Get to Know a StratExian: Carissa Coppola

carissa2Name: Carissa Coppola

History at StratEx:
I started with StratEx in September of 2015 as a temporary accounting and operations specialist and with much excitement, was brought on as a permanent accounting and operations specialist in March of 2016! I assist the Service Teams with implementing, registering and maintaining payroll taxes in our system for our clients. I also handle a portion of the accounts receivable procedures for our company.

How have you helped a client solve an HR or Benefit problem?
From an operations and payroll tax standpoint, our software combined with our team allows our restaurant clients to essentially kick their feet up and let us handle preparing and constructing employees’ paychecks and associated payroll taxes, including the difficult task of preparing tipped employees’ wages, paychecks and W-2s. But, the biggest item our team has to be proud of is the timely, efficient and accurate preparation of W-2’s for all our restaurant clients’ employees. Our team is always up-to-date on all state payroll tax laws, changes and regulations and is constantly implementing those into our system. This gives our restaurant clients the time to focus on other top responsibilities in their restaurants.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a chef and open my own restaurant called Carissa’s Kitchen.

If you could master one skill you don’t have now, what would it be?
Singing. I’ve always wanted to be able to belt out a classic song during Karaoke and not hurt people’s ears!

Which Accounting topic is your Patronus?
Hands down: payroll POAs (Power of Attorney forms). I will always have a special place in my heart for these forms.

Favorite thing about working at StratEx:
My favorite part about working at StratEx is genuinely laughing during the work day. No matter how stressful the day may be, anyone on the Operations Team or in the office always says something to lighten the mood and make me laugh out loud.

Advice to new StratExians:
My advice to any new StratExians is to be confident! You have to trust yourself and your instincts when it comes to starting new roles, tasks and projects. Always remember you know and understand more than you may think.

Which celebrity would you like to be for a day?
Beyoncé, of course!