Throughout my career, I have worked for a criminal attorney for several years, in the corporate office of a finance company, DeVry University, and now Pointwise. My career at Pointwise began 8 years ago. Today I am the Manager of our Business and Administrative Services team.
Raising a family put my desire to obtain a degree on hold until my girls were grown and married. Once the last one was married, I decided to go back to school and get my Bachelor’s degree. With my love of computers, I decided to enroll in the Computer Science degree program at DeVry University. While taking classes at DeVry, an administrative position supporting the General Education and Electronics Deans came open and I was offered the position. Working at DeVry was enjoyable because I had contact with all the professors and the deans were all very supportive of their staff. Since I was working full time, there was no way to take a full schedule of classes so some of the classes I needed were discontinued and other classes added. To graduate with a Computer Science degree seemed impossible. At this point, I talked to the Business Administration Dean and she was able to transfer all my class credits into the Business Administration program so I was able to graduate with my Bachelor’s Degree within the time frame originally planned.
I’ve been very blessed to find a company like Pointwise as my employer. The company is employee oriented and promotes from within. I’m included in the ranks of the non-meshers.
Beginning my career at Pointwise as an Office Administrator, my first task was to enter all our assets into our fixed asset program (FAS). Learning about the trade show assets was challenging, but everyone was very patient and help me understand how each of the trade show assets were used. In addition to learning FAS, I took care of all the invoicing, accounts receivables, accounts payable, and collections. During my tenure here, and with Carrie taking over more of the financial tasks, I’ve taken over more of the employee benefits and human resource tasks. Both of these fields are very interesting and with laws continually changing, very challenging.
As the manager of the BAS Team, my goal is to have each member of the team knowledgeable in all tasks assigned to the team. This way, each of us can help and know what to do if someone is out or unavailable.
- Location: Fort Worth, Texas
- Current position: Manager, Business & Administrative Services
- Current computer: Dell Precision T3500 (cracken) with 2 24” monitors
- One word that best describes how you work: Focused
What software or tools do you use every day?
Outlook, QuickBooks, Excel, Sage CRM, Word, and Fuzion Timecards.
What does your workspace look like?
What are you currently working on?
I process license requests daily. There are a lot of projects the BAS team coordinates, but currently we are researching a new software to help in calculating our direct and indirect rates for contracts; benefits renewals; coordinating the hiring of interns for the summer, and learning more about our new on-line training courses and how to process registrations.
What would you say is your specialty at Pointwise?
Accounting, Human Resources, and employee benefits.
What project are you most proud of and why?
Before we started using the Fuzion timesheet program, I took our manual timesheet process and automated it using Excel, Visual Basic, and macros. The program took all of the individual timesheets, compiled them into a Master then from the Master various reports could be run.
What do you do when you’re not surrounded by engineers making meshes?
I love gardening, canning, crocheting, knitting, and reading. Right now I’m trying to get my garden spot ready for planting the spring garden.
Because I’m somewhat a naturalist, gardening and having my own fresh veggies to can and freeze is very enjoyable. Yes, it’s a lot of work, but once everything is done, standing back and looking at everything on the shelf is rewarding.
What is some of the best advice you’ve received?
Any job worth doing is worth doing right.
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