Payroll and Benefits Manager
Maricruz is a motivated and detail-oriented accounting and payroll professional with over 20 years of career experience, including 13 with TEAM. Committed to keeping accurate records, creating comprehensive financial reports and preserving confidentiality, Maricruz has worked as a budget analyst for Perry Ellis, New York, a financial analyst for Phillips Van Heusen, and as a business manager for Comprehensive Phase One.
My first job was at the age of 14. I worked as a cook with my mom and aunts at a “Mom and Pop” establishment named Corners. It was similar to a modern day Best Buy. The owner had created a kitchen in the store and we cooked homemade food every day. It’s where I first learned to cook.
I started working for TEAM when I was 15. Lol. (she’s kidding by the way) – I originally started as a financial analyst for Bacardi USA (BUSA) and then eventually moved to a senior accountant role for Emerging Clients and MillerCoors. I now find myself in Payroll and Benefits. My favorite thing about working for TEAM is that everything has changed and continues to evolve. I have grown with the company and am proof that opportunity does exist if you enjoy what you do.
If I had one superpower it would be the ability to see the future. I want to know how much time I have left with the ones I love so that I can make every day special for them.
I find giving 100% to both aspects of my life works best for me. It’s natural for me to work 8 to 10 hours a day, especially during payroll, go home, cook a homemade meal for my family and then work on a school project that my son or daughter conveniently forgot to mention is due tomorrow. I also think it’s important to find some quiet time for yourself, even if it’s 5:00 am at the gym.
If I could trade places with anyone it would be my grandmother. She passed away when she was 99 years old, a month before she turned 100. She was the strongest, wisest, and most loving woman I know. She saw a lot during her lifetime and expressed nothing but love and kindness to all she encountered.
Hanging out in my backyard with family, enjoying mimosas and laying out by the pool.
Respect is earned. Honesty is appreciated. Trust is gained. Loyalty is returned.
a. It would be to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. My 12-year-old nephew, Marco, was recently diagnosed and I see the struggle. It has completely changed my sister and her family’s life. I wish I could do more.
Stuffed mushrooms with ground chicken and zucchini.
My motivation for staying fit is my children. I always want to set a good example for them. I need to take care of myself, so that I can take care of them. They are my life.
At church. God plays a pivotal role in my life and who I have become as a person. .
My husband. He is a huge Canes fan. There aren’t many great college football teams in New York, so when I moved to Florida, it was a natural fit. I love the players/fans vibe and passion for the game. And the tailgates are top-notch.
Being a great singer…. negative. I have a horrible voice but love singing the oldies. Don’t be too surprised to stop by my office and hear me singing Hall and Oates.
Maricruz currently resides in Cooper City, Florida with her husband of 18 years, Cliff, her two children Conner and Madeline, and their golden retriever, Bear. She loves to travel and often visits her parents, 5 sisters and 2 brothers.