Andi Markee has a motto: Make it happen, no matter what.
So when she waited tables in college, she worked to be the restaurant’s best waitress. When she was a radio executive, she lugged equipment at her company’s events. When she raised funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, she hustled her way to $300,000 in contributions. And since joining TimeClock Plus, she has earned promotion to strategic alliance manager.
Former 20 Under 40 honoree Chrys Forbes says her friend has a knack for “getting things done in a spectacular way.” Her boss reports she “knows only one speed – complete and ultimate dedication.”
And yet, Markee is struggling to accept that she’s truly worthy of being a 20 Under 40 honoree.
“I can understand some of the traits I have and some things I have done in the community that would make me a candidate for this,” she said. “But at the same time, it’s such an honor. The class this year has accomplished so many great things. I’m very self-aware, and sometimes hard on myself. Maybe I just need to accept and embrace … which I’m trying to do.”
TimeClock Plus, the locally based, fast-growing developer of time and attendance software for employers, recruited Markee after taking note of her tenacious drive and can-do attitude. She sees the synergy between her Type A personality and the company’s culture, which embraces hard work and dedication.
Chief Customer/Marketing Officer Scott Turner “felt I embodied the culture of TimeClock Plus, which is to do whatever it takes for the customer and to do what’s right for the organization,” she said. “It’s sometimes difficult for other organizations to understand.”
Markee is equally committed to her volunteerism. She often “piggybacks” on the efforts of friends, which has led to her involvement with West Texas Counseling and Guidance and the United Way, where her work on a Community Impact Panel benefits approximately 20 local charities.
Her greatest philanthropic passion is animal rescue. She applauds efforts to require sterilizing and microchipping of pets as a logical and needed response to irresponsible pet ownership.
“You have to take responsibility for a commitment you make, no matter what,” Markee said. “And if life situations change, you change with that pet, as a family. It’s heartbreaking to see pets at the animal shelter.”
While Forbes insists leadership comes naturally to her outspoken friend, Markee politely dismissed that notion. She will accept Turner’s description of her as independent, creative, optimistic, compassionate and authentic.
“I just try to work hard and do the best I can,” Markee said. “If that’s viewed as leadership, I’m appreciative of that. I’m blessed to feel comfortable and confident. Some people have to work for that.”
A native San Angeloan, Markee and her husband moved briefly to Dallas … and then did everything they could to return. She says she loves everything about her hometown.
“San Angelo is about community,” she said. “There are all kinds of ways people can get involved.”