Happy Friday! Let’s end the week right with another edition of the Employee Spotlight Series. For this feature, we are shining a light on Amanda Lenkiewicz. Amanda is an Auditor and has been a part of the team for five years! When asked what three words she would describe SpendMend, she said, “Expansive, Enthusiastic, Supportive.” During work, Amanda loves listening to music! Her favorite bands are Disturbed, Fleetwood Mac, Imagine Dragons, Queen, Barenaked Ladies, and anything Broadway. Her favorite song at the moment is Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie. Amanda enjoys watching music in live concerts, and she has seen most 80s metal bands live! Be sure to check out the full interview below to see what concerts she has attended! Outside of work, Amanda likes playing movie trivia. She plays general trivia every week, and movie trivia every month! She plays with a group of friends that need her “movie brain” for their team! Amanda struggles with the questions regarding romance or fantasy movies. But she knocks it out of the park with anything directed by Hitchcock! Another fun fact about Amanda is that she loves anything with suspense! Movies are her favorite, but she loves suspenseful books as well. Her favorite movie is Psycho from 1960. Amanda’s favorite part about a good suspenseful book or movie is the story, and how it keeps you on your toes! When a good twist completely fools the audience, Amanda is thrilled! If anyone has any great thriller recommendations, let her know!
Amanda is a valued member of our team. Dan Hutchins, Audit Manager, said “Amanda is one of those people who can be friends with anyone in an instant. Her outgoing demeanor and pure friendliness helps make everyone’s day. It’s that same attitude of caring about people that comes through in her work. Not only does her competence show in her work but her ability to engage with vendors in a way that makes them see the smile on her face garners cooperation and the insight needed to complete her tasks. Amanda is one of a kind in the best way possible.”
Thank you, Amanda! We are grateful to have people like you a part of the SpendMend team!
Interview with Amanda:
What is your role at SpendMend?
How long have you been with SpendMend?
How did you first learn about SpendMend?
Came here as a temp
What 3 words would you use to describe SpendMend?
Expansive, Enthusiastic, Supportive
Why do you look forward to coming to work?
I am starting to really grow as I am learning more.
Before working at SpendMend, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
Background checks for truck drivers
What is one fun fact about you?
I love suspense of any kind
In terms of loving suspense, can you explain in more detail? Do you like suspenseful movies, books, etc.? What do you like the most about suspense?
Anything with suspense! Movies are my favorite, but I love books also. I love the thrill of suspense. A good book or movie is all about the story and I love it when I am kept guessing. Add in a good twist and completely fool me and I am completely thrilled! My favorite movie is Psycho from 1960.
What type of music or podcasts do you listen to during the workday?
A very eclectic array of music
What is your favorite genre of music to listen to?
I like almost all music.
Favorite artists? Favorite song?
Favorite bands are Disturbed, Fleetwood Mac, Imagine Dragons, Queen, Barenaked Ladies, anything Broadway. Favorite song is Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie.
Have you been to any live music concerts? If so, who have you seen, and any favorites?
I have seen most 80s metal bands in concert including AC/DC, Kiss, Scorpions, Def Leppard, Journey, Poison, Telsa, Ted Nugent, Skid Row… Have also seen John Mellencamp, Janet Jackson and Barenaked Ladies.
Do you have any hobbies or participate in any activities outside of work?
Drive for Lyft, play movie trivia, and beer and wine tasting
How often do you go out for tastings? Favorite wines? Favorite beers? I used to be a member of a wine club that met once a week, but that disbanded a few years ago. Now I just like to try new ones wherever I go. For wine, I like Malbec or anything from Spain. For beer, I drink IPAs and Sours.
When do you play movie trivia?
I play Trivia every week now and every month there is a movie trivia.
Who is your group to play with (friends, family, etc.)?
I play with a group of friends that I met through a mutual friend. They found out that I love movies and asked me to be the movie brain on their team. Now I go every week. This week is music trivia.
What movie do you always get the answers right? Which movies, do you struggle with answering?
I struggle with anything romantic or too much fantasy. I don’t do romantic movies at all! I always get anything directed by Hitchcock, right?
Can you describe an interaction when you helped a client or a supplier that stands out in your mind?
nothing off the top of my head
What was the best compliment a client or supplier has ever paid you?
My energy on the phone is through the roof and it makes everyone want to help me. (from a vendor)
What is your favorite in-house event? (specific potluck, chili cook-off, bring your kid to work day, etc.)
I like the in-person fundraisers for the community service events
What advice do you have for prospective candidates who want to join the SpendMend team?
Everyone will help you as much as they can. Your success is also my success.
What has been your proudest accomplishment at SpendMend?
Working hand in hand with a vendor to figure out a nearly 1M claim.
What is something you’re looking forward to for your future at SpendMend?
Expanding my knowledge