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Employee Spotlights: Cristy Armell

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Job Title: Sr. Credit Analyst
Location: Verona Operations Center
Tenure: 6 years
Tell us about your family. I married my high school sweetheart and we now have two girls (Layla and Estella), three dogs (Bagheera, Akela and Chorizo) and two cats (Pancha and Boots).

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What is your favorite holiday tradition? While not an official holiday tradition, my family has celebrated the New Year by having a taco bar. We usually have multiple protein options with all the sides and homemade tortillas. It's definitely very yummy!
What is your favorite personal mantra or motto? My favorite personal mantra is, “You can do anything, but not everything.”
What is your favorite movie? My favorite movie is a tie between Bridesmaids and Up. 
What is your favorite food? My favorite food is definitely tacos. If I had to get specific as to what kind of tacos, I would say it’s between cow tongue and al pastor (spicy pork with pineapple).
Tell us about your hobbies. My current hobbies include preparing all of the snacks and food for my toddler (being a home chef). I also enjoy working out on our Peloton bike. 
Tell us about your pets. We have three dogs. Our two German Shepherds are named Bagheera and Akela, from the Jungle Book, and our Corgi’s name is Chorizo. We also have two cats, named Pancha and Boots.


What is your favorite place you've ever visited? My favorite place I have visited is Costa Rica. We went there for our honeymoon and got to explore the jungle areas (did a hanging bridges tour, visit La Fortuna waterfall and ride ATVs around the Arenal volcano), as well as relax on the beaches.
What's your go-to productivity tip or trick? I listen to music when I have a lot on my to-do list for the day. I will listen to just about anything, but when I really need to focus, I tend to listen to some hard rock or reggaetón since these genres usually have faster beats/rhythms.
What is the most interesting or favorite aspect of your job? I have always enjoyed working with numbers (favorite subject has always been math), so I had a feeling an analyst role would always suit me. I started helping with capital markets/participations portfolio a couple years ago and have really enjoyed that. Working on these deals provides a change to the normal day-to-day type of requests that we see. 
What are your favorite weekend activities? My favorite weekend activities usually include catching up on TV shows, taking our dogs on walks, eating some good food and visiting some of our local vineyards and wineries.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? I would love to have the ability to teleport. I have been on an airplane multiple times, but I am not a fan of heights so being able to teleport from one place to another would makes things SO much easier.

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