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Alison Anders, CPCP, Senior Manager, Charles Schwab

Featured Member for June 2019

Alison’s career in Corporate Cards began in 2010 when, working in the gold mining industry as a buyer, she inherited the Travel and P-Card programs. She was thrown in head-first as she was asked to lead a One Card RFP to consolidate the two programs and hasn’t looked back since. She successfully rolled out that new card program, while writing and releasing a new Travel and Expense Policy and implementing a new expense software system. In 2015, Alison joined Charles Schwab to manage the Travel and Expense (T&E) and P-Card programs. Alison is responsible for all aspects of the program and for leading the team that oversees 12,500+ card accounts, related policies, expense system, and all audit processes, along with cardholder training and communication strategies. Most recently, Alison implemented an artificial intelligence expense audit solution and is launching a new declining balance program. Alison earned her CPCP designation in fall 2018. She loves getting involved any way she can with the NAPCP and is currently a member of the NAPCP Travel Card Advisory Team.

What are you passionate about with your job?

What I love about my job is that it is never boring and there is never a lack of things to do! Even in a mature program like ours, there are always new, innovative ways to solve old problems. I am passionate about brainstorming new ideas on ways to enhance our existing programand nothing is more satisfying than seeing a little idea I hatched come to fruition and make a positive impact on cardholders and the business. 

What are you most proud of about your job?

I am most proud of the fact I was thrown into a role years ago that involved card management, which I had no exposure or experience with before. It was truly a sink or swim moment in my career. Without any formal training or knowledge transfer, it was truly “trial by fire” to learn the role and became familiar with the card industry. Thanks to organizations like the NAPCP, I was able to find great resources and great people willing to share their knowledge, which has helped me succeedand continue to succeed!in this career path.

Alison's current challenge:

Growing our P-Card program to make it more than just an “Event Card”. In a company where a good bit of our non-T&E spend is services based and we’re regulated, to include requirements around purchasing/contracting and third party oversight processes, this has always been a challenge.

What are you passionate about outside of work?

Outside of work, I am a country girl at heartI have two horses and am an avid equestrian. I also have a 5-year-old son who keeps me on my toeswe love going on ice cream dates and catching the newest kids’ movies as soon as they hit the theater.

Fun fact: 

Colorado is my home state, and I have lived here the majority of my life; however, I have never been on a pair of skis.

Favorite pizza topping: Pineapple and jalapeño!

Program details: 

12,000+ cards, mix of T&E, P-Card and Declining Balance, U.S. Only, $110MM+ spend

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