What would be the ideal job for an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys hiking, fishing and square dancing? Park Ranger, white water rafting guide, maybe even a veterinarian. Financial analyst, accountant or any other process driven position probably wasn't top of mind. It takes a talented individual to fire from both the creative and analytical sides of the brain. Anne Brewster however, fits that description perfectly. Anne is part of the finance team at Rotary lift, and works to ensure our products stay leading the industry. Today we talk to Anne, and find out more about the woman who is just as comfortable reading a trail map as she is pages of financial data.
Q: How long have you been with Rotary Lift?
Anne: I started working at Rotary Lift in June of 2014, immediately after graduating from college in Jackson,TN. I already had some history with the company from working for the finance department as an intern. Shortly after joining the finance team full time, I began to realize that every college student’s worst nightmare was coming true. After four years of reading, studying, tests, and projects, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing! Thankfully, I was surrounded by a great team who were very patient in helping me get acclimated to the company and my new responsibilities.
Q: What do you enjoy about your job?
Anne: Because the Finance group plays a supporting role for the other departments at VSG, I have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of people from across the organization. Operations, Engineering, Sales, Customer Service – I get to work with them all. I love that variety and being able to see the business from other people’s perspective.
Q: What does a typical work day consist of?
Anne: In my role as a financial analyst, the bulk of my responsibilities relate to VSG’s budgeting process, internal reporting, and ad-hoc analysis. At first glance, these functions might not seem important to getting lifts out the door, but think of it as running diagnostics on a vehicle. The process itself does not fix the problem. However, once the issue is identified it can be corrected in an informed and efficient manner. Financial planning, reporting, and analysis serve much the same function for a company, except sometimes the item being identified is an opportunity rather than a problem. When VSG knows where we stand as a company, we are better able to correct issues and make improvements that translate to better value for our business partners.
Q: What is something working where you do that people might not know?
Anne: I get to work on New Product Development teams. I really enjoy this part of my job because it gives me a chance to step outside of the accounting bubble and to get a better understanding of how the engineers think, what kinds of things are important to the sales team, etc. Working on NPD teams also consistently broadens my knowledge of our products and how they work.
Q: During your work career or personal life what accomplishment are you most proud of?
Anne: I graduated from college with a 4.0 GPA, and, upon graduation, was awarded my university’s Accounting Excellence award and Curtis E. Scott Business Excellence Award (presented to the outstanding senior business major as chosen by the faculty of the school of business). I was home schooled growing up and owe these successes largely to my parents who taught me the importance of academic discipline and a strong work ethic.
Q: What is one fun fact about you that people may not know?
Anne: I love to square dance!Q: Are you a music person or a sports person?
Anne: Thankfully those things are not mutually exclusive, because I thoroughly enjoy both. I have been watching Arkansas Razorback football games with my dad since I was six months old, so my Hogs will always be near and dear to my heart. (I once got so worked up over a Razorback football game that I nearly passed out.) My musical tastes are pretty eclectic. Country, Classic Rock, Celtic, and 50s/60s Oldies are some of my favorite genres.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your time away from work?
Anne: I enjoy spending time with family, hosting game nights for the College and Career group at my church, and being outdoors. Some of my favorite outdoor activities are volleyball, hiking, and fishing. I am also a classic movie buff. As a teenager, my dream job was to be the anchor for Turner Classic Movies. Somewhere along the line my practical side took over, and I settled on accounting instead.
Q: If you purchased one Rotary Lift product what would it be? Why?
Anne: I would get an SPOA10 and stop spending money on oil changes. In reality, for that plan to work out the lift would probably have to go in my dad’s garage, not mine.