GREAT TEAMS START WITH GREAT PEOPLE.
Meet Michel Sabourin.
What is your role at MorganFranklin, and what do you do?
I am a manager in our CPM and Technology enablement practice. I primarily do OneStream implementations for my clients, which can be consolidations of financials, reporting, planning, budgeting, and more.
Please tell us about your professional background and what led you to pursue a career at MorganFranklin.
Prior to MorganFranklin, I was with Capital One for over 17 years, the last two years of which I was involved in their OneStream implementation. A MorganFranklin recruiter reached out to me on LinkedIn. I was hesitant at first as I had never tried consultancy, but after a few more rounds of conversation and a great interview experience, I realized that MorganFranklin could provide me with the keys to having the career I truly want.
What appeals to you about your career focus in information management and technology/CPM?
In two words, problem solving. In a few more, I like not having to do the same job all the time. Each new client and each new task have complexities that make them different than what came before. I really like challenges and love when a client presents me with a seemingly impossible task that I can find a way to do.
What’s the best thing about being a OneStream consultant and developer?
I admit I’m biased, but OneStream is a perfect CPM tool. It is highly adaptable and can be used as an all-in-one tool to manage consolidations, budget and planning, people planning, and so much more. And unlike some other services, it is a mostly open service that allows for significant customization. Other CPM tools employ a black box model, meaning the inner workings are set as is and any customization must be done by the software manufacturer and usually at significant cost.
What do you think is unique about the culture at MorganFranklin?
I think it’s the feeling that everyone really cares about everyone else here. And not just on a superficial work level but personally and meaningfully. We’ve had some great conversations as part of the IDEAS Connect, Learn, & Grow series, and the genuine interest in everyone’s stories is palpable. It’s been a great way to get to know more people that I wouldn’t otherwise have had a chance to meet.
Art plays an important role in your life, whether it’s movies, writing, or music. If you could master one artistic skill, what would it be?
I’m fine being a jack-of-all-trades, master of none in this arena. But if I had to choose one, it would probably be music. I wish I played an instrument. (I played trombone in Junior High, but that’s not exactly a stand-alone sound.) I know it’s not too late, but the balance of time eludes me on that note. However, both of my sons have taken on the challenge and are working to master different instruments. My son Andrew has become a proficient guitar player and is improving every day. John, my youngest, sings, can play piano a little, and is starting to learn bass guitar. What really makes me proud is that they are self-taught. They possess a sense of self-esteem that I wish I’d had at their age. I might have actively pursued a music career.
You had some of your photography work featured at an art show. What’s your favorite place to shoot?
I love shooting nature and architecture equally. I like trying to find new and interesting ways of looking at things. I especially love macro photography (zooming in to fine details of a larger picture).
You’re also big movie buff. Which movies can you watch on repeat?
My perennial favorite is Casablanca. I’ve seen it countless times and watch it at least once a year. My video collection is pretty extensive and runs the gamut from French arthouse to schlocky 80s horror and everything in between. Depending on the mood of the day, I could probably pick from dozens of choices to rewatch.
Bonus question. Who is your favorite actor and actress?
Oh, this is a tough question. I can’t say I have a particular favorite actor, but among them in the modern era would be Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, and Daniel Craig. For actresses, Kate Siegel is a recent favorite, with Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Helen Mirren, and so many others on that list. What I love most in either gender is commitment to the character. I don’t mean method acting per se, but understanding and disappearing into a character is a real skill I admire.
If you had to compare your OneStream and CPM team to any fictional movie ensemble, who would they be?
Ocean’s Eleven, mostly because there are 11 of us currently, and we work together seamlessly to pull off the improbable.