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Employee Profile: Chris, Senior Business Analyst, Finance

Name: Chris

Title: Senior Business Analyst, Finance

Hire Date: 8/2016

How would you describe what you do to someone who knows nothing about Clif Bar or your role?

I have one of the most fun and interesting jobs at Clif Bar. I have no idea what will happen on any given day. One day I could have an issue with a posting of an accounts receivable batch. The next day I could have an issue with data not pulling correctly...or an issue with a fixed asset or an invoice or a journal entry or a manufacturing variance, I just never know what I am in for on a daily basis! I started my career as a CPA, I was happy with the job, but I did not see much difference day to day. I moved into IT for the excitement of figuring out issues and helping my customers with all sorts of problems.

What do you love most about working at Clif Bar?

What I enjoy most about Clif Bar is that I am valued for more than just my work. I am treated like a human being not like an object. I enjoy working for Kit and Gary, a couple that we all can really look up to. They are amazing people who have given so much to so many lucky people who call Clif home.

What are your interests and passions outside of work?

My number one and main interest is my son. I invest all I can into him because my time with him is short. When I am not with my son, I enjoy motorcycle riding, playing guitar (although I only know a few chords), bike riding, reading (Human Action by Von Mises is my latest adventure), traveling and growing lots of beautiful plants.

What is one of your most memorable food experiences?

My most memorable food experience was when I went to China for the first time and was expecting all of this great Chinese food! However, when we arrived at the facility, we were met with menus from McDonald’s, Subway and Pizza Hut…not exactly what I was looking for!

Chris L Family

What has been or will be your greatest adventure?

My greatest adventure, so far, has been raising my son. Someday that will all be in the past, but for now, I would have to say raising him is my greatest adventure…and it is not always easy.

What is your United States Armed Forces Background?

I spent a good four years in the US Air Force. I thought it would be easy. I thought I would love it. I almost immediately regretted my decision the day I landed in San Antonio. The drill sergeants yelling at us to drop our bags and then pick them up…I thought that was funny…so I laughed. Well that was my welcome to the military and it was not pretty. However, I took full advantage of the GI Bill. I put in my $100 a month for a year and received 4.5 years of paid college in return…not a bad payback!