Abbas Ali, manager of financial planning and analysis, uses his expertise to assist in creating in-depth reports — from working with the sales department to analyze competitors’ pricing to breaking down the cost of freight with the shipping department.
Recently, Abbas assisted the manufacturing team by developing a tool to help improve the process of finding glass. “He was able to use his awesome automation and Excel skills and make a hard, manual process easier,” chief financial officer Heather Zorge says. “He always wants to make things better and is willing to dive in and do whatever he can to help.”
Beyond his deep analysis, Abbas brings several other virtues to work every day. He’s a team player, a good communicator, and isn’t afraid to work outside his comfort zone. Since he started with the company in July 2017, Abbas has continually proven himself to be a move-and-adjust player of the highest caliber. In fact, he nabbed his first Office Employee of the Month in September 2018.
“Abbas exhibited our core values and the characteristics I think we all really aspire to by going out of his comfort zone and offering to help other departments,” Heather says. “He is a true ambassador of our culture, core values, and leadership principles.”
Congratulations, Abbas Ali, on being Western Window Systems’ office employee of the month for May!
Learn more about Abbas Ali by reading his Q&A:
Where are you from?
Pakistan, but I have been in Arizona for 20 years.
What is your favorite sport to watch or play?
Cricket to play, soccer to watch.
What are your hobbies?
I have been in a planting mood lately. This spring I got six fruit trees. If they harvest, I will be sure to bring them in and share the fruits of my labor – no pun intended.
Who do you look up to/admire?
My dad and my brother.
Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
If money were no object, what would you do all day?
Asking a finance guy if money were not an object is like asking a molecular scientist what if there were no such thing as atoms. I still tried very hard, but my mind won’t let me think in absolutes.
What is your favorite movie?
The Shawshank Redemption and Nocturnal Animals
What is your biggest success up until now?
There are so many, like getting my first real job, getting my MBA, being a good husband and father (I think the verdict is still out on that).
What’s your favorite part of working at Western Window Systems?
Having the opportunities to solve a multitude of challenges.
What is one fun fact about yourself that almost no one knows?
I was driving daily when I was 13-14 years old.