Employee Spotlight – Ana Stock
Our First Employee Spotlight of the year is Ana Stock! Ana is a Strategic Consultant and payments expert at CU Engage. She came to work for CU Engage after she congratulated an old former colleague, James Guild, on hitting his 1-year anniversary in a company he built from the ground up. Since then, and for nearly four years now, she has enjoyed working with credit unions and helping them find the best match for the business partners they need to provide the services they give their members.
From Credit Union to Consultant
Ana’s background includes project management at PSCU and Grow Financial Credit Union. She is a firm believer in doing the right thing and loves the feeling that comes from knowing she made a difference. Ana is excellent at what she does; partly because she is great at building relationships and she gets energized by people that are positive and happy like she is.
A self-proclaimed Girl Scout Cookie Slinger, Ana is inspired by her daughter. She strives to be the best at everything she does so she can show her daughter that the sky is the limit and she can be whatever she wants to be, as long as it makes her happy.
Ana is happiest when she is with her family and has a full cup of coffee. This lady loves a good cup of coffee! She will always tell you her cup is half-full, unless it’s coffee, then she’ll say it’s half empty and we need to get another cup brewing!
Originally from New York, Ana has lived in the Tampa area since her parents decided to “retire” here during her senior year of high school. When not working with credit unions, Ana enjoys being outdoors, bike riding, and going to local theme parks like Disney World and Universal Studios. She loves where she and her family live now so much that they are in their third home in their neighborhood. They especially enjoy the over 20 miles of outdoor trails within the mass planned community.
Want to know even more about Ana? Turn up the Pitbull radio station and dive in below!
Q and A with Ana:
Q: What would the title of your autobiography be? A: Caffeine, Lashes, and Chocolate.
Q: Weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? A: Cow Tongue Vinaigrette; not weird for me but weird for some.
Q: First concert? A: The Killers at the USF Sundome in 2000.
Q: What does true leadership mean to you? A: The ability to provide vision, guidance, understanding, and influence, all while remaining humble and still learning.
Q: What are your top three life highlights? A: My family, places I’ve traveled, challenges I’ve overcome.
Q: Describe CU Engage in 5 words or less. A: Fun. Caring. Results. Credit Unions. Relationships.
Q: What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? A: My Pound Puppy, Matty, named after a dog my brother had when I was little. I still have him and I won’t let my daughter play with him for fear he will get damaged!
Q: What book did you read last? A: I Mom So Hard and The Magnolia Story.
Q: What celebrity do people think you look like? A: Barbara Streisand (because of the nose).
Q: If you could learn to do any one thing, what would it be? A: Contractor work like drywall or carpentry.
Q: When you have 30 minutes of free time, what are you doing? A: Riding my Peloton or going for a walk outside.
Q: What is the coolest or most important trend you see today? A: Mobile 1st approach for everything from payments, retail, physical training, medical services, etc. It is very exciting to see self-service transform to the next level with the use of mobile.
Q: What chore do you hate? A: Cleaning the litter box.
Q: Are you a hunter or a gatherer? A: I can be both depending on the subject.
Q: What is on the radio in your car? A: Pitbull Radio on Sirius XM all the time!
Q: Have you ever met anyone famous? A: Not really, I have seen a few famous people from a short distance like Donald Trump in Trump Tower, Danny Trejo in the airport, Chip Foose on a cruise ship.
Q: If you could pick one theme for CU Engage to turn into a book about the company, what would you choose? A: Children of the CUE. Each of us have kids (some with fur and some without) but we all have crazy stories to share and what they have taught us about life that applies to our business lives.
Q: Best vacation you’ve taken? A: Mediterranean Cruise followed by 3 days of land adventures with my husband and daughter.
Q: Are you messy or organized? A: Yes, lol! I require order and cleanliness but to get to that point sometimes you have to live in the messy stage to get there (but just for a short period of time).
Q: Do you have an office nickname? A: No, I came in years before Kody did and he is our resident nickname-assignor.
Q: What would you do if you won the lottery? A: I would invest heavily in real-estate but only after I take a world cruise.
Q: What is your guilty pleasure? A: Facials and anything chocolate.
Q: If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? A: I would have to say a dish coming from Fresh Kitchen or Maggiano’s too many favorites to pick just one!
Q: What is your favorite holiday? A: Christmas, I love how people tend to slow down a bit and focus on what matters.
Q: What is one thing about you few people know? A: That I have met our president. When I was about 10, we went on a field trip to the Museum of Natural History in the city and we walked through one of the Trump Towers. A man walking in front of me in a suit dropped his wallet and I ran, picked it up and stopped the man to hand it back to him. That man was Donald Trump! Because we were in NY I knew he was a real estate mogul who had a tower with his name on it.
Q: What makes you laugh? A: People that are super serious, children, my cats, and irony.