Team Member since 2013
Describe the work you do at the Credit Union.
I perform accounting functions that relate directly to our participation loans, Auto Loans and Leases, Pay-by-Phone, and many others. I also submit quarterly and annual financial reports and assist others in my department with NCUA reports. In other words, I do the stuff that makes all the ladies swoon, and all the guys wish they were me. It’s fulfilling, inasmuch that without the information I help compile, no one would know how the Credit Union is doing! The enjoyment comes from the ever-changing (and challenging) situations that invariably arise.
What was your first job?
My first job (age 15) was “Pearl Diver”. For those younger than I, that’s a euphemism for busboys in a restaurant. After that, I worked in the mailroom at a Sears warehouse.
How did you come to be an SCE Credit Union team member?
At Sears, I transferred to the Accounting department and worked there for 11 years… until they shut the department down. It was the beginning of the end for that venerable institution. The following year, I started in the Accounting Department at Courts & Records FCU in Pasadena. Stayed there for 15 years, then spent two years at Pacific Transportation FCU. When they relocated the Accounting department, I decided on a change of scenery and worked as a photographer at Sanford Studios in Whittier for five years. Advances in cellphone technology rendered the company practically obsolete, so I jumped back into the Credit Union industry… here at SCE FCU!
How do you spend your free time?
I met my (future) wife in the Accounting Dept at Sears. Ours was the “one in a hundred” office romance that actually worked out, and she’s still putting up with me 37 years later. We have two boys, Aaron and Adrian… and Adrian has a son of his own. We have two cats, and an occasional Praying Mantis or two.
Photography got into my blood many years ago, and if I had to choose between giving up my camera, or giving up a kidney… believe me, kidneys are overrated! I also love playing poker, and I indulge in various tournaments at local casinos, as well as a monthly home game we lovingly call our “Prayer Meeting”.
Inspiration from Rod…
Work hard, play hard. Discover your passion early and stick with it. Be kind, be considerate. Own up to your mistakes. Do that which you fear the most… and the death of fear is inevitable.