We don’t want you to forget about us over the 4th of July holiday, so we’re back this week with another Spring Spotlight so you can get to know our team better. A lot of our work is complicated and not always easily explained, but we all have a lighter, fun side too. Learn about Actuarial Analyst and critical team member, Phoenix Zhang, below.
Joined Spring in: September of 2015
At work: Phoenix is primarily responsible for helping with financial reporting, reserving, projections and liability valuations for client projects. Not sure what this all means? No worries, we have a glossary for that.
Outside-of-work: “Actuarial exams!!!” Phoenix spends much of her free time studying for a series of certification exams given by the Society of Actuaries. But she does make time for herself too – she just started taking barre classes and has been going almost everyday. “After 8 hours of sitting at work, it is nice to stretch and get moving, and I always feel energized after”, explains Phoenix.
Favorite season: “I like fall because of the colors of the leaves and the fun holidays that happen during the season, like Halloween.” Phoenix also enjoys fall because there are a lot of festive activities to do outdoors – she loved going apple picking and grabbing some cider and a doughnut at local cider mills during her falls spent in Michigan (btw, she’s a Wolverine…see that pennant?).
Favorite flower: Phoenix likes lilies because they’re pretty and she thinks their long, tall stems makes them elegant.
Favorite food: “I like a really good salad – but not one that is just veggies – preferably some grains, meats and plenty of cheese included!” Phew, thought she was going too healthy on us there for a second.
Favorite part about working at Spring: Phoenix says, “I like the fact that I’m getting exposed to different aspects of the business. For an actuary, it’s really important to have experience in different types of projects.” We know her 2nd favorite part is our monthly bagel celebration, but that doesn’t sound as good 🙂
If you were stuck on a desert island, what 3 things would you want to have with you? Phoenix would bring a box of matches, multivitamin gummies and a fully-charged iPod loaded with good music from all decades between 1900-2010. She was pretty clear about not needing any music that came out after 2010. #GloryDays