Hanging Out With Robert Robert has held several positions at Innovative Funding Services (IFS) over the last five years, but he has been in the auto industry his whole life. It's a family business! Robert's father, Tim Janssen, is President…
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Hanging Out with Amy
Meet our lovely IFS office administrator, Amy Strain. Amy has been with IFS for almost four years, and has loved every moment of being a part of the family-driven work environment. As a graduate from the University of Texas, Amy’s true passion is in education. She has found ways to incorporate this interest in her free time by gobbling up books and teaching Sunday school. Check out our interview below to learn some facts about Amy you may have never guessed!
Getting to Know Amy
What do you like the most about IFS?
My favorite thing about IFS is the family atmosphere. Since I spend more waking hours at work than at home, it’s nice to be around people for whom I have a great affinity.
Is there a fond or funny IFS memory or story you’d like to share?
Halloween is a big deal at IFS. It is great fun to see how creative my co-workers can be. My greatest memories are anticipating what one of our managers was going to be each year. He was such a trip! The best Halloween I can remember was this 6’ tall, skinny man dressed up as Richard Simmons. And he would pretty much stay in character all day.
What is your professional history with cars?
I have only been involved in the car industry personally since I began working here. However, my husband, who worked at IFS before me, was in the car industry for about 20 years. So, you could say the car industry has been part of my life for over 20 years.
What is your dream car and why?
My dream car is a BMW 328i. At one time my husband worked for BMW and we had a 328i and an X-3. That little sports car just screamed “go fast….GO F A S T E R!!!” And the way it handled just made me want to keep driving.
Do you lease or buy?
We have 3 cars – all paid for. The best kind!
What was your first car?
When I was in high school my dad bought me a Chevy Nova that my uncle had to work on before it would even run. But, I was very excited to have it. It got me from point A to point B and that’s all I was concerned about.
What is something your coworkers probably don’t know about you?
Most of my co-workers probably don’t know that I am a PADI certified scuba diver. That is how I met my husband. He was my instructor. There is something to be said for being the teacher’s pet!
What is a personal motto or mantra that you live by?
I try to live by the Golden Rule, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The key word here is “try.”
What are you the most proud of?
I am most proud to be a child of God. I am also proud of my family. I have been married to the kindest, sweetest man I know for 28 years, and we have the sweetest, most talented daughter in the world.
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
The top 3 things on my bucket list would be, in no particular order: travel to Italy for an extended vacation, go to a Super Bowl , retire in a post-communist, thriving Cuba. Along with that goes – speak Spanish fluently!
Have you ever leased a vehicle? Share your story.
When my husband worked for BMW they offered the employees special lease deals. So we leased an X-3 and a 328i. Also, when he worked at Ford we leased a Taurus. The cars were always under warranty and the maintenance was always taken care of. That was nice.
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