Happy Friday! With the holidays right around the corner, we wanted to share another edition of the Employee Spotlight Series! Today, we are shining a light on Patrick VanderBerg! Patrick is an Audit Manager and has been a part of the SpendMend team for over seven years! When asked how he would describe SpendMend in three words, Patrick stated, “Data-driven, Fast-paced, Helpful.” Patrick excels in leadership and looks forward every day to new challenges and collaborating with his team! It was great getting to know more about Patrick! During his workday, Patrick likes to listen to podcasts and audiobooks! His favorite podcasts to listen to are, “2nd Date Updates” and “War of the Roses.” Patrick is currently working through “The Witcher” series through audiobooks. We can’t wait to check those out for our own workday listening!  A fun fact about Patrick is that he was voted Homecoming King in high school! Some hobbies that Patrick enjoys in his free time are hiking, gaming, camping, and boating! We look forward to asking Patrick about his favorite hiking adventure at a later date!

Patrick does a wonderful job at SpendMend, and we appreciate his leadership skills. Tyler Pierson, auditor, said “Patrick is a wizard. He's the smartest guy I know, he taught me (almost) everything I know here. If you've ever had the chance to work with Patrick, you know he really knows his stuff and is a great guy.” It was great getting to know a little more about Patrick, and we are grateful for all the hard work he does! Thank you, Patrick!

Interview with Patrick:

What is your role at SpendMend?

Audit Manager

How long have you been with SpendMend?

7.25 Years

How did you first learn about SpendMend?

Indeed

What 3 words would you use to describe SpendMend?

Data-driven, Fast-paced, Helpful

Why do you look forward to coming to work?

New challenges and our team members.

Before working at SpendMend, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

Order Selector at an arts distributor.

What is one fun fact about you?

I was homecoming king in high school.

What type of music or podcasts do you listen to during the workday?

2nd date updates and war of the roses podcasts and currently going through the Witcher series on audiobook.

Do you have any hobbies or participate in any activities outside of work?

Hiking, Gaming, Camping, Boating

Can you describe an interaction when you helped a client or a supplier that stands out in your mind?

There are many interactions that end that way, but one that's recent is that I helped a client with reconciling all their transactions with a PPE supplier that many rushed prepaid and rushed for the sake of patients at the height of COVID. An auditor stumbled upon a large duplicate payment and the client had concerns there could be additional issues. So I ran a thorough review and found pricing issues, tax overcharges, and canceled orders that, when added with the duplicate payment, was nearly $5M in recovery with this one vendor.

What was the best compliment you’ve ever been paid by a client or supplier?

Unfortunately, I don't track the numerous compliments coming to me, but the most meaningful ones are when client express the joy and ease of working with us.

What is the best part of serving the healthcare market?

Saving our clients a dollar now to reinvest in their patients later.

What is your favorite Recovery Room Activity?

Refueling at the coffee machine.

What is your favorite in-house event? (specific potluck, chili cook-off, bring your kid to work day, etc.)

Chili cook-off. Not that I cook for it, just enjoy chili.

Do you want to shout out a co-worker who has helped or inspired you at SpendMend?

Too many have helped in my journey here SpendMend to call out one, so love to shout on to my team over in Orange Pod.

What advice do you have for prospective candidates who want to join the SpendMend team?

Don't be afraid to tap on your team members for help, there is a lot of experience in the SpendMend team and all you need to do is ask.

What has been your proudest accomplishment at SpendMend?

Hard to pinpoint one. Overall, succeeding at the challenges I'm task while still being trusted with more responsibilities.

What is something you’re looking forward to for your future at SpendMend?

Currently reaching goals and enjoying some extra days off.