FirstThursday Seattle Welcomes Stanley C. Friendship Commissioner Seattle Region Social Security

The Social Security Administration’s Seattle Region proudly serves the residents of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Our region encompasses 23 % of America’s landmass and spans three time zones.

Approximately 1.8 million of our region’s 12 million people receive monthly retirement, survivors or disability benefits. Another 209,000 get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. In all, Social Security pays more than $17 billion a year to residents of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

“Our nearly 1,800 Seattle Region employees are a well-trained, courteous and highly dedicated group of people. As diverse as the population of our region itself, their goal is to provide you with high quality, professional service each time you need help” stated Friendship. He added, “They are there to answer your questions, explain our programs and take your applications for benefits.”

Friendship’s career with the Social Security Administration spans over thirty four years. During that 34 year period, he has held several progressively more challenging positions in the field office environment: Claims Development Clerk; Service Representative; Claims Representative; Branch Manager; Assistant District Manager; District Manager, Area Director, SES Candidate Development Program participant, Deputy Regional Commissioner and now Regional Commissioner. Stanley also worked as an analyst in both Central Office and Regional Office. He spent several years in the Tele-service Center as a Unit Supervisor, Section Chief and TSC Manager.

His goal coming to work for Social Security 34 years ago was “to make a positive difference in the lives of all clients served. I wanted to guarantee that the poorest person in our communities would receive the same high level of service as the millionaires visiting our offices,” stated Friendship.

“My current goals are to a large extent very similar. I aim to provide high quality, prompt and efficient customer service in all offices in the Seattle region while ensuring all employees are engaged and striving for more responsible positions in an environment that is nurturing and supportive to management and staff,” added Friendship. He continued, “I want the staff in each office to be reflective of the communities we serve. I strongly believe in being a facilitative leader. It’s important that our agency has employees who are engaged in not just the accomplishment of our work task but also have a willingness to offer innovative ideas and suggestions for improvements in everything we do.”

Making sure that all elderly citizens receive their payments promptly is very important to Friendship. He maintained, “I will continue striving to pay all elderly and disabled SSA applicants in the most timely and efficient manner possible. High quality customer service is not something we hope to achieve; it is a right that our clients deserve.” He continued, “throughout my career, I promoted diversity and have actively shared my passion for public service with clients and colleagues. I strongly advocate developing employees for higher level opportunities knowing that succession management is important for our successful future.”

Friendship was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He successfully graduated from the SSA SES-CDP program, as well as the Federal Executive Institute. He earned an Associates degree from Bellevue Community College as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from the University of Washington. Stanley is married with one daughter, and the proud grandfather of three granddaughters. In my free time, I enjoy my other job as a professional drummer.

Friendship says that he is, “looking forward to working with each of FirstThursday Seattle’s members and others that may need SSA’s help in achieving the goals mentioned above.”

FirstThursday Seattle Invites you to meet Stanley Friendship in person, Noon, June 7, 2012 at Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club.

FirstThursday Seattle is the premier Networking, advocacy and empowerment organization for Blacks, African Americans and anyone else who wants to share their business ideas and successes.

Everyone’s invited…come and share your business with other entrepreneurs and business owners just like you!!

Join us the FirstThursday of each month, from 12:00 to 1:15pm at the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club, located at 4520 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S, Seattle, WA 98118, for some FREE Networking.

FirstThursday Seattle MEETING AGENDA:
30-second personal intro, distribute business cards and marketing materials. Each month we will feature a different FirstThursday Seattle “Business of the Month” which gives us the opportunity to go into more detail and learn about a local business. Then, we have a round table conversation with our featured guest about community concerns and to share experiences, ideas and resources about various successful business and marketing practices, so that we can learn from each other.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND FirstThursday Seattle?
Everyone interested in business networking is welcome. Bring a guest. Meet new people! Take away awesome marketing ideas! And, the networking is FREE!

RSVP to Facebook Events, info@firstThursdayseattle.​org. Details and more information, visit: www.firstthursdayseattle.o​rg or call (206) 280-9941.

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