At EPI-HAB, we can’t say enough about our employees’ dedication and determination. The team’s collective backgrounds and variety of skill sets help us develop creative solutions to our clients’ challenges and ensure their high expectations are always met. This month, we are excited to continue our series of blog entries and e-blasts introducing EPI-HAB’s hardworking employees to our readers, friends and partners.
February’s employee spotlight features Torrey Rogers, EPI-HAB’s highly-esteemed Controller:
Torrey, a native of Sheridan, Wyoming, transferred from Sheridan Community College to attend DeVry University Phoenix. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. After college, Torrey developed a successful career in home remodeling, but when the housing market took a turn in 2009, he knew it was time to seek out new opportunities. Torrey applied for the Controller position at EPI-HAB and met with Matt Redmann (Executive Director) and the retiring Controller. He was instantly taken with EPI-HAB’s mission of providing meaningful employment for individuals with epilepsy and other challenges by performing valued work for area businesses. “Taking the job was an easy decision,” Torrey says.
As EPI-HAB’s Controller, Torrey is tasked with directing all of EPI-HAB’s financial accounting operations, as well as the planning, managing, training and maintenance of EPI-HAB’s PC-networked computer system. Additionally, Torrey serves as the principle liaison to the external auditor and interacts monthly with the Board of Directors.
What do you like most about your job?
T: I enjoy the range of different tasks. In the short time I’ve been at EPI-HAB, I have been able to gain experience in all departments.
What are the biggest challenges in your position?
T: As it pertains to marketing, I don’t know whether I’m measuring the right things. Open rates, number of followers and traffic are all important, but there must be a formula to quantify and connect our efforts to hard results such as growth and revenue. Additionally, I’d like to be more effective at targeting and identifying who it is I should be marketing to.
What are some company achievements, successes or milestones you are proud of?
T: I am proud of the work I’ve done with Matt to develop and implement a marketing plan.
What are your hobbies? What do you do during your time out of the office?
T: I like short trips to Las Vegas, sunbathing, and attending sporting events. I have also developed a passion and appreciation for premium cigars.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Why is it important?
T: My parents taught me to always be a leader and not a follower. As a youngster, that advice kept me out of a lot of trouble, and as an adult, it’s brought me lots of success.
Additionally, to further develop his leadership skills, Torrey recently completed a nine-month Nonprofit Leadership program by ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation. The class was made up of approximately thirty professionals from the nonprofit sector and met once a month at a different local nonprofit. Subjects included using social media, how to enlist board members and advocacy in nonprofits. Torrey also had the opportunity to meet with several leaders and celebrities in the nonprofit sector.