Name: Zac Tischhauser
Occupation: General Manager, Cattle Baron Portales
Birth date: July 19, 1975
Family: Sommer Tomlinson, fiancée, and son, Aaron Thomas
Zac Tischhauser is general manager of the Cattle Baron Restaurant in Portales. He has a fear of drowning, an admiration of Socrates and an aspiration to be portrayed by Shaquille O’Neal.
What do you think of Portales?
“Portales is a great community and has some of the most wonderful sunsets in the state. Great hues of orange and red. I know it doesn’t rain often, however when it does this place really feels wonderful.”
What is your idea of a perfect day?
“A perfect day would be spent with playing with my son and seeing him explore new things and cooking dinner for my fiancée. Work sometimes keeps me away too long and I really cherish my time with them even more now that our son is more interactive and curious about everything.”
Who is invited to your dinner party and why?
“My son and fiancée would be my perfect dinner party. My son is easy to cook for since he likes hot dogs and yogurt, although a bit messy, and Sommer, because she is wonderful.”
“Kevin Spacey — The Usual Suspects, Seven, Swimming with the Sharks — the man can act.”
What is the best thing about your favorite sport?
“I love basketball and football. The reason I admire them so much is that they take so many individuals and shape them into a cohesive team. Teams that are good are so fun to watch because they compliment each other on so many levels and strip away the egos to achieve a desired goal, that takes so much time and dedication.”
What do you envision your life being like in 10 years?
“PTA meetings, helping with homework and camping trips with my family.”
What is your greatest fear?
“Drowning, which is why I live in a desert.”
What is greatest hope?
“To be a good father, a good husband, and a good manager for the people of Portales.”
What is your favorite smell?
“The smell of Jell-O cooling in our walk-in (refrigerator) at work, I absolutely love that smell.”
What would you like printed on your gravestone?
“The secret of life is … lean closer.”
What’s your theme song?
“‘Imagine’ by John Lennon.”
What is your favorite taste?
“I love the taste of my grandmother’s apple pie. It is absolutely delicious.”
What do you like best about your job?
“The people. Working with a diverse and interesting group of men and women. Many of the people I work with I have enormous respect and pride for the character they exhibit on a continuous basis, and then getting to meet and interact with an even larger group of customers here in Portales. Everyone has a story to tell and when I don’t have to run around so much I love hearing him or her tell their story. There are many people who I enjoy seeing and getting to talk to on a regular basis.”
What is the least favorite part about your job?
“The hours sometimes are very long and they keep me away from my family more than I would prefer. I miss spending time with them.”
Who would you want cast in the lead role in a movie about your life?
“Well, I suppose I would have to go with Shaquille O’Neal. I think he would be about the right size.”
If you could do one thing and money were no object, what would you do to make the world a better place?
“I would erase all the debt accrued by everyone and simply start off new. I think everyone gets tired of feeling overwhelmed by burdens of debt and without them a lot of people would stand a little taller and smile a little more. It would be nice to see.”
Who is your hero and why?
“Socrates is probably my hero. Philosophy is perhaps one of the greatest undertakings and his contributions were undeniably influential. I also think Joe Montana is/was the greatest clutch player I have ever seen in my life. We should all be so calm under extreme pressure.”
Who were the most influential people in your life?
“My grandmother, mother, and fiancée, my grandmother taught me strength and pride, my mother understanding and compassion, my fiancée unconditional love and hope. I have no idea what I would have done without them in my life, I do know I would not have been as strong or whole. I am thankful for all three of them everyday.”