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Meet Steve Bentley

Working with law firms must be in Steve Bentley’s blood. Steve’s mother was a law firm administrator and his first summer job was in a law firm. “I started working in my first law firm the summer of my sixteenth birthday,” explains Steve. “I had the option of either digging ditches in the hot Arizona sun for my father’s construction company or finding an inside job with another company. I quickly found a nice job in an air-conditioned law firm as a runner/ file clerk.”

Steve discovered he liked the law firm environment and subsequently worked for four other law firms over the next twenty-plus years. “I worked my way up from clerk to accounting to office administration,” says Steve.

Steve’s career at Omega began in November 1996. “I started out in customer support on the phones,” he recounts. “I enjoyed talking with the clients and getting to know the people. When a Project Management position became available, I told Linda Brower that I would be interested in talking about the position. The next thing I knew I was on a plane with a Senior Project Manager observing an upgrade. From that first day I realized what I wanted to do ‘when I grew up’.”

After three years at Omega, Steve left to work at a 65-attorney law firm in Phoenix as their Controller. But, it seems, he couldn’t stay away from Omega. After one and one-half years at the law firm, Steve returned to Omega in May 2001 and has been at Omega ever since. “Omega is my home,” Steve explains. “It’s where I belong. I missed the other employees and the management staff at Omega. It’s more like my extended family than a job.”

Let’s get to know a little bit more about Steve:

Family?I have a sister who is three years older than me. She also lives in Phoenix and is in the construction industry (following in my father’s footsteps). I’ve been married to Diane, my wife, for 21 years. We attended the same high school, but didn’t date until the summer after graduation. We have one son, Justin, who will be 17 in November. We also have two dogs, Abby and Max, and a cat, JC (Justin’s cat). I have to thank my wife for giving me the opportunity to have this job. Diane stayed home so that I could have a traveling job. She takes care of all the household and kid issues.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I loved to travel and play tennis. From about 9 yrs old through high school I took private tennis lessons. I wanted to be a professional tennis player (this was in my thinner days).

Any hobbies? One of my favorites is travel. However, depending on my work travel schedule, a good vacation for me is staying home. My wife and I also have different ideas—she likes the mountains and I like the water. I also enjoy gardening. I have several planter beds in my front and back yard and I enjoy changing them out often. I spend a lot of time in the gardening section at Home Depot and Lowe’s. I normally have to hide the receipts from my wife.

What have you always wanted to do, but haven’t done yet? I want to spend more time traveling outside the US.

What’s the biggest challenge in your current position? As the Software Specialist at Omega, I conduct all the product demos for prospective new clients. This often involves a lot of travel, which is now a real hassle following 9/11. Also, I don’t like getting in front of people to speak. I get very nervous and I’m basically a shy person until I get to know someone. But, once I get past my shyness, there’s no stopping me!

What do you like best about working at Omega? Besides really liking what I do, I think the best thing about Omega is the people. Again, it’s more like an extended family than just people you work with. I’ve worked in five different law firms—some using a financial system other than Omega. So I know how our product compares to the competition. It’s made it very easy for me to do my job because I believe in our product.