us, too. Read on to hear more about his experience so far on our team.
RC: Briefly describe your role and how long you've been at RedCloud.
AF: I am a Consulting Intern, working here at RedCloud since June, after the completion of my second year at the University of Washington as an undergraduate studying Finance and Information Systems. I have worked on a variety of projects, such as ensuring vendor compliance with one of our largest Fortune 500 clients, as well as planning a new environmental sustainability initiative within RedCloud.
RC: What was it like to join RedCloud (onboarding process)?
AF: My RedCloud onboarding process was about as seamless as it gets. I reached out to the RedCloud team indicating my interest in interning at the firm and was subsequently interviewed and offered a position shortly after. On my first day, I was warmly met by each individual in the office and was able to get straight to work.
RC: Given your background and other experiences, what stands out to you with RedCloud?
AF: After the recent RedCloud Summer BBQ event, I was very surprised at how great and welcoming all the people are. As a college student, I expected to feel a little out of place, but I could not have been more wrong. I met some amazing people, had great conversations, and felt like a part of the RedCloud community instantly.
RC: What originally drew you to RedCloud?
AF: I was originally drawn to RedCloud after working on a project with former intern David Liew. I worked on a consulting engagement with him through the UW Consulting & Business Development Center and was very impressed by his client management skills and analytical ability. I noticed he was interning at RedCloud Consulting and asked him about his work here, I heard great things, leading me to reach out.
RC: Where do you see the future of consulting or the future of RedCloud?
AF: I see Business Intelligence and Data Analysis becoming a huge area of growth within the consulting industry. As technology develops and impacts the way both humans and companies make decisions, being able to make informed data-driven recommendations will be of growing importance. This is already a large practice area at RedCloud and I can only see its growth continuing in the future.
RC: Name one piece of technology you couldn’t live without and why?
AF: Unfortunately, I will have to say my favorite and most used piece of technology is my phone. It is the easiest form of communication, highly mobile, and can be used for just about anything.
RC: What are you looking forward to the most this year with RedCloud?
AF:The area I am definitely looking forward to is having more client-facing projects. Through my brief experience in consulting, I’ve grown to love problem-solving in a team setting, as well as having the opportunity to work with business owners and decision-makers of varying experience and in varying industries. I’ve been fortunate to advise some business owners with 25+ years of experience and feel that I am making a positive impact on their business.