Adam McInturff thrills at the opportunity of the unknown.
While studying English literature at Angelo State University, he had no idea what he’d do with the degree. Today, he works for TimeClock Plus, a leading designer of technology that tracks employee time and attendance.
When he joined the company as a sales rep in 2009, he couldn’t have imagined he’d ever be promoted to assistant vice president.
“I have no clue what comes next,” McInturff said. “The possibilities are endless. I still ask, ‘What do I want to be? How much more do I have to learn?’ That’s exciting.”
Like many of the young professionals at TimeClock Plus, McInturff, 31, is energetic, personable and all in when it comes to the company’s “work hard, play hard” mentality.
He was one of the company’s top performers as a salesman, earning a promotion to sales manager. Tirelessly coaching his team mornings, nights and weekends, McInturff led his group to exceed sales goals every quarter while developing individual members. Promotions to senior sales manager and sales director followed.
Earlier this year he was named assistant vice president of marketing. He leads two managers with teams of business development representatives, event coordinators, e-marketers and website developers. He sums up his job by calling himself a “brand ambassador” who identifies “our why” for customers.
“The cool thing is, everyone in the company contributes and produces something,” McInturff said. “Our motto is, ‘Whatever it takes.’ We’ll get the job done. It’s truly satisfying to be a part of that culture.”
Off the clock, McInturff plays guitar in Unnecessary Overtime, the TimeClock Plus band that performs free of charge for nonprofits at their events, and at Journey Bible Church. He calls leading worship “equal parts fun and convicting.”
The mission-minded congregation actively seeks out those who are hurting, be it a disabled person needing a van, a working mother without child care or a desperate family behind on rent. The church ministers with what McInturff called a “heart of compassion and empathy.”
“I love that,” he said. “It’s a sense of spiritual fulfillment and community – helping those in need. We’re all in this together.”
McInturff confesses he was “directionless” in college until his father, an investment broker with a degree in physical education, encouraged him to simply study what he enjoyed. That led to his English literature degree.
“I loved the critical thinking involved in analyzing and discussing literature,” he said. “It opened my perspective to others and to the world, and made me listen better.”
Sharing such experiences, he said, helps others see the possibilities, as does modeling commitment.
“Every opportunity is critical,” McInturff said. “Every opportunity is a chance to show someone that you can go above and beyond to get the job done. That you can do whatever it takes – and they can, too. Leadership is all about helping people realize what is possible – challenging them by sharing your own experiences so they realize their full potential and what’s possible beyond what they saw before.”