I never know how to start these types of things so here goes nothing….
My name is Jason Morales and I’ve been here at El Toro little more than a year now in the accounting department. When I stop and think about how I came to work here it actually turns out to be quite the story full of twists and turns so let’s start at the beginning.
I was born in Tampa, Fl and it was discovered that I had a rare condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta that results in fragile bones. It was definitely a challenge growing up but it helped me realize early that life is full of complications that you will have to face and push past. It taught me not to take things for granted and not to worry about things that you cannot control. But the things you can control are a completely different story.
I woke up one day and realized that I didn’t enjoy hurricanes and hot weather so I decided to move to Louisville. I had a brother who moved here the previous year so I figured it was as good as place as any for a fresh start. When I made it up here I met some wonderful people who helped me get established and I soon found a job but eventually realized that it wasn’t enough. I made the decision to go back to school even though I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do.
As my college career progressed, I settled on the accounting program at the University of Louisville and a few years before graduating I wanted to try something new so I started a seasonal job at a nearby haunted house during Halloween. It was there that I met Rich Teachout, who also happens to be a lead developer at El Toro. Upon getting to know him and talking about my career goals he asked if I would be interested in an internship at El Toro. It sounded like a wonderful opportunity and I jumped on it as soon as I could.
Working at El Toro has been an absolute pleasure and a wonderful experience. I’ve been able to work with the CFO, Chris Montague, and learn not only the specific billing issues El Toro faces but much more about accounting which will help me to prepare for my future goals. It is very exciting being with a growing company and with such talented people. And there are dogs. Lots of dogs. I suppose the massive stockpile of bourbon upstairs doesn’t hurt either.
These days I’m simply enjoying my time away from a classroom. I enjoy playing games of all kinds with friends and going to see live music. I also have an incredibly plump cat named Tiger who dictates when and where I’m allowed to sleep. I’m enjoying the downtime while I can because next year I’m going to prepare for the CPA exam which will be the next major goal for myself. After that is yet to be seen.
I can’t wait to see what the next level has in store for me. More experience leads to leveling up and you should always be leveling up.