Aug 17, 2023 Employee Spotlight: Dirk Bernd
This month we are highlighting Dirk Bernd. Dirk has been with Leonard Rickey Investment Advisors for almost 8 years and works out of our Yakima office. Get to know more about Dirk below!
Share a picture of something that is important to you. Why is it important to you?
Pretty easy one, my family. Here’s a recent picture of wife Traci, daughter Taryn 15, and son Byron soon to be 13.
What’s something surprising that not many people know about you?
I started a blanket-making project back in 2011, we call it Give Back Give Warmth, we now make upwards of 200 cut-and-tie blankets in December and give them to different homeless support organizations like Camp Hope and Rod’s House.
Do you follow any sports teams?
My Washington State University Cougars – I guess when it comes to pro teams I like to follow players like Drew Bledsoe (now retired) and now Cooper Kupp of the LA Rams, being he’s from Yakima and all and got to watch him play at Davis High School.
What was the last TV show you binge-watched?
Alone on Netflix
Do you have a favorite holiday? Why or why not?
The 4th of July – I love watching my family’s reaction to the fireworks show, I get to get to BBQ ribs or Brisket, and we usually get out on the boat on the lake on this day, plus it’s America’s Birthday.
What’s a cause that you are passionate about?
Right now, I’m pretty involved with my Southwest Yakima Rotary Club, just finished the past year as club president. I love all the things we do in our community of Yakima, but also the support we do around the world, from Shelter boxes to helping support Imagine Scholar in South Africa. It also gives an opportunity to volunteer in our community with different groups and organizations.
Would you rather cook or order in?
I love to cook and make tasty food.
What’s your favorite board game?
My family often plays Pinnacle – during the school year it has become a Friday night tradition at dinner time.
How do you take your coffee?
With vanilla creamer.
What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
My favorite concert was Coldplay at the Gorge.
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