Employee Spotlight – Taylor Buffington

 Employee Spotlight: Taylor Buffington

Name: 

Taylor Buffington

Job Title and Responsibilities:

Business Analyst for the FI/FM team of USAFMSOM SSO/GFEBS Tier II Support

Work with a team that helps sustain GFEBS, an Enterprise Resource Planning system, for the Army. Support the Finance and Funds Management team by helping resolve customer issues, identifying areas of improvement, and implementing system fixes and enhancements.

About Me:

I was born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA. My dad was in the Navy (Go Navy!) until he retired in 2004, and, surprisingly, we never moved! My mom works for a local automotive company, which is where I worked all throughout high school, until I left for college. In 2014, I moved to Fairfax, VA in order to attend George Mason University, where I received my Bachelor’s degree. I spent three years there pursuing a double major in accounting and business management with a concentration in human resources. I started working for Thompson Gray in August of 2017 and have been here almost a year now. I hope to go back to school in the next few years in order to get my MBA or some other kind of Master’s degree. Outside of work and school, I like to read, watch Netflix, and try new restaurants with my friends.

Qualifications & Expertise & Achievements:

BS in Accounting and Business Management (George Mason University)

Memberships and Activities (Professional and Other):

Member of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority – I joined Gamma Phi Beta while at George Mason University. I was inspired by their  mission to build strong girls, which they do by working with their philanthropic partner, Girls on the Run. Girls on the Run is a program for girls in elementary and middle school.  The participants complete a six-week course with lessons centering around the topic of self-confidence, while simultaneously training for a 5K race.

Getting to Know You: Pick any 3 to Answer

  1. What are three things still left on your bucket list?

Visit all 50 states

Work for a Non-Profit

Be an Extra in a movie 

  1. What is the best vacation you have ever taken?

The best vacation I’ve ever had was a recent one to Hawaii. It was my first time visiting and I honestly didn’t think I was going to go home once I got there. I went with some friends and we went to Maui first, which was beautiful with its clear water and white sandy beaches. We did the Road to Hana and went to many of the local sites. After about five days there, we flew over to the big island. While there, one of my friends and I stayed at an Airbnb that was on an organic mango farm where they grew mangoes and many other fruits and vegetables. On the big island, we toured a local coffee farm, hiked to the Green Sand Beach, and went snorkeling with the manta rays. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any manta rays, but the company we went with guarantees a boat trip until we see some manta rays so I will be planning my trip back as soon as possible. I highly recommend visiting Maui to anyone who hasn’t gone before.

  1. What was your favorite TV show when growing up?

Hands down – Scooby Doo. I used to watch that show every day. I thought it was so cool that a bunch of friends and their talking dog went around solving mysteries. I still have a lot of the episodes on VHS tapes.  I refuse to get rid of them and my VHS player, even though everything is on DVD now!

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