Sasha Martens Of Sasha the Mensch On Five Things You Need To Know To Successfully Manage a Remote Team

An Interview With Ben Ari


Keeping people motivated: All jobs experience ups & downs. It is important to celebrate the wins and successes when they come, as they are hard-earned. Small acts of recognition can go a long way in keeping people motivated and engaged.

As a part of our series about the five things you need to successfully manage a remote team, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sasha Martens, President and Founder of Sasha the Mensch.

Sasha Martens is the President and Founder of Sasha the Mensch, a global recruiting firm that brings hiring and talent solutions to advertising agencies, brands, and tech companies. Since 2006, Sasha has been a leader in recruitment for the advertising industry, working with teams across creative, account, strategy, and production disciplines.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Before we dig in, our readers would love to get to know you a bit better. What is your backstory?

I was a music promoter for nearly ten years before I got into recruiting. I quickly learned that the music industry could be unpredictable and that promoting concerts is not for the faint of heart. I always used to call disaster the industry standard, but, despite any difficulties I faced, the experience taught me so much and instilled in me a great appreciation for musicians.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?

Starting your own business comes with its ups and downs, but it does afford you the freedom to “choose your own adventure.” It has allowed me to work remotely around the world since 2008. As someone who spent many years on the cold midwestern planes, I am happy to live in a permanent state of summer.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?