Role: Software Engineer
Team: Partner Integrations
What do you do at Fast?
I’m a software engineer who works on our WooCommerce plugin as part of the Partner Integrations Team, and I joined in February of 2021.
Describe your typical day at Fast.
I look for ways to keep improving the user experience and seller onboarding, with some bug fixing and support thrown in.
Where did you grow up, and what were you like as a kid?
Waco, Texas. I’m one of three brothers and I’m the academic one. My brothers were very different: one was social and musical, the other was athletic. I could have been the shy kid who fell back into books and video games, but having two brothers like that encouraged me to pursue other interests like music and sports.
What led you to Fast?
Fast was working on their WooCommerce plugin, and I came on board as a contractor to help get it over the finish line and deploy it to the WordPress directory. That project was a success, and we decided to make it a full-time thing.
At Fast, there are so many opportunities to grow. They’re moving so quickly and offer such interesting technology and projects that I knew I could contribute at a higher level than I was in my previous job.
Also, everyone’s been great to work with. They’re really helpful and kind.
Where were you before Fast?
A senior full stack developer at a web design agency. I worked on some great web projects, like Harvard Business School. IN my past as a web designer, I was approached to write a book on Joomla.
What was your first job?
A one-day gig in high school at a deli. For 10 hours, I coated hams with honey and sugar. I made about $50. I had honey and sugar all over my shoes by the end of the day.
My first official job: my dad owned a software company, so I would do clerical work. Everything that would be on the web now, we did on paper.
What career path did you almost take?
I worked for Dell for two years as an electrical engineer, but it wasn’t what I wanted. Your career should be something you enjoy, not just bringing in a paycheck.
What type of work are Fast engineers doing that catches your eye?
Our headless checkout is pretty groundbreaking – that you can just put up a QR code on a screen and people can buy something immediately with it is incredibly cool. The Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team had a QR code on their scoreboard that led to a Fast checkout, and that’s really cool to see your work on a jumbotron.
What does your spare time look like?
Very family-oriented, with three kids. We support each other during their activities, and we’re very involved in our church.
What’s your personal routine?
I need the “traditional” morning routine: breakfast, getting dressed, etc. I’m intentional about being at work, and shutting down at the end of the workday for family time.
What food or drink is always at your desk?
I try to drink as much water as I can, but I’ll have the occasional Coke (preferably Mexican).
Morning person or night owl?
What's the most used app on your phone?
I go through phases of games; right now it's Minesweeper.
Advice for engineers wondering what to do next?
Keep doing the best work, solving problems, adding value to whatever you do, and learning new things to improve yourself. I think if you’re constantly seeking opportunity versus growth, when the opportunity comes, you won’t make the most of it, because you weren’t focused on growth. If you provide value to people, they’ll want to work with you, and the opportunities will come more organically.
Your non-negotiables for life?
Always strive to improve, whatever that means for you. And treat everyone with respect and dignity.
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