Christine Reiser is the Controller at Geraci Law Firm. She graduated from Biola University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Organizational Leadership. Ms. Reiser has spent the better part of 20 years in Accounting. Ms. Reiser has an aptitude for reconciling accounts and figuring out viable solutions for challenging situations. She refers to this aspect of accounting as “sleuthing.” (Perhaps she watched too many Sherlock Holmes movies in her youth?)
Ms. Reiser works diligently to present accurate data and figures to both the Firm and more importantly, to the Firm’s clients. Ms. Reiser believes strongly that Geraci’s customers deserve the very best in the way of accounting from Geraci Law Firm.
If there is ever any way Ms. Reiser can assist you, she invites you to contact her and she will do her level best to help you.
This year was the 500th commemoration of Martin Luther hanging his 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg Castle in Germany. Our Church Choir had the incredible opportunity to go on a choir tour in Germany this past May. The highlight for me had to be when we all Flash Mobbed (you have to understand; the average age of our choir members is around 70 years old… so for us old geezers to “Flash Mob” was really funny)! Martin Luther’s most famous hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” in that very church. It was awesome. The church was very crowded. Our voices were coming from different sections of the church and everyone just stopped talking, taking pictures (except of us) and just listened. Doesn’t get much better than that.
Books currently reading
Vanishing Grace by Philip Yancey
Word that best describes you:
Most prized possession
My faith in Jesus Christ.
My hobbies are knitting, making fleece blankets, working on other miscellaneous crafts, baking – in particular, my mom’s cut-out cookie recipe that calls for sour cream and nutmeg, and singing in my church’s choir with my husband.
My favorite films are probably Disney’s animated films because they remind me of all the time I spent with my daughters when they were little watching these films together. On the top of that list would be The Little Mermaid because it has to do with getting one’s voice back and being who one really is.
What was it about the accounting field that drew your interest?
My mother used to sit at the kitchen table to reconcile the church hall’s books, the boy scout books and probably some women’s group books. I loved to watch her do so. As I grew up, I also realized I had a knack for numbers and found following in her footsteps rewarding. Finally, I am not the wisest person in the world, but I know that controlling numbers is a good thing, and controlling people is not. Bookkeeping gives me the opportunity to control numbers and in turn that gives me the freedom to not control people. It is a nice balance in my life!
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has torment.”
What are you most proud of at Geraci?
I am so proud of many things here. I am proud of Anthony and Christina Geraci for being courageous enough to give every employee the chance to make a difference. I am proud of my fellow employees that step up to the plate each day and make that difference. Finally, I am proud (and honored) that I get to be a part of this organization.
If you could go back and change any aspect of your life, which would it be?
I am not sure I would change anything. For all the experiences I have had, whether joyous or filled with grief, have made me who I am today. If life had been easier, I could very well be sitting on my behind somewhere eating bon bons, and that would not be nearly as fun as coming to work every day and interacting with the greatest crazy group of people I know!!!!
What is your proudest achievement?
It is actually a series of events that I am proud of. What I mean is that I am proud of the fact that when life knocks me down, I get back up again. And now all my grey hairs and scars are proof positive that I have lived and loved, lost and cried, but have not given up.
What’s it like working at Geraci?
Geraci Law Firm is known as the “Un-Firm.” To explain my thoughts on this, I must first digress. On pages 55-58 of the book, The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey, Chris explains two parts of the brain: the limbic system and the prefrontal cortex. Simply stated, he says that the limbic system is the pleasure center of one’s brain and the prefrontal cortex is the logical part of one’s brain. One conclusion would be that the limbic system would interfere with getting work done and would not be too useful in the workplace. The author quickly asserts that while that can be the case, the truth is when these two parts of the brain work together, the result is creative productivity. Examples the author gives are inventions such as the printing press, light bulbs, and the internet. With that as my backdrop, the best way I can describe Geraci Law Firm is to say Christina and Anthony Geraci have labored to set up an environment where these two parts of the brain can function in tandem much more readily than in conventional law firms. That, to me, is a good explanation of why Geraci Law Firm is called the “Un-Firm.”
What was it that drew you to Geraci?
When I saw the posting for an open position at Geraci Law Firm, it stated in the posting that their core values were Peace of Mind, Striving for Excellence, being Dedicated to Constant Communications, being Accountable and being Passionate. Those values resonated deeply within me. I feel so fortunate to work at this incredibly unique and wonderful place…