We sat down with Accounts Payable Senior Associate Coye who discussed her career path, valuable lessons she has learned from her colleagues and family, and her experience growing up on a cattle ranch in Kansas.
Please describe your role at the firm and your career path.
I am the Accounts Payable Supervisor, working out of the Topeka office. On a day-to-day basis, I research and manage process improvements for our team; create, update, and maintain internal procedures; and ensure data integrity, as well as provide data reporting and analysis on supplier and employee reimbursements.
Before Guggenheim Partners, I worked at local community banks and a Federal Home Loan Bank during and immediately after graduating college. When the opportunity to apply for this position at Guggenheim presented itself, I jumped at the chance to be in a role where I could continue to increase my accounts payable and travel and entertainment experience, as well as hone my skills as a financial professional. I was not disappointed - the knowledge I have gained since I started at Guggenheim was more than I could have ever imagined. I was also very interested in working for a global firm that is well-respected, forward-thinking, civic-minded, and seeks to involve its employees in the communities in which we work and live.
What are some of the most valuable lessons that you learned in your career and life outside of work?
I’ve had many influential people in my life and my career – the women in my family, and the women whom I work for and with currently, have been the most significant. I think the most valuable lesson that I have learned from them is to treat the people on your team the way you want to be treated. Be fair, firm, and generous. Provide opportunities for learning and growth. Push people so that they learn their strengths and understand their limitations. Always be a force for good, for change, and for what is right. For my career at the firm, Guggenheim’s core value of ”integrity” resonates with me the most. I pride myself on doing what is right, being honest and forthright, and standing up for what I believe in and for the people on my team. It’s important to me that I work for a firm, a department, and a team that holds those same ideas in high regard.
What is one thing your colleagues would be surprised to hear?
I grew up on a Registered Angus cattle ranch in Wabaunsee County, which is in the middle of the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas. I can haul hay, fix fence, and drive a tractor, among other valuable farm-life skills. I learned how to ride horses at the age of 2 or 3, and still own two horses. I showed cattle growing up, and learned how to drive a truck and trailer to haul cattle throughout the Midwest to shows as soon as I was old enough to drive legally.
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