What industry or field are you employed in?
How many years have you been working in your field?
Describe what you do.
I manage all aspects of the financial operations of my company. In addition, I manage the risk, insurance, compliance, IT, real estate and Fleet. As a fleet manager I am responsible for maintaining, acquiring, and disposing of trucks and equipment. We have 73 trucks and 210 pieces of equipment. As a real estate manager I am responsible for rents, upkeep and taxes on three different pieces of real estate. Risk, insurance and compliance all go hand in hand. Health insurance and workers comp for 185 employees, fleet insurance for the fleet and property and casualty for everything else. As an IT manager I have a network of vendors that I use to maintain our data bases, keep all hardware functions running smoothly and protecting all our networks.
Describe how you do it.
I have broad responsibility and it is not all in one location. My area of responsibility covers from High Point NC to Macon GA and every major town in between. I rely heavily on systems and processes to make sure everything is accomplished. I have instituted a series of checks and balances to make sure that things don’t fall through the cracks. Using dashboards allows me to process large amounts of data at a high level and having them be interactive dashboards allow me to drill into problem areas or areas that seem to need futher attention. I higher staff to handle administrative aspects of my job. I hold them accountable to a pre written set of matrix and job duties. I pay well because there is a high cost to cheap labor. On the flip side I fire fast because everyone can make a bad hire.
Describe why you do it.
I do my job because I enjoy to be in charge. I enjoy process, process development and process improvement as well as change management. My job is high stress as all of our employees depend on me to keep there job and get paid. However being apart of the extremely small group of people that actually creates jobs is highly rewarding.
What was the first step you took to become what you are now?
I started working at a young age. As early as 14 I worked 30+ hours per week doing different labor based jobs. However I was never content to do my job and punch the clock. I drove my bosses nuts by constantly trying to improve the process, making recommendations that I may have had no business making. However seeing my boss’s take my advice over time gave me confidence. After high school I attended college on a basketball scholarship where I decided to study Accounting and Finance. I chose this field because it fits my personality and because it seemed that all the successful people I knew really understood finance and accounting.
What do you wish you had paid more attention to in school?
Writing. A good writer and a good communicator is always going to be a step ahead of anyone else around him. Along with that I wish I had worked on building relationships and improving my networking skills.