Which talent would you most like to have? I would love to be able to play the piano.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I love a road trip. I have driven across this country seven times and visited every state in the union, with the exception of Wisconsin.
Which causes/nonprofits do you support? I have been a longtime supporter of the Society of California Pioneers and currently serve as its president. It is the second oldest not-for-profit in the state and is dedicated to preserving and promoting California’s early history through its museum in San Francisco and various grade-school educational programs throughout the state.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? A fine dining experience with family and/or good friends. Good food, good drink, and genuinely enjoying the company of those around you – does it get any better?
What did you want to be when you were a child? A wildlife photographer for National Geographic – outdoors, adventure, and a paycheck!?!
What is your greatest fear? Public speaking. This one goes all the way back to grade school, and all through high school. I hated all those oral reports. In my junior year of college, I did my best to face my fear and took a course in public speaking; by the end of the semester, I had a minor stomach ulcer and the worst grade of my entire academic career.
What is your current state of mind? Optimistic.
What was the best piece of business advice you were given when you were starting out? “Don’t ever miss a cocktail party; you never know who you might meet.” A colleague told me this when I first got into sales, and while I have still yet to meet that ‘really big client’ at a corporate mixer or networking event, the truth behind the advice is undeniable.
What is your biggest takeaway from Covid-19? Time spent with family is invaluable. With all the frustrations and difficulties sheltering in place as placed on us, I have come to realize that this is probably the most time I will ever get to spend with my kids.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? My family.
What do you like best about working at River City Bank? The quality and caliber of the people. While I’ve only worked here for a few months, everyone I have interacted with has been so kind, patient, and willing to help. Many thanks to all of you for making me feel so welcome here.