Hello and Happy Friday! For this week’s Employee Spotlight, we would like to feature Brandon Lothschutz. Brandon is an Auditor and joined the SpendMend team about 18 months ago. When asked what he looks forward to in his future with SpendMend, Brandon stated, “All the possibilities of moving up in the company and helping it grow even more.” A fun fact about Brandon is that he graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a minor in General Business and Economics! He decided to pursue a study in accounting because of his knack for numbers and the variety of future career options. Before SpendMend, Brandon worked in forensic accounting. Brandon’s favorite part of forensic accounting was investigating information to present to the CPAs for their files. Another fun fact about Brandon is that he grew up on roughly a 100-acre farm! He started working on the farm at a young age and still helps out the family farm when he can. At the farm, he and his family raise beef and cows. They also grow corn, wheat, hay, and soybeans! Outside of work, one of Brandon’s hobbies is playing golf. He started playing in junior high but didn’t stick with it long. However, a couple of years ago he picked it back up and has become a more frequent golfer! He enjoys playing golf with the friends he met at school. The SpendMend team has a few avid golfers, we might have to start a league! Who’s in?
Brandon does a great job on the SpendMend team. Eric Florance, Audit Manager, said “Brandon is a great example of what we are looking for in our auditors. He has the three traits that we seek out in all of our associates: integrity, persevering, and detail-oriented. He is always bringing additional value to our clients by sharing some of his unique findings to management.” Thank you, Brandon, for being fantastic at your job! SpendMend is grateful!
Interview with Brandon:
What is your role at SpendMend?
How long have you been with SpendMend?
Almost 18 months
How did you first learn about SpendMend?
Indeed Job Search
What 3 words would you use to describe SpendMend?
Driven, Thriving, Win-Win
Why do you look forward to coming to work?
For the unknown! You never know which day it will be that you make a big claim, find that error in the client system, or learn a new process that aids you in becoming more aware of any situation.
Where are you located? Where are you from/grew up?
I grew up and currently live in Marne, Michigan.
Any fun/interesting stories about your hometown?
One interesting story about Marne, Michigan, is it used to be called Berlin, Michigan.
Where did you go for higher education? What did you study and why?
I went to Western Michigan University, and I earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a minor in general business and economics. I’ve always had a knack for numbers, so I decided to go for a career that had options in various fields of study and work.
Before working at SpendMend, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
Walworth & Nayh – Forensic Accounting
What piqued your interest to work in forensic accounting?
My dad works as a Forensic CPA, and is now a partner at the firm I worked at while I went to college, and for a bit after. My dad is also probably a contributing factor in why I went into accounting as well.
What was your favorite part about working in that industry? Least favorite?.
I would say my favorite part of that job was investigating and finding information to present to the CPA’s for their files. My least favorite thing was having to scan documents after files have been closed for years.
What type of music or podcasts do you listen to during the workday?
Most of the time none, occasionally rock or country
Do you have any hobbies or participate in any activities outside of work?
Farming and Golf
How long have you been interested in farming?
To clarify on farming, I grew up on about 100 acre farm. So I started young, and currently I just help the family when I can.
Why did you start farming? What types of farming are you involved in?
At the farm, we raise beef cows, and grow corn, wheat, hay, and soybeans.
When did you start golfing?
I first started golf back in junior high I believe. It didn’t last long for I wasn’t very good at it, and I didn’t have the patience for it. I picked golf back up a couple years ago and now slowly becoming a more avid golfer.
Who do you like to play golf with?
I typically play with a few friends from school.
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What is the best part of serving the healthcare market?
It’s a win-win scenario
Do you want to shout out a co-worker who has helped or inspired you at SpendMend?
What has been your proudest accomplishment at SpendMend?
Turning a killed 30k credit into a paid debit/credit claim
What is something you’re looking forward to for your future at SpendMend?
All the possibilities of moving up in the company and helping it grow even more.