Hello everyone! To start this wonderful weekend, we wanted to bring you another edition of the Employee Spotlight Series! Our focus this week is on Jamahl Thomas. Jamahl is an Audit Supervisor and has been with SpendMend for over two years! He describes SpendMend in three words as, “Resourceful, Driven, and Helpful.” We are grateful to get the time and opportunity to learn more about Jamahl and what makes him great! Jamahl grew up in Newton, MA and he is the second of four kids, with one older brother and a younger brother and sister. Something interesting about Jamahl’s family is that pre-COVID pandemic, his family did a reunion every couple of years and it would have 100-200 in attendance at a time! Talk about a huge potluck! Another fun fact about Jamahl is that in his free time, he loves to play Rec. League Sport! All throughout high school, Jamahl played baseball, so as an adult he figured softball would be a perfect sport to pick up! The most challenging part about playing softball for Jamahl was playing as an adult. Apparently, too many hamstrings were injured for his taste! Who wants to start a SpendMend softball league? We are ready to start practicing, Jamahl! During the workday, Jamahl enjoys listening to hip-hop/R&B music and Podcasts. His favorite hip-hop artist is Jay-Z, and his favorite song at the moment is Essence by Wizkid! For podcasts, there is a three-way tie for the favorite! The tie is between “Straight From the Hart” with Kevin Hart, “The Right Time” with Bomani Jones, and “The Big Podcast” with Shaq. Jamahl loves the fun and playful commentary from each one. For those who are looking for a new podcast, these sound like great recommendations!
Jamahl is an excellent Audit Supervisor and greatly appreciated for his skills and leadership qualities. Hunter DeWindt, Auditor, said, “Jamahl is an awesome supervisor and is always ready to help do whatever it takes to get claims through the door. He is easy to work with and always takes the time to make sure that you understand what needs to be done. Jamahl’s leadership abilities are what make him a great person to work under!” We are grateful for all your hard work, Jamahl! Thank you!
Interview with Jamahl:
What is your role at SpendMend?
How long have you been with SpendMend?
How did you first learn about SpendMend?
Friend of mine who worked at SpendMend
What 3 words would you use to describe SpendMend?
Resourceful. Driven and Helpful
Why do you look forward to coming to work?
I like the challenge that each client/vendor presents. It gives me an opportunity to think about the best way to help each of them.
Before working at SpendMend, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
Working in a warehouse filling orders for ships.
What is one fun fact about you?
I met Matt Damon at 14 as his dad was my baseball coach.
What type of music or podcasts do you listen to during the workday?
Music – Hip-Hop/R&B. Podcast – Comedy or Sports
Who is your favorite Hip-Hup/R&B artist? Favorite song at the moment? Have you seen any of your favorite artists live?
Favorite Hip Hop artist is Jay-Z. My favorite song of the moment is Essence by Wizkid. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to see him in concert. Surprisingly, I’ve only been to one concert in my life.
What is your favorite Podcast? What do you enjoy most about it?
It’s a tie between three different ones. One is the Straight from the Hart podcast with Kevin Hart. Another is The Right Time with Bomani Jones and the other is the Big Podcast with Shaq. I just love the different commentary from each one.
Do you have any hobbies or participate in any activities outside of work?
Golf, Fantasy Sports and Rec League Sports
What kind of Rec League Sports do you play?
I’ve played rec league Softball as an adult.
What interested you to start playing?
I played baseball all thru high school and a little in college before stopping to focus on school. When I moved to CA back in 2016, I was looking for something to do other than play golf, which is more solitary. I just love baseball so I figured softball would be the progression at that time.
Most challenging part about the sport?
As for the most challenging thing, I would just say being older is the most challenging part. Too many pulled hamstrings for my taste ��.
What is the best part of serving the healthcare market?
Being informed as this is my first dive into the healthcare market.
What is your favorite Recovery Room Activity?
Haven’t used it yet! Anxiously awaiting my return to the office.
Do you want to shout out a co-worker who has helped or inspired you at SpendMend?
I’d like to shout out my fellow supervisors from Orange Pod. Stacia Karcher, Lisa Lohman and Josh Hernandez. They’ve been a tremendous help to me in the time I’ve spent with SpendMend.
What advice do you have for prospective candidates who want to join the SpendMend team?
Be ready to work hard and learn as there are always new things you can see and do.
What has been your proudest accomplishment at SpendMend?
I’m just happy to do my part to help the team.
What is something you’re looking forward to for your future at SpendMend?
Growing as a supervisor, co-worker, and person in how I view the healthcare market and what I can do to help our clients.