ITA Spotlight: Backstop Solutions Group, Omri Benami, Solutions Consultant
Monday, February 25, 2019
Posted by: Kaylin Berg
Omri Benami, Solutions Consultant, Backstop Solutions Group, @OmriBenami94
Omri is a Solutions Consultant at Backstop Solutions Group. He’s a jazz pianist, sports blogger, and native New Yorker.
Chicagoan by birth or relocation?
I relocated to Chicago in 2016, but I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.
If you relocated, what brought you to Chicago?
I went to Grinnell College, and after graduation, I found an opportunity to work for Morningstar Inc. in Chicago.
What about Backstop was appealing?
Backstop presented itself as a great opportunity for me to work at a fast-paced, fast-growing company, while gaining exposure to FinTech and the institutional investment industry. Also, since Backstop is a smaller firm, I knew I’d instantly have more impact and responsibility.
What other roles have you held in the industry? How did they lead you to where you are now?
I worked in a Client Solutions/Relationship Management type role at Morningstar, managing a book of Asset Managers and large Advisory firms who had both data and software relationships with the company. I also had work experience in tech and wealth management before that.
What do you like most about what you do?
Every day is different, and brings new challenges. I get to go into the weeds and learn everything about some very interesting firms, their investment world, processes, and the challenges they face. Being in Solutions Consulting also positions me to interact and work with nearly every other department at Backstop. From Marketing and Sales to Product Management, and Professional Services, each of these teams is crucial to my success and vice versa.
What did you want to be when you were in kindergarten?
A Baseball Executive.
What’s the best advice that you’ve ever received?
Ask the right questions. There’s a lot of information and clutter out the world today, and people’s time is scarce and valuable. Whether you’re speaking with a prospect, a client, or a partner, asking questions that show them you understand their business and their challenges is the key to establishing yourselves as an advisor and allowing them to trust you.
What success are you most proud of?
After a few years of trying to break into the sports journalism area (as a hobby) I got an opportunity to write for a website covering my favorite basketball team, the Brooklyn Nets. It’s something that I didn’t have much of a background in aside from being a fan, and I later became an editor for the site. That made me proud.
Who has had the biggest influence on your career?
My parents. They taught me to be persistent, and always give 110% percent. They also made me stick with music, and the conservatory experience, which I really think is reflected in my work ethic now. They came to the U.S with nothing, and I can only hope to be as successful as they have, at everything they do.
If money was no object, what would your dream job be?
A Jazz piano player.
This one is all you! Tell us anything. Any topic at all.
I’ve been playing piano for over 17 years now. After my classical conservatory days, I started studying Jazz music and have been doing that for the last 8 years or so. I’ve played festivals and clinics in both the U.S and abroad, and I’ve been a part of Latin jazz, Disco, Funk, Alternative, R&B, and many other bands over the years.