A chat with a few of the women who make Daycon the great place that it is. We’d like to thank these wonderful women for all they do and their amazing contributions to the Daycon culture.
Kathy Scaldaferri – Assistant Controller
“Kathy is an incredible workhorse, always pleasant, despite having the responsibility for our general ledger accounting with all supporting work papers, company payroll, corporate tax reviewer reconciling to GAAP, state tax allocations, sales, real estate and payroll taxes. She is 100% reliable. I couldn’t imagine coming to work for one day without her on our team.” – John Poole, President, Daycon
- What is your role at Daycon? As the Assistant Controller at Daycon I prepare the monthly financial statements, prepare account reconciliations, coordinate and provide analysis for the annual audit, process payroll, and manage all other areas of federal, state and local tax compliance including sales tax, business licenses, annual state reports, W2s, 1099s, corporate tax filings, and the 401K audit and tax filings.
- Why do you like working at Daycon? The people are what make Daycon a great and enjoyable place to work. Many of my coworkers have become cherished friends as well. The leadership team has always been very supportive & encouraging, and the corporate culture has been one of integrity and family first.
- What does International Women’s Day mean to you? I never knew much about Women’s History Month until now. Being nominated to be included in the celebration caused me to reflect on how much things have changed since I first began my career back in the early 80’s when my field was very much male-dominated. I realize how many strides have been made towards empowering women as well as the fact that there is more to be done. International Women’s Day is a great way to bring attention to those achievements and to pave a brighter future for young women like my granddaughter.
- What is the biggest achievement in your career or the one that you are proudest of? Even as a single mom, at least for the first 10 years of my son’s life, and without the benefit of a college degree, I was able to advance my career to my current position. Not that I don’t believe that a college education is important, because I do, but when circumstances didn’t allow, I was able to find alternative ways to reach my goals by focusing on taking core accounting and business courses, earning accounting certificates from the Maryland Society of Accountants and becoming an enrolled agent with the Internal Revenue Service. Not to mention having a couple of great mentors. It makes me proud to know that I have earned the respect of my colleagues and to know they appreciate my work ethic and see me as a leader in my field.
- What are you most passionate about? I am mostly passionate about my family and spending time with them is what brings me the most joy. I also love taking road trips and discovering the hidden secrets of small towns.
- What initiatives related to International Women’s Day would you like to see from Envoy Solutions in the future? Some activities during the month of March to celebrate the achievements of women in our organization, as well as some mentoring and educational opportunities for those women who are looking to further their careers would be most welcome.
- What is something fun that not everyone would know about you? I’m not sure I have any secret hidden talents; however, I am told that I am very good at organizing and planning celebrations and family events. I also love to play golf.
Saibatu Kamarah – Director of Inside Sales & Customer Service
“When I think of inspiring leaders at Daycon, Sab Kamarah comes to mind. Sab has been a remarkable generator of positive energy since she burst onto the scene at Daycon. Everything Sab does, she does with great energy and passion, both at work and at home with her children. She is always willing to raise her hand and pitch in when asked and has gained tremendous respect amongst the Daycon family. In addition, she is now collaborating with the North American team to help develop a national model for inside sales.” – Howard Cohen, CEO, Daycon
- What is your role at Daycon? I am the Director of Inside Sales & Customer Service.
- Why do you like working at Daycon? Daycon provides solutions and value. Working with Daycon is a privilege because we are able to put organizations in a position to “shine.” The one-stop shop of convenience, savings, and resolutions.
- What does Women’s History Month mean to you? It’s a month of recognition to those women and girls who are impactful around the world. Those who are committed to change, equality, service, compassion, and success.
- What is the biggest achievement in your career or the one that you are proudest of? I’m most proud of creating successful teams by implementing strategies, processes, and team structures that work. Having committed teams who understand each assignment while providing quality customer service, stellar skill sets, and professionalism is a BIG achievement to me. A team of “pride” for Daycon and what we do.
- What are you passionate about (career & company related or not)? I’m passionate about leading a team by example and through coaching, commitment and understanding.
- What future initiatives related to International Women’s Month would you like to see from Envoy Solutions? Not sure yet. I look forward to all initiatives related to this month.
- What is something fun that not everyone would know about you? I HAVE JAM SESSIONS IN MY CAR EVERY MORNING!! Music is a form of energy and daily motivation.
Tiffany Sammons, HR Director
“I would like to recognize Tiffany Sammons, Director of Human Resources. By the grace of God Tiffany came to Daycon when the public company she was working for had her working seven days a week. Tiffany brought a level of expertise and professionalism to our HR team that we never imagined. Strategic, thoughtful, and graciously tough…Tiffany sees and gets done what needs to be done without being told. She’s a true “A” player.” – John Poole, President, Daycon
- What is your role at Daycon? I am currently the HR Director of Daycon, responsible for all HR functional areas, and a member of Daycon’s senior leadership team (which happens to be all male).
- Why do you like working at Daycon? I joined the Daycon team a little over a year ago. I was attracted to their 80-year legacy and the authentic family feel that is hard to come by these days. Most importantly, Daycon is a responsible employer, always doing the right thing for the employee, the customer and the community. Our leadership team truly works to “walk the walk” even when it’s difficult. I admire this.
- What does International Women’s Day mean to you? If I’m being honest, I’m not a feminist so this answer may surprise you. I don’t think we need a month to highlight the accomplishments of women today. I think everyone knows women are crushing it. All. Year. Long. To that end, I consider Women’s History Month a friendly reminder of progress and what the women preceding us overcame in order to get a seat at the table. Let’s celebrate those women most of all.
- What is the biggest achievement in your career or the one that you are proudest of? When I graduated high school I set goals for my education, my career and my family life. I had a vision for where I wanted to be at 20, 30 and 40. It wasn’t easy but I’ve hit every milestone so far. I suppose that consistency is what I’m most proud of. I followed my own rules – finished college, finished grad school, had the babies, worked for the promotions, and got them. I’m not special and I have no secrets… just decided to do the work. When you combine hard work with opportunity, the results will come.
- What are you passionate about (career & company related or not)? Professionally and personally, I’m a big fan of fairness and ethics. These are simple words but they are so, so important. I have little patience for those that do not incorporate these values into everything they do. Early in my HR career, I got the nickname “Ethical Ethyl.” It was intended to tease me but instead, I wore the label proudly.
- What future initiatives related to International Women’s Day would you like to see from Envoy Solutions? A piece of next year’s campaign could focus on employees that are mothers and associated tips and tricks for making it. While I said I’m not a feminist, I do believe that being a working mother is the hardest job in the world, and doubly hard for single mothers.
- What is something fun that not everyone would know about you? I’ve always been into celebrities; I’m that guy that reads all the magazines and has the app that alerts them to breaking celeb news. Celebs interest me because I like to learn about them as real people and see the contrast. I usually vacation in LA and spend most of my trip as a mini paparazza. I found Bob Saget taking his trash out, I jumped in a bush to snap a pic of CeeLo Green, and I had lunch at a booth right next to Brendan Frasier at a restaurant I didn’t even want to eat at. I have many more stories.