We are pleased to introduce the newest IPS employee, Nicole Peller-Smith, who recently joined the team in October as a payroll specialist.
Armed with ten years of experience in the payroll industry, Nicole carries a degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and is currently on track to complete her MBA at Alverno College in December 2018.
We recently sat down with Nicole – a licensed cosmetologist and former aspiring actress – for a conversation about her role at IPS and more…
What do you enjoy most about your work for IPS?
Nicole: I like that the job is multi-faceted. There are a number of ways that I can sharpen my skills and better serve our clients. Working at IPS provides the opportunity for a continuous learning experience. I can become even more specialized in the industry and there are numerous ways for me to take advantage of professional growth here.
What are the qualities that make you good at your job?
Nicole: I believe it’s important to build relationships with people inside and outside of the office. Maintaining a close connection with our customers helps me to serve them better. I want to understand their greatest needs so I can offer solutions leading to a more efficient and profitable business.
If you could meet one famous person – dead or alive – who would it be?
Nicole: Sojourner Truth. She was an African-American abolitionist and activist. Born as Isabella Baumfree, she was a slave in New York, but later escaped to freedom. She changed her name, claiming she was called to revolutionize civil rights, equality and women’s rights. Sojourner wasn’t afraid to fight for something she believed in and became world-famous as a crusader for human rights.
You love lasagna, anything chocolate, vacationing in Hawaii and practicing Martial Arts. What’s the one thing in life that you simply cannot live without?
Nicole: A toothbrush. Taking care of our teeth is one of those habits that has a direct influence on our physical well-being. If we want to maintain our overall good health, we have to brush our teeth. We buckle up every time we get behind the wheel of a car, so it’s natural for us to brush first thing every morning. It feels like something’s missing if I don’t follow this routine.