Meet Numberman LLC’s New Employee!

Ben Harris, founder of Numberman LLC

Ben Harris, founder of Numberman LLC

With great excitement, I introduce to you Numberman LLC’s new full-time employee, Riza!

She works at Numberman LLC as a bookkeeper and licensed tax preparer. Riza and I have some history. She’s worked with me as a contract bookkeeper the last couple of years. Some time before that she worked in Port Moller, Alaska.

If you have been following my content, you likely know this is the location where I spent many summers as a longshoreman. Over the years one thing that I came to believe is that most people who take seasonal jobs in Alaska are hard working. Not all, but most. The test is if they worked there more than a couple of years. Multiple seasons show hard work didn’t keep you away.

Through subcontracting for Numberman LLC I learned more about Riza as she proved to be dependable, honest, and a very fast learner. It only felt right to offer her the position when it opened up.

I decided to interview Riza for this blog post. What better way to get acquainted than with a little Q&A.

The Early Years and Education

Q: What is Your name
A: Riza!!!

Q: How did it all start?
A: I was born in the bustling metropolitan city of Manila, Philippines and when I was eight years old I moved to a small migrant farming town called Lamont, California. There’s little bit of a difference there, and by a little, I mean a significant difference in the population and activity.

Q: School?
A: I left Lamont as soon as I could when I was 17 to go to school at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. It was the furtherest California State University away from Lamont (love Lamont, but really I don’t). I graduated from HSU in 2009.


Riza Llanes and Oshi

Life and Work Experience

Q: Where have you have worked?
A: I’ve worked in Port Moller, Alaska for Peter Pan Seafoods where I first met Ben. I worked for three seasons as a processor. I took three seasons off and worked as a part-time caregiver year round. I returned to Port Moller as an office assistant in 2010 and worked six seasons at that position. After Moller I moved to Portland and worked in the horticulture business. This past summer I worked as a pool tech for Wet Kat Pool Service. That was something very different. Working for Wet Kat was definitely challenging but allowed me to be more comfortable driving. I learned to adjust to unexpected circumstances and to be more resourceful in my problem solving. I believe that will help me out in my new position and in life in general.

Q: Hobbies and passions?
A: I want to say that I like to hike and be outside and all that good stuff, but let’s get real, I am not going hiking unless someone is dragging me out of my house. I love to cook and try to recreate recipes that remind me of my childhood in the Philippines. I like to read, right now I’m more into reading non-fiction. One of my favorite authors is Mary Roach, author of such books as Stiff, Gulp, and Grunt.

Q: Organizations past or present?
A: I am proud to say that I’m part of a club called ORSU. That’s the Oregon Sports Union Rugby Club. I love to play rugby and being part of its culture. It’s an exponentially growing sport in the U.S. It’s a great club with awesome people in it.

Q: Where do you see your future in relation to working at Numberman?
A: I see myself helping the business grow.

Ben: I’ll accept that answer.

Q: What do you work toward in your free time?
A: The last few months I’ve been taking a tax course to sit for the Oregon State exam for tax preparers license. Now that it’s over I want to spend my free time getting fit and ready for the upcoming rugby season.

Q: What is your favorite quote?
A: I have a couple…

“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” -Albert Einstein

“Those who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” -Benjamin Franklin

Q: You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?
A: Teach the elephant how to draw and then sell the paintings? Or give the elephant a paint brush and see what it does with it. I would rather take it to an animal sanctuary but apparently Ben already took that answer.

Q: You step outside the office and find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do?
A: Invest 75 percent of it and then set something up for my family.

Q: What’s your favorite ’90s jam?
A: Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio

Q: What was the last gift you gave someone?
A: A portable game player with 600 games built in to it, it has all the Mario games, Streetfighter, Sonic, all that good stuff.

Q: Any last words?
A: Byeeeeee, see you soon.

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