Although “RDHB” was born of our four partners—Rizzo, DiGiacco, Hern, and Baniewicz—there are many more faces behind the name. Every day, these professionals work closely with our clients, playing critical roles in the growth of their businesses, and the success of our firm.
As we continue to add some of Rochester’s brightest accounting talent to our team, we want you to get to know them like we do. We’re not talking about their work histories or the degrees they earned in college, but some of the fun details that make them who they are.
In the coming weeks, we will share with you a series of Q&A sessions featuring our directors and managers. Then, the next time you see them, you’ll be armed with a few facts that are sure to be conversation-starters.
First up, let’s meet Chris Harris!
Name: Christopher Harris
Title: Non-Profit Team Director
Time at RDHB: Almost 6 years
What three words would you use to describe RDHB?
Knowledgeable. Personable. Committed.
What do you like most about working at RDHB?
The people and the M&Ms.
Why did you choose a career in accounting? What led you to RDHB?
I chose accounting because I “understood it” and it offered better employment opportunities than geology (my initial major). I was drawn to RDHB because I’ve known the people for years and I think that this firm best allows me to provide the kind of services I want to provide.
How would you describe your job to a child?
A business sells things, and they need to keep track of all the activity and tell other people about it; I make sure the activity and story are true.
Where is your hometown?
Hamden, CT until I was 6, then Auburn, NY
Tell us about your family.
Wife Courtney, daughter Abby, son Jack. We live in Victor.
It’s a Sunday at 2:00pm. What are you most likely doing?
Is there snow? If yes, then skiing. If not, then likely thinking about skiing while doing something else. If summer, playing outside with the kids, hiking, or mountain biking.
You work in accounting, so it must be asked: What is your favorite/lucky number, and why?
I don’t believe in luck, young Grasshopper.
What is your favorite thing about the Rochester area? What is your favorite thing to do here?
I love Rochester. The balanced seasons, the lack of crazy traffic, just enough arts to keep me occupied, great schools, and lots of nature to play in. Favorite thing? I guess summer festivals with the kids.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
A compound movement involving my legs and abs
Favorite TV show to binge-watch?
You can eat only one food for the rest of your life. What do you choose?
My mom’s eggplant parm
Where is your most favorite place you have ever visited?
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, what famous actor or actress would play you?
What is something you wish you could do, but can’t?
Name one thing that is on your “bucket list.”
Learn to play the piano