Name: Alyssa Garza
History at StratEx:
I started in June of 2014 as a Benefit Administrator and have continued to grow within this position. I help clients administer and maintain all benefit offerings for their employees, throughout the entire employee lifecycle — from new hire to COBRA.
How have you helped a client solve an HR or Benefit problem?
Our restaurant clients often have the same challenges: they have multiple benefit tiers (employees that are eligible vs. not eligible), multiple plan offerings (which can be location-based), and multiple locations with multiple location managers — all of which can make things a little chaotic at times.
However, we help them track it all. We are the one-stop shop for all locations and all employees when it comes to benefits — we take the headache away from them. Restaurants don’t necessarily have the time for this stuff, nor do they have people who truly understand the benefit/COBRA administration. I think that is why we are so helpful to them.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a veterinarian. I love animals!
What’s on your bucket list this year?
I don’t know about this year, but definitely want to make my way to Thailand! Have always loved elephants and would love to go to an elephant sanctuary out there.
Which Benefit topic is your Patronus?
It’s hard to just pick one when you deal with all of the different benefits on a daily basis, but COBRA administration has always kinda been my baby!
Are you an ice cream, or cookie/cake person?
Ice Cream — favorite is chocolate chip cookie dough.
If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
“Doesn’t always have a filter when speaking…” or, “Major OCD.” (Joe can speak to how much he loves my OCD!)
Favorite thing about working at StratEx:
The people, hands down!
Advice to new StratExians:
If you ever get overwhelmed — which I know none of us ever do — eat some candy and ask Emily Quinn to tell you a funny story 🙂