How long have you lived in California?
I was born and raised in San Diego and have lived here my entire life.
What is your fondest childhood memory?
My fondest childhood memory occurred during my first year of little league baseball when I was about 7 years old. I mostly played centerfield, but I would beg my coaches to let me pitch. One game, we were getting destroyed by the opposing team and we ran out of pitchers. They finally let me pitch and I did so well they let me pitch in several more games before the season ended.
What subject(s) did you study at College?
I originally studied criminal justice and attended a Corrections Academy. I was fortunate to break into that field at a young age, and I’m forever grateful for what I was able to achieve during that time, but I was not totally satisfied. I then began taking accounting classes and the rest is history. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.
What was your first job?
My first job was working in food service at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego during the Chargers and Aztecs games.
Who has been the most influential person to you in your career?
My fiancée Belinda has always pushed me to advance my career and never become complacent. She has encouraged me to believe in myself and reach beyond what I thought I was capable of.
How has your career created value in your life?
This industry has given me the opportunity to constantly learn and continue to grow my skillset. I deeply appreciate the ongoing challenges it presents. I am excited for the type of professional I can evolve into as my career progresses.
What do you consider to be the most significant world event that has occurred during your lifetime?
The pandemic greatly affected the entire world. So many people were impacted by it and lost loved ones, including myself. It has influenced not only how business is done but also how people evaluate their lives.
What is your most memorable travel experience?
When I was a kid, we would visit my family in the Philippines. I have so many cousins around my age and had so much fun hanging out with them. The food was amazing. I wasn’t exactly the best behaved in the family, and I almost accidentally set their neighbor’s house on fire, but that’s neither here nor there.
What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?
While on the second story of the mall, I stuck my head through the railing to look down to the first floor. I could not pull my head out and was stuck there for what felt like an eternity. My mother had to ask strangers to try to flex the metal railing so she could pry my head out.
Years later at the San Diego County Fair, I saw a goat with its head caught in the same type of railing. I told the staff about the goat, but they did not seem interested. I then jumped the barricade and freed the goat’s head from between the bars. I’m glad I could pay it forward.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
My very first accounting professor was a CPA. She did such an amazing job of explaining how significant their role is that I made it an immediate goal to become one. That first day in class sparked a long rigorous journey, but I am grateful for the newfound focus it gave me.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
My spare time is spent taking walks, bowling, practicing guitar and working out.
If you could possess one super-human power, what would it be?
I would love to be able to go back in time and witness significant events like a fly on the wall.