Personality Plus: Richard Bradfute

Your name: Richard Bradfute
Your job: Assistant VP/ Chief Information Officer
Your age (date of birth): 33 years-old, November 4, 1971
Your hometown: Born in Lamar, Colo. but Portales is my home.
Occupation: I direct the IT and proof operations for the Portales National Bank
Your family: I married Christy seven years ago. I have two children (daughter) Taylor 3 years old, and (son) Donavan Tate 17 months old.
Your Hobbies and group(s) you are involved with, volunteer work: I am actively involved with Faith Triumphant Church and I play guitar in their worship group.

What do you think of Portales?
“Portales is my home and I love it! I would like to see us more aggressive in diversifying our economic base so that we are not as dependent on businesses that require a great deal of water. I would also like to see more of my fellow citizens take pride in the appearance of our city.”

What do you visualize your life being in 10 years?
“I still see myself in Portales, but I believe that I will be better, happier and more fulfilled than I am now… and that’s a pretty tall order.”

Tell us about your parents:
“I have the best parents in the world and I admire them both. My father gave me a great work ethic and always set an example by how hard he worked My mother invested her life into me, and my brothers. I deeply love both of my parents and I am proud to be their son.”

 Who is someone you admire in life? Why?
“I admire my pastor, James Terry and my boss, David Stone. They have invested a great deal in me, and each one is there for me when I have problems and questions. I greatly respect those who could easily have left Portales for greater rewards, but chose to stay because they believe in this city and its future.”

Tell us about your spouse:
“My wife is a proverbs 31 woman. I can state with certainty that she is the best person I have ever known. There is no one else I would ever want to be with.”

What is your greatest hope?
“This is the easiest question so far: Jesus Christ. Without Him, my life would have no purpose or meaning. All the good that has come to me, and I have been truly blessed, has come through His love and faithfulness. I owe all that I am to my Savior.”

If money were no object, what would you do to make the world a better place?
“Money will not solve the world’s problems. You cannot buy world peace, you cannot buy a good heart and you cannot purge the evil in the world by writing a check. The only resolution to pain and suffering in this world is to change the hearts and minds of people. Money cannot do that, only a relationship with Jesus can.”

Tell us about your greatest accomplishment?
“Marrying my wife.”

What’s your idea of a perfect day?
“I love waking up on Saturdays and Sundays and spending time with my kids. We go buy groceries, take a nap, watch a ballgame in the afternoons, then go out to dinner.”

When you were a kid, what did you think you’d be doing as an adult?
“Working at a grocery store like my dad. I was excited about it, but it never happened.”

If I could do anything, I would…
“Travel the world in a band, playing music every night. I’d love that.”

If you could be a superhero, what would your name be?
“Sexy man.”

What is your favorite TV show? Why do you relate to it?
“I love the Simpsons. I cannot get enough of their satire. The show always makes me laugh…even at myself.”

What do you like about your job?
“It constantly challenges me. I never know from one day to the next what is going to happen.”

Tell about a time that you were nervous:
“The first time I ever got up in front of a group of ENMU faculty. I was teaching them how to do a computer application, and I had never done that before. Now I love teaching.”

If you could redo one moment in life, what would it be?
“There have been several times where I wish I would have prayed about a situation instead of trying to solve it myself.”

— Compiled by Laurie Stone