Employee Spotlight – Les Anderson

This month, the spotlight is on Les Anderson, CU Engage’s Chief Growth Officer; a new position within the company. Thus far in his short tenure at CU Engage, Les has taken steps to ensure we are driving the generation of new business across all services within CU Engage, is expanding relationship management for our entire portfolio of valued clients, and is keeping an eye on the horizon for what our clients need.

After spending over 23 years at FIS, Les was drawn to CU Engage after witnessing the passion co-founders Jennifer Addabbo and James Guild show for this company and their vision for the future. Now that he is part of the CU Engage team, what Les says he enjoys most about working here is “It’s the ability to directly impact & help our clients and their members.  Plus, the people at CU Engage are incredible to work with – every day is a chance to learn.”

As a military kid, Les moved around until he was eight years old when his family settled in the Tampa area. Now living in the Clearwater area with his wife and daughter, he can’t seem to leave (we understand!). His favorite thing about living in Clearwater is his incredible network of friends. He feels it is the best part of being a local for so long. While you won’t find him mowing the lawn (he “retired” from that chore a long time ago), you will find Les spending time with his family and friends doing all the things they love to do together, including faith, fitness, live music, the outdoors, muddling in art, all things Tampa Bay & UF sports.

Thirsty for more? Read on to learn more about Les!


Fun Facts about Les

Q: Are you a hunter or a gatherer?                                                                                                         A: Hunter.

Q: What is the coolest or most important trend you see today?                                                          A: How all banking activities are now shifting to purely digital, it has changed the financial landscape forever.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?                                                                                                                A: For entertainment?  Star Wars & Harry Potter (read all the books).  Food?  Sigh…Doritos.

Q: What makes you laugh?                                                                                                                      A: My wife & daughter, my extended family, my fantasy football league idiot (life-long) friends, my bandmates, at times even myself.

Q: What inspires you?                                                                                                                                A: Selfless behavior.

Q: What is your definition of success?                                                                                                     A: Providing for my family while doing something I love.

Q: If you could learn to do any one thing, what would it be?                                                             A: Play guitar much better than I do.

Q: When you have 30 minutes of free time, what are you doing?                                                      A: Exercising, probably while I also reflect on my day.

Q: Is the glass half empty or half full?                                                                                                      A: Mostly full, unless I’m thirsty.

Q: What is the best vacation you’ve taken?                                                                                            A: The UK, 2018 with wife & daughter…hit London, Oxford, Lake District, St. Andrews, The Open at Carnoustie (insanely cool) and finished in Edinburgh…game changer.

Q: What is an ability you wish you had?                                                                                                  A: The ability to fly.

Q: What is your personal brand statement?                                                                                            A: “Control the things you can:  Attitude and Effort.”

Q: If you could pick one theme for CU Engage to turn into a book about the company, what would you choose?                                                                                                                                   A: Willpower to Help, Willpower to Win.

Q: If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?                                A: Burger, fries, cold draft.

Q: What are your top three life highlights?                                                                                             A: Birth of our daughter; getting married to my very best friend; the sincere, loving relationship I’ve developed with all parts of my extended family.

Q: What is on your bucket list?                                                                                                                  A: Play the top 5 golf courses in the world.

Q: What are your pet peeves?                                                                                                                     A: Dishonesty, repeated tardiness, someone not trying.

Q: What is your favorite holiday?                                                                                                              A: The special one that runs from Thanksgiving to New Years’…I call it December.

Q: What is something funny that happened to you recently?                                                             A: Sent a card to someone for their birthday…3 months off.  No good deed goes unpunished.

Q: When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?                                                                A: Last weekend…it’s a regular thing!

Q: What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?                                                                                  A: Rattlesnake sausage and an ostrich burger…ugh.

Q: What is on the radio in your car?                                                                                                         A: Local sports radio; Lithium or Chill XM.

Q: What is your favorite 90’s jam?                                                                                                            A: This is How We Do It, Montell Jordan

Q: What was your first concert?                                                                                                                A: Bon Jovi opening for Ratt (!!)

Q: Are you messy or organized?                                                                                                                A: I’m pretty organized, except my desk on a Friday morning.

Q: Describe CU Engage in 5 words or less:                                                                                             A: Helping, Trusted, Reputation, Honest, Growth.

Q: What advice would you give to new hires?                                                                                        A: Ask questions and remember to listen.  A lot.

Q: What does true leadership mean to you?                                                                                          A: Leading by example; making it a priority to use wisdom to help develop others to reach their true potential; honesty & consistency.

Q: Do you have an office nickname?                                                                                                       A: Not that I know of (and don’t tell me).

Q: If you were the newest crayon in the box, what color would you be and why?                         A: A bright mix of orange & blue…I mean, come on.

Q: What was your favorite book, toy, or outfit as a child?                                                                    A: Favorite book:  Where the Red Fern Grows

Q: Best advice you’ve ever been given?                                                                                                 A: Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb, that’s where the fruit is.

Q: What is your spirit animal?                                                                                                                    A: Hawk.

Q: What would you do if you won the lottery?                                                                                      A: Grab my wife and probably go for a looooooong walk to talk it out…then, inevitably, pop a cork.

Q: What is one thing about you few people know?                                                                             A: I’ve always got a running race/event on the calendar, part of my overall fitness goals.

Q: What celebrity do people think you look like?                                                                                  A: Will Farrell.

Q: Have you ever met anyone famous?                                                                                                   A: Jimmy Fallon, at Mirage in Vegas.

Q: What book did you read last?                                                                                                              A: Bossypants, by Tina Fey.

Q: What would the title of your autobiography be?                                                                             A: Holy Sh*t!  We did it!

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