The phrase “Putting the AP in hAPpy” didn’t begin that way. The journey began after returning from the IOFM* APP2P Spring Conference in 2017. I love attending conferences and networking with colleagues about topics I am passionate about and Accounts Payable (AP) is one of them. As I sat in the living room talking to one of my non-AP friends explaining that AP is my happy place and in trying to emphasize that point to a bewildered face – I said “see, there’s even an AP in happy” which 5 minutes later shortened to “There’s an AP in hAPpy!” I immediately added that phrase to my work email signature to show the passion I felt for Accounts Payable.
Now don’t get me wrong, I spent 15+ years knee deep in g/l, financial statements, budgeting and forecasting and I loved it. There is something so satisfying in reclassing an expense to the right account code, or recounting inventory to correct COGS 😊. Even as a Controller, when I oversaw AP at a local level which basically meant keying in the few invoices that were for our site, I didn’t get it. It wasn’t until I only focused on AP that my passion came alive. I don’t know if it was a mid-career crisis and AP was the shiny new sports car, but when I had an opportunity to build a new AP team, I jumped at it and my career was re-energized.
That renewed energy eventually took me out of my comfort zone, and I relocated to a new State to focus on Vendor Setup & Maintenance within Accounts Payable in a Shared Services environment.** Five years later, I am here with you now, providing content on how to prevent fraud in the Vendor Master File based on my experience maintaining 100,000+ active vendors in multiple ERP systems. I gave action to the phrase “There’s an AP in hAPpy” which turned it into “Putting the AP in hAPpy” and created a new blog and podcast to serve all Accounts Payable team members.
Now is your turn. How are you “Putting the AP in hAPpy?”
Whether a newbie to Accounts Payable or a seasoned professional, at a small company or large, everyone has at least one great idea, one great contribution to a team. I want to hear about one of yours. Don’t worry, we will omit company names, systems and 3rd party solutions, but they are not needed anyway – the focus is on you!
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Debra R. Richardson,
MBA, APM, APPM, CPRS
Debra is an accounts payable speaker, consultant, and trainer with over 20 years of experience in AP, AR, general ledger, and financial reporting for Fortune 500 companies including Verizon, General Motors and Aramark.
For the past eight years, Debra has focused on Global Vendor Maintenance, and implemented a vendor self-registration portal for 140k+ global vendors across five Accounting Systems/ERPs. In her consultancy, she focuses on internal controls and authentication to prevent fraud in the vendor master file.