Employee Spotlight: Mike Jones

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Name: Mike Jones 

 

Position:  Director of Technology

 

Location:  Lubbock

 

Job Description:  I support Fastpay’s mission of providing excellent customer service by planning IT infrastructure, designing, building and maintaining software utilities, and helping out wherever I can.

 

What is your personal background? 
I married my wife, Amy, on August 24, 2001. We have three children - Keely, Leah, and Daniel.

 

How did you get your start at FastPay? 
I’ve been an entrepreneur for a long time and was looking to work alongside other accomplished entrepreneurs where I could provide value and at the same time learn new things from them. I was speaking with Kade and Jerred about this and they invited me to join the team.

 

What do you most enjoy most about your role? 
Working with other team members to solve challenging technical problems.

 

What is the most challenging part of your work?  
Payroll is a challenging field in general. Customers have high expectations of accuracy and service, and there are a lot of moving parts. Understanding all those moving pieces and getting them to work together flawlessly has been the most challenging part so far.

 

How would you describe working at Fastpay in three (3) words? 

Fun, challenging, and rewarding

 

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be? 

Fly

 

What is the best gift you’ve ever received? 

My familymike-jones-and-family

 

How many unread emails do you have in your inbox right now? 

0

 

If you had to eat only one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

Cheeseburger and fries

 

Who do you admire and how have they influenced you and your work?  

Mark Rockefeller, founder of Street Shares. I admire how he leverages his success to promote entrepreneurship for our military veterans. He’s influenced me to try and do the same for veterans here in Lubbock.

Amy Wood, founder of Flint Avenue. I admire her strength and openness. She’s influenced me to be open to new things and step up my self-examination game.

My wife, Amy Jones.  I admire her work ethic. She has influenced me to always stick with it and get the job done.

 

What’s something not everyone knows about you? 
I started to learn software development at the age of 9, and have loved it ever since. I first started developing on an Apple IIE, and have had other early computers throughout the years: Tandy 1000, Commodore 64, TI 4A+, etc. I have a vintage Apple IIE right now.

Name a song title that you feel best describes you. 

My Front Porch Looking In - Lonestar

 

In five words (or less) what advice would you give someone in your profession? 

Always be learning



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