We’re thankful that so many customers use commonsku as the platform to power their business and many of you have asked about our team so, we thought we would share more about the people behind the platform!
Ashley Colautti has spent the last twelve years working as a distributor in Toronto. Beginning as an office admin, Ashley worked her way up to Senior Account Manager and along the way, her and her team deployed commonsku in their distributorship to streamline the order process and utilize a cloud-based system that would enable them to work from multiple locations across Canada. Ashley enjoyed the platform and the community so much, she insisted on being a part of it! You can learn more about Ashley below and connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn.
I am an Account Manager and the exciting moments are when distributors see how commonsku can change the way they work and make their life easier.
How did your childhood home or town help shape your worldview and how you think?
I was born in Brampton, Ontario and grew up in Milton. It was a farm town when we lived there, the kind of place where kids played outside until the street lights came on and everyone knew everybody's business. I was lucky that my parents took us on adventures and we traveled a fair bit as kids. As a teenager, I couldn’t wait to get out of the small town and into Toronto, I would jump on the bus to union station every chance I could get.
Where was the most exciting and enjoyable place that you lived?
A tie between Xian, China and Jakarta, Indonesia. Both places I lived and worked as an English teacher after college.
Where have you traveled?
All over the States, Canada, Mexico, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Italy, Belgium, France, and Holland.
What was your favorite trip?
It’s hard to pick a favorite but my time in Naples, Italy was pretty magical! The history of the city...everything was built on top of the old...and there is a maze of historical places underground. We stayed in this eclectic Airbnb down a back alley with secret rooftop garden and a view of several castles. One night, fireworks were literally coming through the open window at 2am. We asked the owner in the morning if there was some kind of celebration that we didn’t know about, he replied, “no, it’s just Tuesday in Naples!" (The pizza alone is worth the trip!)
What hobbies/interests do you have?
I love food and wine and trying out new recipes, I’m a collector of hobbies, painting, signing up for free fitness trials, and riding my bike around the city (when it’s not freezing). I love biking as it makes me feel so free and reminds me of my childhood. It’s also a thrilling challenge avoiding getting “doored.”
What do you enjoy doing when not at work?
All of the above and of course hanging out with my husband, my 2 ½-year-old son, and friends. We’re the party house so we almost always have some kind of dinner party every weekend.
- Film: This answer is always changing but when it comes to favorite movies, of recent memory is "Brooklyn" directed by John Crawley. It’s so beautiful I want to watch it again now!
- Music: Anything but my husband's German Disco beats (and don't tell anyone I'm warming up to country music!)
- Book: I’m halfway through Becoming by Michelle Obama and loving it. Spoiler alert, Michelle was Barack’s boss when he was a law intern!
- Art: Classic Edgar Degas, modern Jean-Michel Basquiat
The last band I saw was Childish Gambino and I was blown away by his performance. How can one person be so talented??
What accomplishments are you most proud of?
Convincing commonsku to hire me!
What hobby or skill would you like to develop (but haven’t found the time to do so just yet)?
I want to work on public speaking skills, so I feel more comfortable in front of the camera and on stage. My goal is to one day grace the stage at a commonsku event!What is your favorite boring activity?Marie Kondo’ing my house. So much joy!
If this afternoon, you suddenly found yourself without anything to do and you decided to just go hang out somewhere outside (with no agenda, no appointments, no obligations), where would you go?
Let’s pretend it’s summer, I’d go pick up my little one and head to Sunnyside pool for a swim. We’d get ice cream and french fries for a picnic on the beach. He’d build sandcastles while I read a good book in the sun. On the bike ride home, we’d stop at Alimentari on Roncesvalle for fresh pasta!
What odd or secret skill do you have that no one really knows about?
I can still do a cartwheel. I was an official member of TBS (Toronto Bead Society).
People or things? In other words, do you gravitate to projects or people more?
Both! I like making things with friends. My pals Gordon and Jess are always coming up with new activities to try, whether it’s trying to make our own clothes, making perogies, building a robot, or making the world's most expensive granola bars, we’re not the type to just sit around!
Best cup of coffee in Toronto?
Sovereign on Davenport at Dufferin. Amazing coffee and it feels like you’ve beamed yourself into a hip cafe in Florence. You can even get a boozie drink there. ;)