If this were a LinkedIn review it would be full of details on Sal’s incredible work ethic, industry experience, and technical accounting savvy. We decided to get a little more personal as we turned our spotlight on the man behind the numbers:
The title “Controller” sounds all knowing and powerful. How would you describe it (in brief)?
Sal: The title of Controller, in my instance, is mostly related to finance and human resources and ensuring those areas of the company are properly managed. I’m certainly not all-powerful… If anything, I feel as though everyone here is my boss!
In DCI’s holiday sweater competition, you went for the real deal – a classically hideous holiday garment. Was that sweater already hanging in your closet?
Sal: The sweater was not hanging in my closet but in my friend’s closet. I was not about to go out and buy a garment I would not wear ever again. Call me cheap, but I thought of it as a sensible cost saving.
If you had an escape pod at your command at any moment, where would it take you?
Sal: Disney World. It is absolutely the best place on earth.
Is it true that you don’t carry a mobile phone? If so, is it because you are Amish or anti-technology? Inquiring minds want to know.
Sal: That’s true and it’s funny that you mentioned the Amish. That’s what I call my son when we take away his electronics (he’s not so amused by that title as I am). But, I digress…the real reason I am cell-phone free is that I used to have a job where I was on call 24 hours a day and it started with beepers. After that job, I swore to myself that I would never again be that instantaneously accessible. Additionally, I feel like a cell phone is just another device to babysit and I would react to it like a Pavlovian dog.
In other words, you’d prefer to have CONTROL over the flow of communications rather than the other way around.