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Stephanie Dowell, CPCP Senior Manager, Procurement Systems, Cox Enterprises, Inc. Supply Chain Department

Featured Member for December 2019

Stephanie Dowell has been employed with Cox Enterprises since January 2008 and currently serves as the senior manager of the Procurement Systems team in Supply Chain. Stephanie’s background and expertise span over 20 years of experience in purchasing, procurement, customer service and finance. Her years of experience have contributed to the success of managing a diverse Procurement Card, Travel Card, Fuel Card and eProcurement Catalog Programs at Cox Enterprises and its subsidiaries of companies, Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group. Stephanie and her team serve over 11,000 cardholders with a card base of 20,000. Stephanie is supported by wonderful and knowledgeable team members. Stephanie has experience in policy and manual creation, developing card trainings and auditing.

Stephanie has been a member of the NAPCP since 2011. She achieved her Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP) certification in July 2014. She is a member of the NAPCP Corporate Advisory Team. She has been a member of the Atlanta NAMIC Chapter since 2008 and has served as co-chair of the membership committee. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in finance from Mercer University. Stephanie serves as a Sunday school teacher at New Birth Baptist Church. Stephanie is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and serves as a financial officer for her chapter. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, spending time at the beach and attending Atlanta Falcons football games. Rise Up!

What are you passionate about with your job?

I’m passionate about serving my team and our internal and external customers. I’m passionate about the success of the Cox Card Programs with making sure we have the cards (P-Card, Travel Card or Fuel Card) in the right hands and proper controls. My focus is making sure that the cards are utilized for day-to-day business of the organization while minimizing risk to Cox.  

What are you most proud of about your job?

I’m most proud of my team members and how we have grown the card programs through continual policy and procedure training of our new cardholders and seasoned cardholders on what purchases can be made on the cards. I’m most proud of how my team serves selflessly to our internal and external customers. My team gives exceptional customer service and always goes the extra mile of the way to resolve an issue and to make sure our cardholders needs are met. One more thing that I’m most proud of is working for a blessed and people-oriented company like Cox that has an amazing senior leadership team. Alex Taylor, Cox Enterprises CEO, and the Cox Family have a generational anointing of generosity and kindness towards their employees that has proven to be a solid foundation for success.

Stephanie is a Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP). What benefit have you realized as a result of the CPCP?

One major benefit was aligning our card program with card industry standards and best practices. Achieving my certification has positioned me for additional professional success in my career.

What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing the CPCP?

The best advice would be to study, study, study. Also, to purchase and read "The NAPCP’s Guide to Establishing and Managing a Program Guide"–the best foundational tool to help build a successful card program. The guide was a critical tool towards helping me and my team members to achieve our certifications and to grow our card program. Focus on card industry standards and best practices.

Stephanie's current challenge:

I have challenges BUT I don’t talk about them. I take them to God.

What are you passionate about outside of work?

I serve as a Sunday school teacher at New Birth Baptist Church and I love my class and they love me 😊. I’m a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Theta Xi Omega Chapter in LaGrange, Georgia where I serve as a financial officer. I love giving back to my community and volunteering. I have a sponsor child in Mozambique, Africa, who I email, write letters and send packages. She is a beautiful and smart young lady with a big family. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, traveling, spending time with my family, spending time at the beach and attending Atlanta Falcons football games. Rise Up!

Fun fact: 

Once, I had a job repossessing cars for a banking institution. I love to collect angel statues or ornaments, and I’m a big kid at heart.

What superpower would you like to have and why?

I would like the superpower of healing. If I had this power, I would heal people of their physical, emotional and mental pains. I wish I could have healed my mom's illness so she could still be with me and my family now. I know she is with us spiritually. My mom is always with me in My Heart and as my angel.

Program details: 

Cox Enterprise Supply Chain Procurement Systems: 3 Team Members

Cox Enterprises has 3 Card Programs:

  • Procurement Card Program
    • Spend: $140M annual
    • # of cardholders: 2,500+
    • # of transactions: 312K+
  • Travel Card Program
    • Spend: $122M annual
    • # of cardholders: 8,000+
    • # of transactions: 747K+
  • Fuel Card Program
    • Spend: $23M annual
    • # of cardholders: 9,000+
    • # of transactions: 480k+

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