Getting to Know You: Kashane Walters, Finance Manager

Kashane Walters is a finance manager with RCM Motorsports in Edmonton, Alberta, a position she has held for nearly 15 years.

He graduated from university with a degree in Business Studies, which equipped him with the necessary skills to become an effective financial manager. In his youth, Kashane was an athlete who competed on both the high school varsity football team and the school track team. When he has free time, Kashane Walters enjoys snowmobiling and jet skiing.

What are you currently doing in your company?

I am currently a finance manager at RCM Motorsports, located in Edmonton, Alberta. Some of my duties include data analysis, liaison with financial institutions, and writing reports on various topics. There is also a job counseling component. But basically, I work with our customers to design payment plans that allow them to own one of our vehicles.

What was the inspiration behind your career?

My background is primarily in business. That’s what I studied in school. So, I knew that once I graduated, I would pursue a career of some kind in that realm. The way I came to work for RCM Motorsports was pretty organic. I have always been a motorsports enthusiast. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved jet skis and snowmobiles, things like that. So when the finance manager position opened up at the company, he seemed like a perfect fit. I applied and was hired based on my credentials. In the 14 years I’ve worked here, I’ve built a solid reputation and a satisfied customer base. I love it here and have never felt the need to look elsewhere for a job.

What defines your way of doing business?

If I had to characterize my way of doing business in a few words, I guess they would be ‘thorough’, ‘approachable’ and ‘results oriented’.

What keys to being productive can you share?

In my case, I’m a big believer in something called ‘deep work’. It’s a concept where you block a substantial portion of your time to tackle your tasks without distraction. Every working day, I spend a few hours with my phone turned off and my door closed, applying all my concentration and effort to my important duties, the things that require me to think for a long time. However, it only works for a few hours. No one can sustain that level of intensity all day. So once I’m done with my deep work time, I do all the other things I need to do at my job, like attend meetings and make phone calls.

What would you say to your younger self?

If I could somehow go back in time and talk to my younger self, I would tell him to invest early and often. ‘Time to market is better than time to market’, or so the old trading saying goes. If I had managed to put a few thousand dollars in a few stocks when I was a teenager, it would have helped me a lot later in life. But I never thought of doing that at the time. I think I was too busy studying, playing football, running track and having fun. I suppose it’s typical for a teenager to live exclusively in the present, but given the opportunity, I would recommend that the younger self think more about the future, at least financially.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned throughout your career?

Never take anything for granted. And I mean anything. Always ask questions and do your own research before making any kind of major decision.

What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?

Like I said before, I love motorsports. It is one of the great passions of my life. Every time I have a day off, I can’t wait to head out in some sort of RV. If the weather is warm, my favorite thing to do is find a lake somewhere and jump on a jet ski. If the weather is cold, which it often is in Edmonton (we’re pretty far north in Canada), I love snowmobiling in the wilderness. These activities help me relieve stress and allow me to appreciate nature.

How would your peers describe you?

I think my friends and co-workers would describe me as ‘easy going’, but also ‘hard working’ and ‘forward thinking’.

How do you maintain a solid balance between work and personal life?

After almost a decade and a half in this position, I have finally trained myself to truly separate my professional life from my personal life. When I’m working, RCM Motorsports gets every ounce of my talent and effort. When I’m away from work, I make sure I’m there, whether I’m spending time with friends or family, on a snowmobile trail somewhere, or just relaxing at home. When I say it like that, I make it sound easy. But is not. It’s actually quite difficult.

What is the technology that helps you the most in your daily routine?

It’s a bit of a boring answer, but I use my smartphone a lot. It is the main way I communicate with my clients. I also use email to do that.

What is one piece of advice that you have never forgotten?

Someone I respect very much once told me, “Kashane, if you can find a way to get paid to do something you love, you’ll be more than halfway to a fulfilling and fulfilling life.” I have always taken those words to heart and have used them to guide my career decision-making process, which is a large part of the reason I accepted my current role with RCM Motorsports. Heeding that advice has served me well.

What advice would you give aspiring to succeed in your field?

Pay attention in school, be open with people, and whenever possible take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves. I truly believe that these are the three pillars on which a successful career as a finance manager rests.

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