Role: Strategic & Enterprise Sales Development Representative at Fast
Team: Inside Sales
Location: San Francisco, California
Why did you join Fast?
I’ve always had an interest in the fintech space and fascination with emerging technology. I was a sales development representative at Unity Technologies when I met my manager, Christian (Seme, Head of Inside Sales at Fast). He knew I’d been keen to explore new roles after he joined Fast. Once I started taking a closer look at what Fast was building, I fell in love with the mission. After speaking with other passionate Fast employees, I was sold.
Tell us more about what you were doing before you joined Fast.
I’ve only been in a sales development representative role for about two years now. Before that I was on the Lean In-Club Experiment team for Walmart Labs, on the Business Innovation & Technology Strategy team for Caesars Entertainment, and used to work for Paymentwall, an alternative digital payments platform. My first job at 16 was as a cashier at my local grocery store, so working on checkout is in my blood!
Where did you grow up, and what were you like as a kid?
I grew up in a very small town in Pennsylvania, almost smack dab in Amish country. As a kid, I was always into sports. You would have caught me playing soccer, running track, or kicking for my football team. Outside of sports, one of my favorite things to do was hang out with my dad on his boat in Summersville, West Virginia – so technically I had my boat driver’s license before I could drive a car.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
When I was at Caesars, we did this neat project where we got to identify what the technology stack of rooms of the future was going to look like. As we were trying to find a place to pilot at one of our properties, we instead ended up building a badass innovation lab called Blackfire Innovation, a partnership between University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Office of Economic Development and Caesars Entertainment. I had a lot of fun doing that. Even though I'm not there anymore, it's great to see the project up and running.
Living or dead, who would you like to interview and why?
Kobe Bryant, 100%. I loved the way he approached the game. I’ve always admired Kobe and even more so after his basketball career, as he got into the business world. I feel like we didn't get everything we needed from Kobe before he passed away.
Who is your celebrity doppelgänger?
I’ve gotten a young Leonardo DiCaprio in passing at a bar before. When I was in middle school, I was called Justin Bieber because we had basically the same haircut.
What is your top travel destination?
I’d probably end up just going somewhere where there is a body of water or a boat. But the coolest place I’ve ever been was Chernobyl, just outside of Kiev, Ukraine. I would go back in a heartbeat.
When did someone’s kindness toward you make a big difference in your life?
Early on I had a mentor, Matthew Smith, who gave me my first internship when I was a junior in high school. That’s when I first visited California and saw the world outside of my small town, so I owe a lot to him for giving me that opportunity.
My girlfriend is very kind, too. She’s probably the sweetest person I’ve ever met, and I’ve been with her for almost five years. She’s shown me so many acts of kindness over that period. Beyond that, my mom has also been super supportive – even when I told her I was moving across the country.
Where do you see yourself in a year from now?
Professionally, I’m hoping to still be at Fast to keep building the future of checkout. Personally, I want to spend lots of time with my one-year-old puppy, Jojo. Hopefully I’ll be able to see my family a little bit more, too.