Brian, Director of Software Engineering, joined Points 5 years ago as a development team lead. He’s responsible for people, process and technologies: growing the team, refining its processes, and always finding ways to do things better. If there’s one thing you should know about Brian, it’s that he never backs down from a challenge, whether it’s work-related, sports-related… or even when it involves consuming a 2.6-pound steak in one sitting. Are you ready to meat meet this month’s Featured Pointster?
What’s your favorite thing about working at Points?
My favorite thing is being presented with hard, interesting challenges to work on, and working on them with some great people.
What are you working on right now?
Re-platforming our Buy, Gift and Transfer product — the product that enables our loyalty program partners to sell their points and miles to their members. We’re rewriting the existing java product from scratch in Python in a micro services architecture.
What’s one thing people probably don’t know about your job?
People probably don’t realize how many different areas it can cover, including dealing with recruiting, people, building teams, and building culture.
What’s your favorite place to eat near the Toronto office?
The Burger’s Priest. Be sure to try the Vatican 🙂
Tell us something surprising about yourself.
I love food challenges. The last one I did was eating a whole 42-ounce steak. I did finish it but I can say I didn’t feel so good afterwards.
What’s the best tip you have for getting the most of your loyalty points and miles?
Pick one program and stick with it until you reach your target redemption.
What is the best trip you’ve ever taken?
Earlier this year I took a trip to Spain with some friends to knock of a few things off the bucket list. Running with a bull, check. Racing cars on a pro track, check.
What is one thing you can’t live without?
My phone, it’s become my personal assistant. It keeps me organized and tells me where I need to be and when.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island, what three movies would you bring?
Armageddon, Zoolander, and The Usual Suspects.
What makes Points different from other companies you have worked at?
What sets Points apart is a strong belief in the idea that a company’s culture is as important as the work it does.
What profession, other than your current one, would you like to try?
Race-car driving. (The photo above is me at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya race track.)
What’s your favorite way to spend a Friday night?
With a bag of popcorn and a movie or catching up on TV.
Describe your favorite pair of shoes.
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