• Terry Parnell

Employee Spotlight: Cassie Carney

Title: Chief Financial Officer

Years at SAEC: 2 Years

Birthday: September 19th

Tell us about yourself.

I grew up for the most part in Edwardsville IL, which is also where I attended college. Go Cougars! I have been married for 11 years and have seven-year-old twin boys. They just started 1st grade and seem to excel at keeping us on our toes. We are almost done building our forever home in the country on the edge of Edwardsville. There is not a lot of country left in Edwardsville, so we cherish our little piece of it.

What is your proudest moment at SAEC?

Not falling on my face during our curling event. :) I think I am most proud of working at SAEC when we are able to partake in servant's day and participate in community service during work hours. I am proud to be a part of an organization that not only believes in giving back but actively provides time for its employees to do so.

What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?

I enjoy being able to provide information that was not previously available to help leaders in every level of our organization make better more informed decisions.

If you could pick one theme for SAEC to turn into a book about the company, what would it be?

Family first. It's easy to say family first and it's another to mean it. I brought my kids to work one day, which was great. They make my day lighter and I was able to do that because its encouraged. I enjoy the family environment and the fact that we are able to put our family first which is where they should be.

Get in buffalo!

Before working at SAEC, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?

As sad as some might find it, my first job was when I was 17 and I worked in accounting for an insurance company. That being said I was once recruited by my grandpa at about age 13 to bring a baby buffalo home to the farm in the back of a GMC Jimmy. That was a very interesting job.

Name your favorite movie or TV show quote.

I don't know that I have a favorite movie quote or tv show quote although I do seem to use "You're killing me smalls" (- Sandlot) on occasion, or when my husband is driving..."Let me out of the car Cole" (-Days of Thunder). I don't particularly like that movie but my husband does so it works.

What is a random fact that most may not know about you?

I was the second largest baby born in a very small-town hospital. The 1st was born the day before me.

Describe what you were like at age 10.

At age 10 I was very into softball, basketball and fishing and loved spending time on the farm. All things girl obviously. :)

What is your office nickname?

Could you. I hear it all the time “Could you...", "Could you...", hey "Could you". It's really growing on me.

If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?

Maybe the moon landing because most of the historical events I think of are historical because of negative reasons. The moon landing was a positive event one that opened minds to possibilities.

What book did you last read?

Two second lean.

"Catch me!"

What children's character can you relate with most and why?

Ariel because I'm curious, sometimes stubborn, I like to see new places and things, and sometimes walk as if I've never had legs before.

What have you always wanted to try but never have?

Class 5 white water rafting.

What is the last clean joke you recall?

My kids asked...what is the best kind of bear...a gummy bear. Not sure that's even a joke but they found it hilarious so it made me laugh.

Where is the best place you have traveled to and why?

Grand Canyon. Not only is it a beautiful place but we took my grandmother there for her 80th birthday because that was her one bucket list item. She never thought she'd go so it was a special trip to be able to take her and my mom.

What is the weirdest thing you have on your desk?

A small plastic bunny that when pulled apart is also a paint brush. My kiddos left it when they came to the office and now it’s something I find myself picking up when I'm thinking something over.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

If I could learn how to let things go...that would be amazing. I tend to take way too much to heart and it’s a stressful way to be. I'm working on it though.

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