Jubitz employee Amanda Mclain awarded NATSO Foundation scholarship
November 8, 2019
Every year The NATSO Foundation awards $5,000 scholarships to deserving students with ties to the truckstop and travel plaza industry through the Bill and Carolyn Moon Scholarship, and this year Jubitz is proud to announce that Vault Auditor Amanda Mclain is a scholarship recipient. Thanks to this scholarship, Amanda will be able to finish her bachelor’s degree in accounting at Portland State University earlier than originally planned and now expects to graduate in fall 2020.
Before Amanda decided to pursue accounting, she earned degrees in both culinary arts and music production while living in Florida. While she loved both of those things, “I wanted to be practical about what I was going to do with my future,” she said. She enjoyed working with numbers and found a position in Florida where she worked with money and logistics, but she felt like it wasn’t a place where she could grow. In search of a new challenge, she decided to move to Portland, a city she hadn’t even heard of until a few years before.
Seeking challenges isn’t unusual for Amanda. An extremely motivated student, she completed her associate’s degree at Portland Community College, a two-year degree, in one year while also working full-time at Jubitz.
As a vault auditor at Jubitz, Amanda collects tills and does audits to ensure accuracy. She also fills ATM cassettes, lottery machines and does other tasks that put her all over the Jubitz campus, which means that she’s not just in an office all day–she gets to interact with her coworkers and customers on a daily basis.
Amanda’s hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed. In May 2019, she was named World Class Customer Service Experiences Superstar of the Month. “Amanda is an integral part of our small vault team…[she] has taken the lead role in the vault…and the vault has been excelling under her lead,” said Crystal Petrie, her supervisor. Amanda is always willing to go above and beyond, and this year she was even the co-chair of Jubitz’s annual fundraising campaign for United Way.
Amanda’s favorite thing about Jubitz is the people. “The people will make or break the job, no matter how much you like the actual job you’re doing,” she said. Working at Jubitz is also a great fit for Amanda because her flexible schedule can easily accommodate her school schedule, and she is able to use tuition reimbursement offered by Jubitz to help pay for her classes.
Amanda also loves Jubitz’s commitment to World Class Customer Experiences, or WCCE. In her scholarship essay she wrote “Being employed at Jubitz has allowed me to see my full potential while continuing to learn and grow every day. World Class Customer Experience has taught me how to communicate more effectively and positively with the customers I may encounter, as well as my peers.”
In the future, Amanda hopes to take on a leadership role where she can challenge herself and be a mentor to others. “I am excited to see what the future brings for Amanda,” said her supervisor Crystal Petrie. We know it will be bright!