Liza Mizel is a pretty awesome chick. She’s a banker by day, but following her own advice, she doesn’t live to work, she works to live…and her heart belongs to the horse farm she calls her home, and also where she trains as an avid equestrian. Let’s get to know Liza!
1. Tell us in a few sentences what you do. And why you do it.
I am Senior Vice President at Cadence Bank with the Treasury Management team; my role is to partner with corporate clients providing guidance and recommendations for efficient cash flow processing and maximizing their working capital. I also own a horse farm, Chestnut Hill Equestrian in Dade City, where I train horses to compete locally on the Hunter/Jumper circuits. Lastly, I enjoy giving back to the Tampa community by serving on the Board of Directors at Cornerstone Kids, Inc., the Advisory Council for the John H. Sykes College of Business at UT, and am current Treasurer for The University of Tampa’s Board of Fellows. I also participate on the University of Tampa’s Student Affairs Advisory Committee. I enjoy mentoring and providing advice to students starting out in their careers when given the opportunity. I am also participating in Leadership Tampa’s Class of 2021 this year to continue learning more about our community.
2. What is your contact info (that you want shared) please include any active social handles, websites etc.
3. When I wake up in the morning the first thing I do is…
Feed my horses and clean up the barn. Having horses at home are like having kids, so they usually take priority in the morning as well as my day being organized around them. I’m fortunate to have family in the area so if I need to attend meetings, etc., I can have my farm covered.
4. My best business advice is….
Don’t live to work, work to live. Experience life before it passes you by.
5. My professional goal for 2021 is…
Well, it was to be promoted to Senior Vice President, but that actually just happened in January, which is really exciting. I haven’t yet focused on what my next goal this year will be. 😊
6. Supporting women in business is now more critical than ever. How can our community best support you?
I can help businesses that may be having challenges with processing receivables or payables and mitigating risk. Relationship development and communication are two of my strengths! Outside of work – I encourage the community to get to know and support Cornerstone Kids. It’s a great non-profit that I believe flies under the radar. Cornerstone provides an afterschool program for inner-city at-risk youth in the Tampa Heights community. The program provides nutrition, tutoring, and social and emotional learning, among other things.
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8. Favorite donut:
Crème Brule donut from Datz Dough. I always say I’m going to eat half and save the rest for later because it’s GIANT, but I never do – I eat it all at once because it’s delicious!
9. Favorite podcast:
I don’t have one. I may be the last human that hasn’t gotten into podcasts!?
10. Favorite book:
While it’s hard to say one – I really enjoyed Grace Not Perfection by Emily Lay and often think back to it. It encourages women to embrace grace and let go of perfection. A wise woman I know, Penny Parks, once told me a quote which I keep handy: Comparison is the thief of joy. While some things may be out of one’s control, my life is the one I’ve designed and I can choose to allow certain aspects in or out of it.
11. Favorite pandemic binge watch:
I hate to admit, but I’m a reality TV show junkie.
12. When I practice self-care I…
…try to unplug as much as possible. In the past that’s always been traveling to a new place either domestically or internationally. You have to take downtime from the day to day, so experiencing and exploring a new place in the world gives me fresh perspective. Glacier hiking, waterfall rappelling, and hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro are a few things I’ve done. I also love a great beach trip!
13. The place I am happiest is…
…on my horse, of course!
14. People are surprised to learn…
…I own and live on a horse farm. While most people know I ride and compete, they are usually surprised to find out the horses are at home.
15. 2020 taught me…
…the importance of having a support system. I am fortunate to have great friends and family. I have grown even closer to the close friends I have and we laughed so much in 2020 during the time we were able to spend together, which was a blessing in a challenging year.