Clayton is a Business Data Analyst who has been with Synergy Billing almost three years and is our October 2017 Synergist of the Month.

Q: What do you like best about working for Synergy Billing?

Clayton: “The current position Synergy is in, as a relatively small and nimble business that is poised for massive growth, means there are practically countless opportunities to make real and substantial contributions to the success and growth of the company all of the time. Whether any specific contribution a person makes is big or small in scope is essentially immaterial; every day each of us are in a position to make a substantial contribution toward the success of the company, and to be recognized for our efforts—that is a really exciting thought!”

Q: What Synergy core value speaks to you the most and how do you demonstrate it?

Clayton:Passion is the value that speaks to me the most. I would never be able to do my job well if I wasn’t passionate about it. I know there are probably quite a few people who think I’m crazy for being so interested in and getting so excited about things that put them to sleep, but I love it! To me good quality, actionable data is priceless. Finding the answer to the question, ‘How can I get XYZ information and make sure that it is accurate?’ is one of the best feelings in the world!”

 Q: Share a time you have gone above and beyond or taken the initiative get something done.

Clayton: “I am a big believer in the notion that you should never stop growing, never stop learning, and never stop striving to improve yourself. Believe it or not, I never technically graduated from a high school. I was sick frequently growing up and missed so much school that my high school forced me to leave because my attendance was affecting their budget. I was determined, however, to fulfill my lifelong goal of going to college, so with little more than completion of the equivalent of my sophomore year in high school I took and passed the GED exam. After that I went on to earn an A.A. in 3 years, transferred to Florida State University to complete my Bachelor’s degree in Economics in half the time it took me to earn my A.A., and finally completed an MBA program at the University of Central Florida. Everybody has issues that cause them more or less difficulty in accomplishing certain goals and it’s OK if it’s hard, it’s OK if you try and you fall on your face—the key difference between “failure” and “just a setback” is how you approach your situation after you fall on your face and what you decide to do afterward.”