Employee Spotlight: Amy Wykes

 

Name: Amy Wykes
Title: Cost Accountant

Favorite quote:
“Never be afraid to put an unknown future into the hands of a known God.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom

Describe what you do in a day:
I feel like accounting is hard to describe because it’s so many jigsaw like pieces that go into a huge financial puzzle, eventually forming a picture that represents everything that Triangle does but on paper. I work with the Project Managers, Project Coordinators & subcontractors to make sure we are all on the same page, and that each job is working financially.

What is your proudest accomplishment?
Raising 2 children to happy, healthy adults that still enjoy spending time with Mom & Dad, and 30 years married to the same man, who still makes me laugh.

Why Triangle?
I’ve only been with Triangle since September, but I have been pleasantly surprised by several things. Triangle views it’s employees as an asset not a liability. I’ve noticed that Triangle leadership appreciates teamwork, creative ideas and growth, and those things are encouraged from the top down. They also have a huge emphasis on positive thinking – speaking what you want to see in a person and assuming they will rise to the challenge.

How has your career grown since starting at Triangle?
Humility has been the biggest thing I’ve noticed. I work with some incredibly smart people. I’ve always been able to walk into a job and get comfortable pretty quickly. The expectation for excellence can be overwhelming at times but it’s also refreshing. I chose Triangle because I didn’t want to finish out the last 15 to 20 years of my work life doing things just OK. I have never been more challenged in a job, honestly, and growth. Even though it can be uncomfortable, it’s always good, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Favorite project you’ve worked on?
I don’t have a favorite yet…I am still really excited when any new project that I get to work on. I am still enjoying when that light bulb goes on and things make sense. I had never worked in construction and  it’s a whole new language for me.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I am involved in two different groups in Michigan. Great Lakes Primitives and City Impact in Cedar Springs. Great Lakes Primitives sponsors outdoor events that teach people things like making primitive tools for hunting, butchering game, herbal remedies, basketry, etc. Basically, any lost art or skill that people on every continent have used to survive. The second group is City Impact, which works with people who are looking for ways to improve their life through recovery from addictions, better financial health, life coaching or mentorship while finding joy & peace in a relationship with God.

How did you end up in construction?
I needed a change. My husband and I both worked at the same Promotional Products company in Jenison and we had all our financial eggs in one basket, so to speak. I wasn’t looking for construction specifically but was looking for a good environment with a healthy, growing company.

What’s the last book you read?
Currently I’m reading, “The Way of Kings” by Brandon Sanderson, but my favorite book that has had a huge impact is Max Lucado’s “It’s Not About Me”.

What motivates you?
I am a self‐motivator and a bit of a perfectionist. This leads to humility when you are learning and doing a lot of screwing up while you are learning. I love to help people, whether it’s doing the dishes or taking on a new task or just doing something well so that someone else’s job is easier.

What are you working on right now?
At work, learning as much as possible, as quickly as possible. At home, we have a house that was built in 1880 and we are empty nesters with the time to do some fixing up.

Nickname?
Wiggie – my husband has called me that since college – one bad hair day stuck.

Hidden talents?
I can make string or functional baskets just going for a walk in the woods and have taught people how to make arrowheads from stone and I love to sing.