Employee Spotlight: ​Breana Rodriguez

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Name: Breana Rodriguez

 

Position: Distribution Lead

 

Location: Lubbock, TX

 

Job Description:

I currently print, package, and distribute all checks and vouchers for all Millennium clients, along with their printed reports. I also help with keeping up with payroll maintenance and have some experience with customer service and general payroll knowledge.

 

What is your personal background?

Family is everything in my book. I have been married for 14 years and have a 12-year-old son who is my only child. My mother (my neighbor!) and my grandparents helped raise both me and my younger sister, who is ten years younger than me and also lives with me. My husband actually works with my grandfather and my only uncle, so to say we are a close-knit family is an understatement. 

 

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What was your first job?

Hmm, first job? Well, my uncle used to own a hair salon and would employ my services in sweeping and restocking when I was just a kid. (I have always loved having something to do, whether it’s work or a personal project.) However, technically speaking, my first job was at Arby's when I was 15.

 

How did you get your start at FastPay?

Whew, what a story!

 

I was working at McAllister’s Deli and knew most of my regulars by name and order. Well, Mr. Gary Galanos, the previous owner of FastPay, came in. I recognized him, asked if he wanted his usual, and he stopped and asked me how I knew him. He started asking me a few questions, gave me his name, and asked me to come in for an interview. Later that afternoon I went in for the interview, and then, about a month or so later out of the blue, he called and asked if I was interested in a job. 

From that moment on, FastPay has been home for me, and to say I have been blessed with a great opportunity just doesn’t quite cut it. 

 

What do you most enjoy most about your role?

My role in payroll is usually the final step, so in essence, I am a finisher. This allows me to see the culmination of everybody’s hard work, which is something I really like. Also, being able to meet and personally get to know our clients, and their businesses,  is one of the most enjoyable aspects of my job.

 

What is the most challenging part of your work?

The speed and precision necessary are probably the hardest parts of my particular role. I am the last step in the process so every payroll goes through my hands. With upwards of 4000 checks going through my hands in one day I have mastered the ability to think and move quickly, all while making sure everything I release is accurate and able to be upheld by the highest standards.

 

What is one common misconception about working in payroll?

People always assume we deal with real money (which we do only digitally) but in reality, we deal with a lot of paper. It’s not easy to just “cut a check;” payroll industry is held to the absolute highest of standards and practices. Everything has to be double and sometimes triple checked when it comes to dealing with funds and the moving of money.

 

Who do you admire and how have they influenced you and your work?

That answer is easy. My grandfather has always been my number one influence in life. He was one of 9 siblings, started working at a young age,  and has made his name well-known around Lubbock. He started his business over 50 years ago and shows no sign of slowing down. Knowing that seven of his siblings also started their own thriving businesses inspires me to never stop working for what I want in life. 

 

All of his brothers and sisters have been extremely successful in life, so knowing my great grandparents raised such a successful and thriving family makes me extremely proud to be able to pass on the legacy. 

 

What’s something not everyone knows about you?

I, in my humble opinion, am a pretty good writer. Nobody in my life really knows I have won an award or two back in high school for creative writing. 

 

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? (And of course, why?)

I would love to have telepathic abilities; my mind races a mile a minute and I always want to know what’s going on in other people’s heads. (Do they like me? Do they also have a million and one ideas all going at one time?)

 

Do you have a hidden talent?

Almost everybody knows I am a good cook as it’s one of my favorite hobbies. I love seeing or tasting new recipes and trying to recreate them. I am also an avid and extremely fast reader; I can usually devour a book in a day or so. One of the best parts of FastPay is our book club. We have read over 25 books and have been together for three years and still counting!

 

What is your favorite season?

Summer. I love to be outside; I love to camp, fish, hike, boat, whatever, and wherever. There is literally nothing better than to be outdoors enjoying good scenery and discovering a new place or cool new animals. 

 

You’re stranded on a deserted island and can only have three items with you. What would they be?

A utility knife, a large metal pot, and the book, The Idiots Guide to Surviving in the Wild.

 

Fill in the blank: I can’t leave home without _____________.

A hair tie, the essential for any woman with long hair.

 

If you had $10,000 to donate to any charity, who would you choose? Why?

I would probably split between a no-kill animal shelter and OneVoice Home. Why? Because I love animals and think that everybody should have a companion, whether it be feathered, furry or scaly. And, OneVoice Home is an invaluable resource in our community for trafficked victims, which is one issue that most people don’t realize is a big problem in our state.

 

In five words (or less) what advice would you give someone in your profession?Have someone double-check it!

 

 







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