We can all thank Rodney Soultz, Manager of Treasury Solutions, for naming our cloud solution portfolio, Alevate. During our rebranding process, Rodney submitted the prize-winning name in Serrala’s employee-wide contest. He’s says the idea came to him after bouncing many different possible names off of friends and family, yet ultimately chose the name because of the word “Elevate”, meaning to raise to a more important or impressive level, and changed it slightly with the “A”, so it would appear at the beginning of the alphabet. It’s this kind of creative thinking that has led Rodney to where he is today (although he says he landed in treasury by accident) after working with the company for eight years. Rodney lives in Indianapolis, IN and works remotely for Serrala.

What led you to working at Serrala?
I fell into Treasury by accident. After serving 10 years in the US Navy as a Lieutenant in the Supply Corp, I joined Fujitsu, where I started a career as a financial analyst. That led me to start a shared services center for Fujitsu’s East Coast operations where my team was responsible for managing the Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable processes. The processes were worth over $250M annual revenue, included tracking 1,800 open projects and processing over 5,000 invoices monthly with 100% accuracy.

From there, I went to work with American Water where I started my Treasury career. After implementing an ICMS desktop solution to manage the company’s in-house banking portfolio, I eventually took over managing their treasury processes and technology, expanding their solutions to track and manage GL postings as well. After five years, I decided to move on to new opportunities with e5 Solutions. As part of e5, I continued to broaden my treasury expertise through my role as a manager leading treasury implementation projects across North America and providing sales support where needed. Now, after the merger, I am part of the Serrala North American team.

What is your current role at Serrala? How do you contribute to the overall mission of the company?
As part of the Serrala North American team, I am currently working on a project to support the merger of Dow-DuPont to transfer an SAP in-house banking solution from Dow to DuPont ownership. Day-to-day I provide clients with solutions that best fit their needs and keep things on track. I help clients identify and have better financial processes and systems, which helps them grow their own financial businesses. 

What was the transition like when e5 merged to become Serrala?
The transition has been relatively seamless. The main change is that I had an opportunity last year to enjoy the company Christmas party in Berlin, Germany and had the chance to walk all over and explore the city with my wife. I’m excited about the new opportunities with Serrala and where it will take me in the future and am hopeful that I will be able to go back to Germany again soon.

What is one thing you wish people knew about Serrala?
Serrala values their employees’ opinions, and that can be shown through things like holding company-wide contests like the naming contest for Alevate.  I love that they included us and was honored that they chose my name. I also received a monetary award for choosing the winning name, which I used to help buy a motorcycle for my wife and I to enjoy now that our children are grown. I have two daughters, one who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in special education this past May and my youngest is graduating my Purdue University this year with degrees in Japanese and Asian Studies.

Also, I wish people knew about the versatility and power of the products and services that Serrala offers. I am proud to work for a company that has developed very sophisticated software and tools and our customer are amazed by the power of our solutions and the positive impact they are having on the business.