Michelle Teno-Wachter has been with WEtech Alliance since 2010 as the Administrator for Member Services. Michelle is the “concierge” for WEtech—the greeter, caller and go-to-person for assisting with all WEtech inquiries. She’s the liaison for Windsor Essex Capital Angel Network (WECAN), one of WEtech Alliance’s partners, and she manages the content updates for our monthly newsletter.
Michelle brings a wealth of administrative experience and organizational skills from working at the Windsor Star for 32 years. In addition, Michelle opened her own evening and party attire consignment store, Formally Yours, which she continues to operate to this day.
“Embracing technology isn’t always easy for me, but I’m grateful for the new experiences and I have learned over the years at WEtech,” Michelle states. “I am proud to be a part of a team that motivates, accelerates and overachieves in ventures that are changing the Windsor-Essex landscape.”
If you’d like to learn more about Michelle, read on…
Q: Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
Q: You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
A: Yellow. It’s bright, vibrant and reminds me of sunshine.
Q: What were you like in high school?
A: I was a party animal!
Q: If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
A: A dolphin! They’re so free and graceful.
Q: What was the last gift you gave someone?
A: I gave my daughter a sculpture for her garden as an engagement gift.
Q: What Looney Tunes character do you most identify with?
A: Bugs Bunny.
Q: Scale of 1 to 10 how cool are you?
A: Maybe a 4?
Q: What would your pet say about you if we asked for a reference?
A: “She’s the best cuddler.”
Q: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
A: A friend of ours is a taxidermist. He’s always curing all kinds of meat. Boar. Rabbit. All kinds.
Q: What do you work toward in your free time?
A: Socializing! Spending time with friends!
Q: Favourite superhero?
A: Wonder Woman!
Q: Worst haircut you’ve ever had?
A: I had really, really short bangs.
Q: Which animal would make the best type of president if the animal kingdom ever rises up and takes over?
A: A bear. They’re no-nonsense.
Q: Have you ever tried to do something and you knew that you were going to be really bad at it, but you did it anyway? And what was it?
A: Our team outings! Paddle boarding. Curling. Yvonne gets us doing things out of our comfort zone. But I’ve done them. And it’s great to be pushed that way.
Q: You’re on death row. What’s your last meal?
A: Steak and lobster.
Q: Who would play you in a movie?
A: Julia Roberts.
Q: What is your best feature?
A: I like to think I’m a great greeter. I’m able to make people feel comfortable, that someone is listening to them.
Q: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
A: I have two. My daughters and my consignment store, Formally Yours, which I started in 2003. We’re still trucking along! That’s my proudest work-related accomplishment to date. We’ve been in Riverside for eight years. That’s what keeps me going.
Q: A penguin walks through the door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
A: “Hola! Where’s the pool?”
Q: What is one thing people don’t know about your role at WEtech Alliance?
A: Probably that I’m even there!
Q: What would you say to a startup just joining WEtech?
A: You’ll love the team. You’ll love the programs. We’re all here to help you.
Michael Seguin was born with a pen in his hands and too many words floating around his skull. Since then, he’s worked tirelessly to get them out. Unfortunately, more keep taking their place. After university, he began dabbling in marketing and journalism. At the age of 26, he became the first in-house writer at Windsor Life Magazine, an esteemed local publication. As the newest member of the WEtech Alliance team, Michael is dedicated to lending a voice to the tech sector around Windsor and Chatham-Kent