The August Staff of the Month is Phil Varrick

September 23, 2016

Phil started his CWI adventure as a Senior Accounts Receivable Specialist and is currently a Budget Analyst in the Business Office. He has an Associate of Arts in Visual Communication (Photography), a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, and is currently working on his MBA in Finance and Accounting.

Phil’s nomination notes that “he has always exemplified what an ideal employee is and demonstrates all of our core values. Phil does every aspect of his job with the upmost integrity. Since taking on the role as Budget Analyst, Phil has been continuously working on the budget process to make it easier on our internal customers as well as to ensure the integrity of the data in the system.” His nomination also states: “Phil also follows all laws and in any situation that could be unethical always does what is right even if it is not the popular decision. Phil’s attention to detail and assurance of accuracy will help sustain the college for future generations.”

His nominations continues by stating: “No matter the question Phil provides a full detailed response with everything they need. While helping people Phil always keeps a calm demeanor and a caring attitude. He truly cares about the job he does and the people he works with. Phil truly takes people’s opinions and ideas into account when working with them.

Phil always looks for ways to improve what we have. An example is this year he is helping develop the Position Control module into Colleague. This will help streamline the budget process for positions between HR and the Budget Office.”

In 1998, Phil moved to Idaho with his future wife to be near her family. Over the past fifteen years, they have been caregivers to various family members, mostly grandparents. Their “children” are all rescue animals, including two cats, eleven turtles, a gecko, and, now, two chickens. When not studying, taking care of family and pets, he also teaches motorcycle safety with the Idaho STAR Motorcycle Safety program. He has been an instructor for ten years and loves coaching riders on the skills needed to be safer on the roads.

A fun fact about Phil you might not know is that he has had the privilege to meet and photograph many interesting people over the years. One of his favorites was of Stephen King while on his book tour. He was only autographing copies of the book to be auctioned off for charity. Phil overheard that he was having trouble with his 1950’s era Harley Davidson (on which he was riding for the book tour) and he was able to get him in to a local shop for repairs that day. In return, King autographed a copy of his book for Phil. The picture shown is from that day.

Please join us in congratulating Phil.