Knighted would not be the company it is today without its talented supervisors. Each month we are excited to proudly highlight some of our brightest and most committed leaders! This month, we are featuring Supervisors Jasmine Rodriguez of Players Casino and Sou Saephan of Cordova Casino. Read more to find out who took a Spring Break trip to Spain and which supervisor is a powerlifter.
Jasmine Rodriguez sat in the driveway of her mom’s house as we interviewed her over the phone. She had been driving a few minutes before but didn’t want to break any road rules, so she turned around to give us all of her attention. That’s really one of the first things you notice about Jasmine: she’s thoughtful about her actions, to the point where she’d rather inconvenience herself than anyone else.
Much of that comes from how she was raised. Even at an early age, she understood that her parents were working harder than any other adults she knew, and as the oldest child, it developed her work ethic and need to take care of others. This led to her passion for school and softball later on in high school: describing herself as someone who was “really worried about work and school,” she channeled much of her free time and responsibility to softball. A typical day for many years was to wake up, get her brothers ready for school, attend school herself, pick up her brothers from school, practice softball, go to work, do homework late into the night, and then sleep for a few hours.
(The fact that she’s one of Players Casino’s most trusted Operations Supervisors isn’t a shock to many.)
She’s built her adult life around the idea of responsibility, but Jasmine (or J-Rod or Maui, as some of her closest friends call her) has created a balance in this through leading others. She understands the importance of both work and fun, saying that she’s grown into “the happy, let’s-go-out-and-have-fun girl” that she’s very proud of.
As a Knighted Operations Supervisor, she feels that her favorite Associates to interact with are people who are “coachable and challenging themselves.” Personally, she struggled a lot with learning the games initially, and attributes her success to people like Rudy Valadez and Alice Leung; their blending of teaching and caring is something she tries to emulate now. She likes to develop people who aren’t set in their thinking, but who also enjoy thinking outside the box, and she’s a firm believer in if something’s not working, you should always try and teach yourself.
Some fun facts about Jasmine:
- She loves elephants. They’re able to work closely together but never lose their sense of protecting the pack. She also likes that they look “big & scary,” but they’re generally gentle creatures.
- The best gift she ever received was a Spring Break trip her senior year to Spain. She just got accepted into a prestigious college, and her parents and grandmother pitched in to send her to her aunt (who lived there at the time) for two weeks. It really opened her eyes to the world at large and loves to travel now because of it.
- Her main fitness goal right now is to do an unassisted pull-up. She works on this every day and has gone from seven plates to three plates on the assisted pull-up machine at the gym.
From behalf of everyone at Knighted, we thank Jasmine for her two and a half years with us!
When Sou Saephan was in his Senior year of high school, he was named volleyball team captain. If you know Sou, you’d think he’d be great at it, right? Sou in high school was not like the Sou we know now. Back then, he was known for being soft-spoken and keeping to himself, so the idea of leading a team of rowdy teen boys seemed disastrous. However, Sou accepted the challenge and he was able to successfully lead his team. Though this role wasn’t the transitioning point for the social butterfly we know now, this was one of the first moments he proved to himself that he can do anything he puts his mind to.
It wasn’t until a few years later that Sou would meet the person who would make one of the biggest impacts on his life – his college mentor. She was the person who really got him out of his shell. Getting him involved in a lot of clubs on campus, Sou began speaking up more, building relationships and unknowingly discovered his passion for giving back and helping those in need. In fact, a goal Sou is actively working on outside of work is his finding new ways to give back to the Southeast Asian community in Sacramento.
“I just want to be able to partner with organizations to educate the youth, and teach them the value of education”. The passion in Sou’s voice as he spoke more about opportunities to give back was moving. His humor and caring nature is definitely his superpower.
Another thing Sou is passionate about is his work as a Supervisor here at Knighted. If you would have spoken to him two years ago, he would not have thought he would be where he is now. Two years ago, Sou was going through a period where he was struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel and didn’t think he could see a future here.
Pheng Vu at Lotus opened my eyes to the endless opportunities at Knighted. He saw something in me, encouraged me to work harder and the rest is history. I’m glad I didn’t give up on myself.
This definitely held true during the process of him learning his favorite game, Tiles.
Going from reading and counting cards to counting dots was hard. I struggled at first with seeing the patterns. I really had to be persistent and after 4 months, I was able to get the game down.
During Sou’s time here, he’s realized that if you want to excel at Knighted, a skill one needs to develop is the ability to be a do-er. It’s important to be able to take feedback and apply it.
A few fun facts about Sou, aka Souki:
- Two things he is good at outside of work is NBA2K, and working out. He likes to set goals and surpass them annually. He had previously set a goal to be able to power lift 1,000 lbs and he was able to hit that goal! This includes bench pressing, deadlifts, and squats. His next goal is to hit 1,200 lbs.
- A movie Sou would recommend everyone go see is Crazy Rich Asians! “It’s a great romantic comedy that’s filled with great messages. I’d give it a 10/10”
- If Sou could witness one past event, it would be the existence of dinosaurs. “I’d love to go back to prehistoric times and get to live alongside dinosaurs. Have to live by making due with what you have. Make friends with the T-Rex, that way when other dinosaurs messed with you, your homie Souki the T-Rex could scare them away. I would definitely pay to see that.”
- Sou’s slogan for life would be to “expect the unexpected.”
Thank you for taking the time to speak with us Sou. Happy 4 year Knighted Anniversary and it’s a pleasure having you on the team!