CU Engage Employee Spotlight: Jeff Rice
Our next Employee Spotlight is Jeff Rice! Jeff plays a vital role at CU Engage as Director of Business Development. Jeff joined our team recently in May 2019 and has certainly hit the ground running. He works remotely from Indiana, and his enthusiasm for the credit union industry shines through in every conversation he has.
From Boardroom to Whiteboard
Raised in the boardroom, Jeff uses his extensive credit union experience to spearhead our sales team, making traction in both new and ongoing sales. Passionate about both credit unions and technology, Jeff was interested in becoming part of the CU Engage team because he was drawn to our mission as it pertains to member focus within the credit union industry and felt with his “credit union, contract negotiation, and technology experience, it just made sense!”
Jeff is a glass-half-full type of guy and looks for the good in people. This trait is useful in his position because CU Engage is a “people first” company, and Jeff connects well with his clients. Plus, when asked what he would do if he won the lottery, Jeff said he would share it, so this is a guy you want to know!
Now is the perfect time to get to know one of the newest members of the CU Engage team! Jeff loves playing in the pool with his kids and would like to learn to play the guitar. Read on to find out more about Jeff like his first concert, his spirit animal, and his guilty pleasure.
Little Known Facts About Jeff
Q: What are some of your hobbies outside the office? A: Orangetheory Fitness and any outdoor activity with my kids
Q: What do you enjoy most about working here? A: The people and the jovial atmosphere
Q: What is one thing about you few people know? A: I am a huge Hip-Hop fan
Q: What makes you laugh? A: Sarcasm
Q: What is your favorite holiday? A: Christmas
Q: Do you have a motto or a mantra? What is it? A: Find a way to win as long as it is not unethical, immoral, or illegal
Q: What is your guilty pleasure? A: Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream (lots of it)
Q: If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? A: Tacos
Q: What is your definition of success? A: Being able to reflect with my wife Courtney that we raised kind, caring, hardworking and inspired children
Q: What is your spirit animal? A: Honey Badger
Q: What is an ability you wish you had? A: Unlimited analytical mind (like a human calculator)
Q: What is on your bucket list? A: I would like to do one of the seven summits and a three-month sailing trip through the Caribbean
Q: What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child? A: The Lone Ranger
Q: What is your favorite thing or place where you live? A: Lucas Oil Stadium or Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Q: What would the title of your autobiography be? A: Perseverance
Q: First concert? A: Marie Osmond (Credit Union Annual Meeting)
Q: What does authentic leadership mean to you? A: Being a great example for your team in how you treat people and tackle tasks
Q: Top three life highlights: A: 1) Meeting, dating and marrying my wife, Courtney 2) The birth of our three kids 3) Experiences on the west coast while living there
Q: Advice for new hires? A: I am still new. Soak it all in, listen, and try to be effective every day
Q: Describe CU Engage in five words or less: A: People-centric, innovative, smart, and fun
Q: When you have 30 minutes of free time, what are you doing? A: Reading
Q: What book did you read last? A: Inbound Organization by Dan Tyre and Todd Hockenberry
Q: What is the coolest or most important trend you see today? A: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Q: If you were the newest crayon in the box, what color would you be, and why? A: “Yinmn” Blue, because that’s the newest color
Q: What is your favorite ’90’s jam? A: “Flute Loop” by the Beastie Boys
Q: Best advice you have ever received? A: Slow down!