Susan Miracle has watched Composable Systems grow from a tiny startup to a full-fledged company over the past 10 years but it was just this January that she officially joined the team as our Director of Finance. In July 2017, Susan stepped up to the plate as our Director of Operations. She’s worked in a variety of behind-the-scenes roles over the last decade and I thought it was about time she gets her moment of Composable fame.
What did you want to be when you were five years old? I wanted to be a veterinarian.
Any reason why? I loved animals. I grew up with horses, a cow, rabbits, dogs, cats. And honestly I still want to be a veterinarian.
It’s still what you want to do when you grow up? [Laughs.] Yes, I just haven’t done it yet.
Who do you consider to be your life mentor? John Calabrese. He was someone I worked for at GE that had a lot of experience and wisdom. He did a very good job at helping me find what was right for me at that point in my life versus what would have been the right choice for me career wise.
Is there something else you want to learn how to do? The stuff related to Power BI because from conversations with people it relates to some of the things I’ve done with past jobs in trying to carve out pieces of data or match pieces of data. I’m actually going to take some PluralSight training to learn how to do some of that and make a database that we can play with.
What’s one thing you still have from your childhood? It’s a stuffed Ewok. Wicket, specifically, is his name from the Return of the Jedi movies that was given to me when I was pretty young. When we were recently moving I found him and was quite excited that I still had him.
What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done? Probably white water rafting on the upper Gauley. I had never been white water rafting and I did a father/daughter trip with my dad, his friend from his office and his friend’s daughter. We put in our raft in a class 3 rapid. It was all class III, IV, and V. It was a very exhilarating experience.
What do you have to have with you at all times? My phone. As a mom, it’s what keeps me in contact with my kids when they’re other places. I keep it with me almost all the time, except when I am at home with my kids.
What’s one achievement you want to complete in your lifetime? That’s a tough one. I don’t know that it’s necessarily related to me but I would like to see Composable continue to grow and add people and provide the unique services that we’ve been providing and continue to have the flexibility and the work environment that we have and not lose that if we are to grow. Maintain the small company feel while still expanding and growing, basically? Yes, I like knowing everybody on a personal level and being friends with the employees here.
What advice would you give to yourself 10 years ago? Find something you love and do it. Seriously, that is exactly what I would say.
What’s the best thing about Composable? The people. We wouldn’t be Composable without the people what we have and I think that’s why it’s so important to me in the decisions that we make to try to take care of our people. because without good people Composable isn’t successful. When I think about the jobs that I’ve had that I enjoyed and the ones that I didn’t, I think of the ones that were really bad but I still made it through and it was always because of the people that were there with me. I know it’s a cliche answer for someone with an HR background, but we truly have some of the best people and I’m lucky to be surrounded by them every day.
Susan Miracle, Director of Operations and wife to co-owner Bryan Phillips, has always been a part of the Composable team but since officially joining the team in the office she has truly become a member of the Composable family.