Career

Despite not yet completing my education, I have done very well for myself.   I have held many senior level roles to include, Assistant Controller, Assistant Director of Finance, Finance Manager, Accounting Manager, Senior Accountant, and Senior Financial Analyst.  All roles that typically require someone with a master’s degree and/or a CPA license.   Further proving that I am fully capable of thriving in complex and challenging roles.  If it weren't for consulting, I would have never found opportunities outside of a typical corporate 8-5 job.  I would also make significantly less than I currently do.  Despite the challenges of obtaining work without a college education, not having a degree has also opened many doors for me.  It forced me to be creative and find ways to obtain work since many companies won't even look at me without a completed degree.  Had I completed my degree, things would be quite easy and I would have landed a job without hesitation.  This would have likely put me in a long term career with one company where I would essentially 'settle' and it would have prevented me from seeing more of the world.  Through consulting, I have been able to experience a variety of industries and roles that I would have never experienced had I settled on the first company that would accept me.  Things happen for a reason and I have no regrets with my path to success.   Confidence is key and presentation is everything.

I am the type of person who has to stay busy in order to keep my mind entertained.  Currently a self employed consultant, I have a major client, a small to midsize client, then a few other clients that keep me busy.   My work includes the following:

     1.   My main job is for a global website security company where I am a Senior Accountant.  

     2.   My part time job is assisting a local CPA who consults for small businesses.  This breaks down into even more jobs.

     3.   I consult for a couple of friends and help manage their websites and social media pages.  

     4.   I do property management.   

     5.   I support companies who need temporary accounting support.  Typically for audit preparation.  (as needed basis)

     6.   I often house sit and care for many friends dogs and cats.  I love animals, but I'm not home enough to have my own - so I borrow pets.

     7.   I go to school full time.

     8.   I have been working on this campaign for nearly a year.  This has been an ongoing job in itself and will continue to be.  

​As a self-employed consultant, I work with various companies needing support for their accounting and/or finance teams.  I am typically able to bill anywhere from $45/hour to $75/hour.  My rate is determined based on the project scope, title, contract term, and the type of work involved.  I occasionally come down on my rate for smaller clients who don't have a need for someone with my full skillset.  However, if a client requires a large chunk of my time, then I never come down on my rates.  I am usually able to set my own hours and I don't always work full time.  There are many times when I don't work at all.  This flexibility has given me more time to pursue other interests and focus on my education.   Currently, I am overbooked and juggling many projects at once.  I have never liked the word 'No' and I try to accept anything that comes my way.  If there is absolutely no way I can do something, then I have no problem declining an offer.  I ensure my quality stays consistent and I can deliver in a timely manner.  If elected, I will be dropping everything to serve Northern Nevadans and the American people to the best of my abilities.  The only exception is school, but I will hopefully be done before I get elected.  

 

As I attend school, I do see significant value in having a college degree and I am surprised how far I have gone in my career without one.  I never discount the value in having an education as I do feel it is important.  As I navigate through my courses, I am obtaining deeper insights into processes that I have used for years.  While things made sense before, they make even more sense now.  Personally, I would hire someone without a degree, but I would still encourage a subordinate to obtain one.  There is significant value in a college education for many things that can't be taught or easily picked up in the workplace.  The best people I have worked for are the people who were open minded enough to hire someone with solid experience in lieu of a degree.  I have learned that companies with strict education requirements aren’t usually worth working for.  They are often very close-minded and/or work their people to death.  Open-minded managers are the ones who do everything they can to support their people and encourage their success no matter what their background is.  I have the utmost respect for this and the fact that they see a student who is actually trying to finish school while maintaining a successful career.  Not someone who has solid experience and isn't even trying to obtain an education.  There is a difference.  

Most of my primary work comes out of the Bay Area, but I have also worked for several local companies.   In high school, my first job was at Office Max where I was promoted twice and was a Supervisor at the age of 16 within the span of only 9 months.  I later went to In-N-Out Burger to accommodate my busy high school schedule and it paid more than my Supervisor job.  There, I was able to work my way up to a Level 4 associate.  Shortly after I turned 18, I ran out and got my first car loan through Great Basin Federal Credit Union.   When I went in to make my first payment, I asked if they were hiring and they gave me a card.   They were impressed with my tenacity and drive to finish high school while maintaining an impressive resume.  They were willing to accommodate my school schedule and hired me to process their mail for 3 hours after school each day.  They promised me a full time job as a teller after graduation and the opportunity to move up in the process.   I moved around a lot within the company and eventually left during the recession at the very end of 2008.   Due to limited experience, I was unemployed for nine months and eventually found a part time job working for Dunham Trust Company.   They too saw my potential, and at the time, I had strong ambitions of becoming a lawyer.  From there, I started working in property management and real estate.  I also worked with foster kids for a while.  As I saw my life going towards real estate, I immediately started trying to get back into accounting or finance.  In 2016, I received an email for a 3 month contract working as a financial analyst supporting Microsoft.  I decided to apply assuming I wouldn't get the job, but it was possible since it was only 3 months and they didn't require a degree.   They hired me and immediately saw my potential.  My 3-month contract turned into two and a half years.  I started as a Financial Analyst for the License and Contract Compliance team.   They then moved me to a Tax Analyst role.  After a month, they threw me into a role where nearly everyone had quit and severely struggled with the role.  I was scared and very reluctant, but my bosses were confident that I would do just fine in the role and encouraged me to take it.   I was in the role for two years and promoted to a Senior Financial Analyst under the Accenture Scope and Accounting Manager under Microsoft - primarily focused on revenue and managing the close process for Microsoft Online Advertising.  Since then, I have worked with other big companies including the University of California, San Francisco, Rodan & Fields Corporate, LGC Biosearch Technologies, CareDx, and Genentech.   I have also worked briefly with many other Reno companies such as Clear Capital, Inside Valuation, ITS Logistics, Reno Valuation, and NV Energy.​  All great companies, but they didn't quite align with my career goals and I feel like each place was a stepping stone for my personal development toward something bigger.   Had I stayed at each of these companies, I wouldn't be where I'm at today.  The world has moved my career in so many different directions and each job appeared to be a stepping stone for a greater purpose.  Ever since I started at Microsoft in 2016, my career has developed rapidly.  The new direction is now heading towards politics, so who knows what could be next on my loaded resume.  The world works in mysterious ways and I have learned to just buckle up and roll with it.