Name: Cody Castillo
Title: Revenue Accounting Supervisor
Division: Division of Motor Vehicles
What is your current position and how long have you been in this role? What were your other positions and what did you like about them?
My current role within the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is the Revenue Accounting Supervisor. I have been in this role for about three months. This position provides a different challenge almost on a daily basis, which is what I like about it the most. I learn something new every day, which keeps things fresh and appealing.
I have worked for DMV for just over five years and have held a few different positions in my career during this time period. My first position was a Transportation Customer Representative in the Correspondence Processing Unit of which I was in for six months. This was my first “real” job. From there, I quickly moved to the Special Plates unit as a Transportation Customer Representative (TCR) Senior. I was learning different things and picked up many useful skills in this role. Over the next two years I promoted within the unit to the team lead position. I held that position for about a year before moving to the Bureau of Driver Services (BDS). In BDS, I was the Motor Vehicle Program Specialist, and I dealt with the budget and grants among other things. This is where I learned about governmental accounting and its inner workings. I was in this position for just under a year, which then brought me to my current role.
Walk us through a typical work day.
It’s hard to summarize a typical day because there seems to be always something different. In my current role I would say a typical day consists of helping and answering questions for the unit, dealing with any financial issues that arise, creating reports, training, with a few meetings sprinkled in.
I would say the most common issues we see are within the data. We sometimes need to correct what project things are being charged to because of how things are originally coded. We do this by making adjustments to the fee codes and verifying it looks how we want it to look. The revenue we bring in comes from the different products we issue (titles, registration). The funds are retrieved throughout the state.
Were you going to school while you were working full time?
For the first 3 ½ years at DMV I was going to school full time after work. It was a lot of effort, but the investment so far has been totally worth every minute. I have a bachelor’s degree in Financial Management with a minor in Accounting. I wouldn’t say that the DMV influenced my degree choice, but while working here I saw the opportunities that the DMV could offer me if I finished my degree.
What’s something that tends to surprise people to learn about your job?
I would say the accounting side of the role. There are so many things that can go right or wrong and you have to understand what is going on to truly be successful. I would say people may be surprised just how involved you have to be and understand the different DMV processes to make sure the correct adjustments are made. I wouldn’t necessarily say that they are not familiar with the financial aspect, as most people know what we charge for the different products, but the process we go through to get the answer we are looking for.
Who has influenced you most in your career (and why)?
I try to learn from everyone. I look at the way people do things and take the good and the bad from any situation. I have been influenced by many people through the years here at DMV on many different things. My main influence has to be the support of my wife, Hannah, and my family. They push me to be who I am and want to be.
What words of advice do you have for young people starting their career?
I would say the best advice that I have to give is to listen and learn from those around you. Come to work every day, do your best and take every day like it is a job interview.
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