Inside SVG: Cady Walter

In this month’s Inside SVG, we chatted with semi-pro baker, QuikTrip fanatic, and Talent Acquisition Specialist, Cady Walter.

What do you do here at SVG?
I’m a Talent Acquisition Specialist within the Recruiting Department. My goal is to bring in the best quality talent and help give applicants a great first impression of SVG!

What is your favorite part of your job?
I love meeting and connecting with our future employees. Having built that initial connection with our new employees, I get to have a relationship with them before they even step foot in the office. As these people come on board, I love watching their journey all the way from their first day to seeing them find success here!

How do you have a hand in preserving and enhancing our culture?
People who engage me really well on the phone are applicants I think will not only succeed here, but mesh with our culture. Part of our culture here at SVG is that we genuinely like people, so when I get that “vibe” from someone, I know they’ll fit in here with the culture we’ve already established.

How do you think SVG stands apart in terms of how we recruit?
Our culture sells itself, but we want to convey who we are at our core from the start. We want to have clear, prompt communication with potential new hires. We don’t let applicants sit around not knowing how the hiring process is going. It’s already a stressful process, so we try to ease that for applicants through consistent updates.

During your time at SVG, what have you learned about yourself?
I’ve learned that I’m much more confident than I thought I was. I’ve learned so much by engaging with clients over the phone, so as I engage applicants, I’m much more calm and confident when picking up the phone.

What are your favorite hobbies?
I absolutely love to bake! My most recent adventure was making a rainbow unicorn cake for my niece’s birthday. It was complete with layers of fun-fetti cake and rainbow merengue and icing!

If you had a billboard in KC, what would it say?
“Travel does for the soul, what education does for the mind.”

When you think of success, who comes to mind?
It’s cliché, but definitely my parents. From an early age, they engrained the concepts of working hard to find success in me. Life is not about monetary success, but genuinely finding ways to be happy.

What is something you can’t live without?
Quiktrip. The drinks, the snacks, just everything about it. Quiktrip never lets you down.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
I took a Buzzfeed quiz and I got a turtle! I think it’s accurate for me because I can be very chill and slow-paced when making big decisions, but I can also be a fast thinker and quick on my feet when I need to. I think that translates well to the difference of when a turtle is on land or in the water. I think Buzzfeed nailed this one!

Lightning Round:
Something on your Bucket List:
Learn how to longboard
Fun fact: I was almost born at a KU March Madness basketball game
Place you want to travel: I’ve taken Japanese art history classes, so I'd love to see Japan one day!
Weird talent: I’m insanely good at Mario Kart
Last song you listened to today: “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer
Most random item in your purse: A book of crossword puzzles
Favorite spot in Kansas City: The Nelson Atkins Museum

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SVG’s Largest Sales Class To Date: February 2017

Q1 of 2017 has already been a strong push towards the future of Spring Venture Group. January saw, among other things, the launch of our new partnership with MLS team Sporting Kansas City and a new sales class of 27 licensed agents.

This week marks the beginning of SVG careers for 37 new licensed agents. This class, the largest in SVG history, will go through three weeks of training to become competent voices for Medicare clients around the country. Leading up to the new class onboarding process, members of departments around the company are busy preparing so that each new hire is setup for success in their initial months at SVG.

Want to be a part of our growing team? We are hiring for sales, marketing, IT, data science, HR, and more throughout the rest of the year. Head to our careers page to check out current openings.

The first week of training for these sales agents is underway. Week one includes a heavy focus on industry knowledge and standards. 

The first week of training for these sales agents is underway. Week one includes a heavy focus on industry knowledge and standards. 

Spring Venture Group Announces Partnership With Sporting Kansas City

We are proud to announce our new multi-year partnership with Sporting Kansas City! This partnership provides additional visibility for SVG within Kansas City and beyond as well as numerous opportunities for employee engagement at Sporting games and events.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for coverage of all events!

Check out our announcement video:

 

7 Quick Questions with SVG’s New VP of HR, Leslie Shea

We are very proud to welcome our new VP of Human Resources, Leslie Shea.

With more than 13 years of experience as a strategic HR business partner, Leslie will be leading programs to acquire, cultivate, and maintain the best talent at SVG. Most recently, Leslie managed Talent Operations at HNTB, and prior to that, led the U.S. HR Business Partner team and HR operations for the Enterprise Software division of Lexmark International.

Let’s get to know Leslie.

Q: What is the biggest thing you want all employees of SVG to know about your role?
A: My main focus is to develop programs and practices that help SVG to attract, retain, and develop our talent while maintaining continual alignment with our company’s vision, mission, and values. I want HR to be connected and visible to employees so everyone feels comfortable bringing their questions, ideas, and insights forward.

Q: Why did you decide to go into Human Resources?
A: I love the variety of HR - the opportunity to be both analytical and relational, gain a broad understanding of the business, and to collaborate with business leaders and employees to develop solutions that impact people’s day-to-day work experience.

Q: What attracted you to this opportunity at SVG?
A: I was excited about the executive team’s focus and passion on building a great company with a positive and engaging culture. I felt that the company's values were aligned with my own and that the leadership team has a strong vision and strategy for ongoing success.

Q: What is something you’re passionate about outside of work?
A: My family! I have a husband, two little boys (Jonah - 7, Kian - 3) and three cats. Outside of that, I am a huge bookworm but don’t have nearly as much time to read as I used to.

Q: What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A: Don’t let your fear be bigger than your faith.

Q: How do you define “success”?
A: Being able to live a life that is in harmony with your personal values while also making a positive impact on others.

Q: What is your favorite spot in KC?
A: My husband and I love doing tours at Boulevard brewery!

READ THIS NEXT: Inside SVG: Alex Curry

Inside SVG: Alex Curry

For this month’s Inside SVG, we chatted with Data Scientist and Justin Bieber fan, Alex Curry. 

What is your role at SVG?

I’m a Data Scientist, so I build machine-learning models for anything that will help make the company money. Essentially my role is a marriage between an analyst, statistician, and programmer.

What do you like most about working at SVG?

It’s two-fold: I like the people I work with and the projects I work on. I love the people at SVG because they’re intelligent, and they help me grow and improve. The projects are challenging and I’m able to see how they add value to the company.

If someone were to describe you in three words, what would they be?

Curious, honest, and jovial.

Do you have any routines that set you up for success?

I meditate for a few minutes multiple times each day because I know I can get carried away trying to multitask too much. It helps me keep a level head and stay project-oriented.

What is something you’re passionate about outside of work?

I am very passionate about music, playing the piano, and shooting guns for sport. Also, I love giving back to the community. I spend some time each month helping at a homeless shelter in KC.

When you think of success, who comes to mind? 

My grandfather, Ray. He was an entrepreneur who started 12 companies and fought in World War II.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

“Always surround yourself with people who are more capable and smarter than you, so you can improve.” – my grandfather, Ray

 

Lightning Round:
Your spirit animal:
Bald Eagle
Eat one thing forever: Kansas City strip steak
On your bucket list: Visit Japan and South Korea
Embarrassing moment at SVG: My phone alarm played Justin Bieber at my desk while I was in a meeting.
Favorite spot in KC: Loose Park’s rose garden in the summer.


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