Spotlight on Lenzell
Do you like getting your paycheck on-time and how it’s supposed to be? Of course you do! And if you work for Growthwright or one of our clients, it’s likely you have Lenzell Clark to thank. Outside of supporting payroll for hundreds of employees, this keen storyteller has an artistic eye and travelling feet and relaxes to the “dun dun” of Law & Order. What else do you need to know about Lenzell? Rev the engine of a classic car, and let’s take a trip to find out.
24 Questions with Lenzell Clark, Payroll Administrator
1. What is your favorite word?
“No.” You want to say “yes” to everything, but I have learned that if there’s a little voice inside me saying “no,” I need to listen to that instinct. Setting those boundaries is very important to my success and well-being.
2. What is your least favorite word?
“Quit.” Too many regrets follow giving up on something too soon. I’m tenacious and driven to see a challenge through to the end.
3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
I enjoy stories, particularly the opportunity to listen to someone tell about their journey. There’s power in the truth.
4. What turns you off?
Arrogance. We all have something to learn, and that can’t happen without a certain amount of humility.
5. What sound or noise do you love?
Silence. When I’m on task – reading or working – I need quiet to focus.
6. What sound or noise do you hate?
Silence. When the work is done, I’m ready for action. Turn up the volume on life and go, go, go.
7. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Attorney. The history of our country is intertwined with the evolution of the law, and that fascinates me. I also like that there are so many areas of the law you can pursue and the challenge of a legal problem.
8. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
9. At which store would you like to max-out your credit card?
Dick’s Sporting Goods. I go in there to practice my golf swing and check out the golf clubs.
10. What was your favorite toy as a kid?
Basketball. I played sports all throughout school – basketball, football, running cross-country – and value the physical and mental strength those require.
11. What is the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time?
Read. Biographies and mysteries are particular favorites, and I really enjoyed The Shack. Lately, I have been re-reading old books, and it’s interesting how the passing of a decade (or two) changes your perspective on the story.
12. What, or who, are you a “closet” fan of?
I’m a fan of great parents.
13. What are three things still left on your bucket list?
(1) Travel to South Africa. I want to get off the beaten path and experience the food and meet people where they really live.
(2) Complete law school. I was enrolled when I was younger but left due to life circumstances. I’m continuing with my studies now, and even if I never practice law, it’s important to me to complete what I started.
(3) Road trip across the country. With family spread out all over – from southern Mississippi to Memphis to Chicago, Cleveland to New York to Boston, and all points in between – I travel a lot, but I have yet to make this one happen.
14. If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?
Power to fly
15. What do you like best about working for Growthwright?
I do appreciate the individuality that you are afforded here and the opportunity for growth.
16. Best job:
Naval service member. I joined the Navy right out of high school as a means to getting a college education – which I did – but I also received a lot of skills training, learned to thrive under the structure, and made life-long friends.
17. Favorite place to live:
South Florida. It’s so scenic, the light is beautiful, and the weather is warm in a way that envelops you.
18. You’re happiest when:
I’m being myself.
19. You’re proudest of:
My mother. She raised four children to success on her own while she was working and going to school at night.
20. The top three highlights of your life so far:
(1) Becoming a father. I have a son who is 13 and a daughter who is 10.
(2) Traveling the world in the military. While serving on the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy during Operation Desert Storm, I had the opportunity to see parts of the world I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. I saw the pyramids in Egypt, walked the streets of Jerusalem and took a lot of pictures.
(3) Vacationing with my children, especially Hawaii. It was picture-perfect, just like the travel brochures. Greeted with leis when we stepped off the plane, attending a luau with the roasted pig wrapped in banana leaves, whale watching, soft black-sand beach with wild horses, hiking the lava tubes, balmy 82-degree weather every day.
21. People would be surprised to know:
I would love to write a book one day.
22. Best vacation:
I really enjoyed Costa Rica. I met a local who invited me to see the “real” Costa Rica, including eating with his grandmother. He also introduced me to a 30-year expatriate Captain Jack from Philadelphia who took us out fishing, and we caught a marlin.
23. Favorite vehicle:
1971 Oldsmobile 4-4-2 convertible. I actually bought one in Memphis for $800 when I was 25 years old. It was blue with a brown interior. I loved that car, but a mechanic convinced me it had a bad frame that would be “too expensive” to fix, so I sold it. It’s the one that got away.
24. Strange talent:
I can draw pretty well – people, scenery, anything. No one in my family is an artist, and I never took any formal art training; it’s just something I’ve always been able to do.
“I enjoy stories, particularly the opportunity to listen to someone tell about their journey. There’s power in the truth.”
Lenzell’s favorite place to live was South Florida. “It’s so scenic, the light is beautiful, and the weather is warm in a way that envelops you.”