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20 Questions - Posted July 29, 2016 10:02 a.m.
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Lizzie W. Mason, Community Development Director, Amarillo National Bank/Founder, Hands On Amarillo/Co-owner, B L Bistro

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What is the best advice you received when you were beginning your career? My dad told me, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” I don’t always adhere to it, but I try.

How do you use social media to grow your network? Hands On Amarillo is all online, so we rely on social media pretty heavily. I wish I knew how to use all the avenues to their full capacity. It’s so hard to keep up when there is something new every day.

How do you maintain balance? I think the best way for me is to take one day at a time.

What has been your wisest investment? Hands On Amarillo.

How has your past work experience shaped you into a leader? My first position 16 years ago, at Amarillo National Bank, was management trainee. I travelled to each department to learn about the bank. I think the independence in that position gave me confidence.

What is the best part about your job? I get to work with all different walks of life in the jobs I have, including ANB, BL Bistro and Hands On Amarillo.

How has mentorship made a difference in your professional and private life? I have taken bits and pieces from different people over the years. They have positively helped mold me into who I am today. Many of those people probably don’t even know it. I should probably tell them!

Which living person do you most admire and why? My mom. She is a rock. My brothers and sister and I like to give her a hard time, but she can whip us into shape pretty quickly. I want to be just like her when I grow up.

Which over-used word or phrase makes you cringe? When people say “supposubly.” The correct word is “supposedly.”

What is your business philosophy? Remember the basics and exercise quality over quantity.

Which quality do you most value in an employee? I like someone with an upbeat personality; it is easier to train the skills.

What personality trait has most helped you succeed? Loyalty.

Who is your favorite author? Don’t laugh, but it’s J.K. Rowling. I am a “Harry Potter” nerd.

What did you learn from your best boss? My best boss(es) taught me the importance of being accountable, and if I believed something was a good idea, I should go for it. Your worst? My worst boss taught me that I would never want to micromanage anyone.

How can Amarillo improve its business environment? I think the business environment will improve as long as we can be innovative and accepting of change. Our town should put fear aside in order to move forward and grow.

Most important tech tool: my iPhone.

Best time management tool: the synced calendar on my iPhone.

I can’t live without my: daughters.

My favorite thing about Amarillo is: all my family is here.

Most unusual job or task: I get to serve on a lot of committees in the non-profit world and that has somehow allowed me to meet some pretty neat celebrities. I have introduced some at the Globe-News Center and even got to drive one around for a couple of days. I never thought that would be something I would get to do in Amarillo, Texas.

-- the AM Team

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