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Glick Employee Spotlight: Hyacinth Garrison

The Gene B. Glick Company is honored to have such hard-working, dedicated team members and we are proud to recognize these individuals in a monthly employee spotlight!

Q: What is your title at the Gene B. Glick Company?

A: I am the director of payroll and benefits accounting in Glick's corporate office.

Q: How long have you been with the company?
A: I have been with Glick over 27 years!

Q: Have you had any other positions with the company?
A: Yes. I served as a corporate accountant, a benefits accounting controller, and a payroll and benefits manager previously.

Q: What brought you to Glick? Why did you want to work here?
A: The reputation of the legendary Eugene B. Glick drew me to the company.

Q: How did you make your way into this industry?
A: By luck actually! I happened to work across the street from the Glick corporate office when I first came to Indianapolis.

Q: What training/education/background did you bring with you?
A: I have a bachelor’s degree in accounting. In my first job out of college, I served as an accounting assistant to the controller of a company. That was my only other job before I came to Glick.

Q: Why is your role/the work you do at Glick important?
A: Everyone needs their salary and I’m here to make sure that they get it.

Q: What would surprise people about your role/the work you do?
A: Payroll is only half of what I do. I also do accounting for our retirement plan, our benefits, the Glick Family Foundation and more. Basically, I account for a lot of things in my role.

Q: What has surprised you the most about working at Glick?
A: I think seeing how much the company has grown and changed since I started surprises me the most.

Q: What has kept you here?
A: I love what I do and the variety of it.

Q: Where are you from?
A: I’m from Norfolk, Virginia, originally. I live on the east side of Indianapolis now.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: I enjoy reading, relaxing and spending time with my family.

Q: What might surprise Glick team members about you?
A: I love using power tools, so I’m always making things. I once saw a picture of a table that I liked on the internet. I wanted it and decided to make it based on the picture. I’m also horrible at directions! Please tell me left or right – not east or west. I’m a very tenacious person too. My time as a student-athlete at Kentucky State University made me that way.

Q: You’re not one to boast about your accomplishments but we are proud to share that you were known as a world-class high jumper at Kentucky State!
A: My entire track career can be summed up by something my coach always said: “Good, better, best. Never let it rest until your good is better and your better is best!”

Q: Kentucky State University (KSU) inducted you its K-Club Hall of Fame in 2016 and earlier this year you became just the third KSU athlete – and the only female – to be inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame. Congratulations! What does this recognition mean to you?
A: It’s a great honor and it feels like a dream that I don’t want to wake up from. I still can’t believe it! I mean, how many people can actually say that they are in the Hall of Fame?

Q: If you won the lottery and didn’t have to worry about money, how would you fill your time (e.g., dream job, hobbies, causes)?
A: I would spend as much time as possible with my family. I would also volunteer at homeless and animal shelters.

Q: If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
A: I would travel back in time so I could spend more time with my dad before his eternal rest.

Q: Do you live life by any certain motto or philosophy?
A: When life hands you lemons, throw them away and drink wine. Also, treat everyone how you would like to be treated.