We have an amazing group of staff members at SIMPCO and we want to make sure you all get to know them! Say “Hello” to the April Staff Spotlight, Karen Clayton. Karen serves as an Accountant II for SIMPCO.
Q. Who inspires you?
A. I am inspired by those who rise above their circumstances and encourage others to do likewise. One example is Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan. Keller, with the help of Sullivan learned to communicate though blind and deaf, and became an advocate for the blind. Another example is Sonya and Ben Carson. Despite being a single mother with little education, Sonya Carson worked hard and raised two sons. Her son, Ben Carson, became a renowned neurosurgeon and the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Q: Where is your favorite place in the world?
A. My favorite place is the Midwest. I sometimes wish for temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees all year, but I enjoy the changing seasons.
Q. What are you passionate about?
A. I believe in the original intent of our founding documents. We must treasure and fight for the liberties and rights contained in the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Q. What projects are you working on right now?
My focus has been on internal auditing. I review payroll and accounts payable regularly. I reconcile accounts payable and deduction accounts monthly.
Q: What do you like best about working for SIMPCO?
A: I enjoy the pleasant atmosphere. People are friendly and cooperative. We are trusted to do our jobs independently.
Q. Motto or Personal Mantra?
Believe in yourself and others, treat them with honesty, fairness, and respect as you want to be treated.
Q. What are you most proud of?
A: I am proud of my academic achievements and professional longevity. I graduated with honors from high school and the university and passed the CPA exam..
Q. What is your favorite pastime/hobby?
A: I like to read period and cultural novels such as those set in pioneer days or Amish communities. I enjoy puzzles, crosswords, cryptograms, and number puzzles.
Q. What would people be surprised to know about you?
I used to be more introverted. I am not comfortable speaking in public. However, I participated in a speech contest, Junior Miss Pageant, and give a speech at my high school graduation ceremony.