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July 19, 2023 By Melissa Beck

Why I picked Sumo Logic to grow my career in sales

Todd Hicks
Sumo Spotlight highlights Sumo Logic employees from around the globe. This spotlight features Todd Hicks, Regional Director of Commercial Sales based in Denver, CO.

Describe your role at Sumo Logic

I started my journey at Sumo Logic more than seven years ago as a Mid-Market account executive and was part of the founding Denver team. Today I lead the Commercial South Pursuit team that is charted with new logo acquisition and go-to-market strategies. Prior to that, I led various SDR teams across the US, focused on generating new logo pipeline and customer acquisition. Additionally, I led the Midwest Mid-Market Sales team and the North Mid-Market Expansion team prior to departing Sumo in early 2022.

During my Sumo tenure, I left the company briefly to explore another opportunity. While my departure only lasted 4 months, I had time to reflect on my long term goals and aspirations in technology sales which all pointed back to Sumo. I missed the technology, the amazing culture, and my extended family of colleagues who always pushed me to be the best version of myself.

What do you like most about your job and/or team?

Honestly, what I like the most is working with all types of customers and organizations to tackle interesting use cases. At the end of the day getting to see the value realization through their lens is exciting and validates our technology and the market we are disrupting. From a people perspective, I’ve met some amazingly talented people that I have developed lifetime friendships with and I continue to be amazed and proud at how everyone is willing to help and come together to collaborate.

What has your experience been with our company culture?

The culture is one of the driving factors as to why I chose Sumo Logic and why I continue to make this a place to grow my career. Being able to collaborate with people from all types of backgrounds and experiences brings new perspectives and ways of approaching the complex problems we are looking to solve.

What parts of our mission and/or values do you connect with?

I would say “A Learning Culture” and “We’re in it with our Customers” resonate the most. Being able to take on new challenges and responsibilities lends itself to a level of discomfort that ultimately has helped me grow as a sales professional within the company. With that comes mistakes and reflection that allows for iteration and the ability to refine your craft.

The relationships I have developed at Sumo Logic will go far beyond my time here and is a big reason why I love working here (and why came back).

How do you spend time outside of Sumo Logic?

Outside of work, the bulk of my free time is spent chasing around my two active sons and preparing for the third addition (another boy). I love to travel, cook, and expose my sons to as much as possible while they are still young.

What have been your biggest/proudest accomplishments while at Sumo Logic?

One of the things I’m most proud of during my time at Sumo Logic is the ability to grow and take on new responsibilities to kick start a fulfilling career. I’m also proud of having a hand in growing a remote office into our second largest office, it’s been very fulfilling to be part of the close community of Denver Sumos.

Name a role model or person who inspires you?

My dad has always instilled a strong work ethic and has been one of my biggest supporters. He made a lifetime career in tech sales and is always someone I could look for guidance and to bounce ideas. His strongest characteristics are the ability to bring humor and his true self to any setting.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Sumo?

My favorite things about working here are the people, product, and growth opportunities. The relationships I have developed at Sumo Logic will go far beyond my time here and is a big reason why I love working here (and why I came back). I believe in our product and technology which is always evolving and presenting new learning opportunities. Seeing my colleagues grow into new roles and take on leadership opportunities demonstrates the investment and trust Sumo puts into its people.

Share one thing that your coworkers don’t know about you

I once gave a Tony Award-winning performance as Baloo the Bear in a 5th-grade disco interpretation of the Jungle Book

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Melissa Beck

Melissa Beck

Sr. Director of Global Communications

Melissa is a strategic communications professional with 20+ years of experience developing and scaling global communications and influencer programs. Currently, she leads global communications for Sumo Logic focusing on corporate thought leadership, customer advocacy, employee communications and social media. In addition, she runs Sumo Logic's Customer Advisory Board.

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