JOURNEY TO THE VOID
Since the age of 14, Mikelle Cox has had a full-time job. Not only was she driven from a young age, but she also worked out of the necessity to pay for everything from braces to her college degree. Because of her young entry into the workforce, she found her passion early on.
“I loved solving problems and learning how successful businesses operated. From an early age, I knew business was the route I wanted to take,” says Mikelle Cox, director of administration at THE VOID.
After studying business at the University of Utah, she dabbled in marketing and event planning; but soon realized her real interest was in the behind-the-scenes operations of business.
Through a contact, Mikelle was introduced to Ken Bretschneider, who was running KPB Equities at the time. While she wasn’t looking for a job change, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to jumpstart her career. She also says she felt that she’d truly be able to make a difference at Ken’s company.
Eventually, one of Bretschneider’s main projects became THE VOID and Mikelle joined the team.
WORKING AT THE VOID
“Mikelle has been an integral part of establishing and maintaining a strong and successful company culture during our rapid growth,” says Kari St John, chief operations officer and president at THE VOID.
Since joining the team, Mikelle has worn many hats including running the day-to-day operations and human resources department.
In February, she went with a team to TED in Vancouver, Canada, to exhibit and put several hundred influential attendees through a demo of “Curse of the Serpent’s Eye.”
“TED was a once in a lifetime experience. It was a lot of work, with an even greater reward. I never imagined I would have the chance to attend TED in my lifetime – it was inspiring to see some of the most successful and influential men and women enter THE VOID as an adult and watch as their inner child came out in the experience. It made all the long hours and numb toes worth it,” says Mikelle.
She’s also helping develop different incentives and benefits for the employees. One is the Pay it Forward program, where each employee is given $150 to donate to an individual or charitable organization of their choice during December.
“Our key focus right now is building a fun, positive company culture and creating the best work environment for all of our amazing employees,” she says.
With all of the hats she’s worn, she’s also been featured in some of the company’s marketing campaigns.
“I’ve been pulled into a lot of different projects. I’ve done facial and body motion capture, filmed trailers and training videos, and modeled the hardware. I am not a model by any means but it’s been fun to help out. I’ve never done anything like it,” she says.
“She has the unique ability to establish a personal connection with everyone she works with from the initial introduction. She truly cares about each person and partner we work with and she focuses on creating an office environment where people are happy and motivated to do their best work,” St John continues,
We often refer to Mikelle and the team she directs as the heart of the company.
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT MIKELLE
WHAT INVENTION CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT?
WHAT I.P. DO YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE VOID?
For mental health & wellness
WHAT GAMES DO YOU LIKE TO PLAY?
Mario Kart & card games
HOW DO YOU DE-STRESS?
Backpacking & listening to audiobooks
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PET PEEVE?
Anything that’s unorganized
What other questions do you have for Mikelle about being Director of Administration? Ask her in the comments below!