This month’s Staff Spotlight features Riccardo Vallejo, a Senior Accountant here at MBS Accountancy. Riccardo has been a valuable asset to the team since 2014.
Before MBS Accountancy, name your most interesting job?
I think my time as a butcher for Save Mart Supermarkets was interesting. While working at stores in Fresno, Clovis, and even Visalia, I met a lot of interesting people.
What made you want to work at MBS Accountancy?
I met with Robert Price from Price, Paige & Company after being awarded an accounting scholarship in 2013. Mr Price advised me to obtain 3 years experience by the time I graduated. So, I volunteered at a not-for-profit business working on Quickbooks Desktop & performing admin duties. This position led to a meeting with another accountant that referred my resume to Arthur Moye, one of MBS Accountancy’s past partners.
I ended up with an interview at MBS Accountancy & was working on a volunteer basis by Christmas in 2013. I came into the office Mondays & Fridays for four hours a day.
I started out working with Bill.com, processing accounts payable for clients. MBS and I both felt like I caught on quickly and soon I was reconciling the books. It was April 2014 when MBS offered me an official part-time position with the firm as I finished my college career with Fresno State.
I graduated in December 2016 and, just by chance, achieved what Mr Price tasked me to do three years prior. In January 2017, MBS Accountancy offered me a full-time position and I have been here since.
How do you balance your work life and personal relationships?
I don’t focus on balance and do not believe there is such a thing. Instead, I focus on what’s right in front of me. To me, it’s about the quality of time spent rather than the quantity.
This is not a simple task because it requires my mind to be here in the now. Whatever I’m doing, I try to be fully focused on that activity, whether it’s playing with my son, combing my dog’s hair, shopping with my wife, conversing with my friends, or wrapping up a tax return.
It’s easy to get distracted by trying to make a living that a person can forget how to live!
What is your favorite holiday or book?
Halloween would be my favorite movie. I enjoy it so much I have Michael Meyers tattooed on my leg. I used to be scared of the dark and the boogeyman as a kid, but as I’ve gotten older, I now enjoy a good scare. Being fascinated with what makes me who I am, I would have to say that my favorite book is Games People Play by Eric Berne.
There is a scenario where Dr. Berne talks about a child breaking a vase. The typical response of a parent is to ask, “Who broke my vase?” In response, the child will lie and deny because, according to Dr. Berne, the child does not want to let the parent down.
In the end, both the parent and the child become disappointed. Instead, he suggests that parents say “Uh oh, looks like there was an accident. We should clean this up before someone gets hurt.” Then, parents can cheerfully enlist the child to help clean it up. This subtle shift in perspective and language changes one’s experience by leaps and bounds!
If you could do another job for one day, what would it be and why?
A gamer who gets paid. One of my favorite things to do in my downtime is gaming.
What is your personal mantra or motto that keeps you going every day?
One day at a time (ODAAT).
What is your favorite part about working at MBS Accountancy?
Working at MBS Accountancy, I appreciate the flexibility for personal time off, as well as the collaborative work environment.
What advice or tips do you have for future employees?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t forget to take time for yourself when you need it. Keep reading and/or listening to podcasts about the accounting industry & tax law.
If you could change one thing about MBS Accountancy, what would it be?
Literally being able to work when I wanted.