Lead Developer Shayla Otolorin plays an integral role at FivePoint Payments. She is in charge of creating software for our clients and works behind the scenes to deliver custom and integrated solutions. Here, we sat down with the coding rock star to chat about what a typical day is like for her and what she enjoys doing outside of work, too (believe it or not, there’s more coding involved!).
Q: What does a day-in-the-life at FivePoint Payments look like for you?
A: I focus on coding, so a day in the life for me looks like writing code all day. I may also get pulled in to help troubleshoot a support issue or any issue a customer might have at the moment.
Q: How did you get your start in this field?
A: I studied math and physics at Agnes Scott College and originally wanted to be an engineer, but I ended up working at Georgia Tech after I graduated. I was working at their Research Institute in the Electrical and Optical Systems Laboratory and started learning how to code there. Prior to joining the FivePoint team, I also worked at another technology company that created enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions like dot net solutions for touchscreen menus.
Q: What do you love most about your job?
A: I enjoy creating custom solutions for the various government municipalities that utilize our portal solution. I work with their technical teams to provide a seamless integration of their data management systems with our payment portal. Each customer does things a little bit differently from the next, so it’s never repetitive. I like that there’s always a learning experience in getting to see how they work and there’s always a custom solution that’s needed.
Q: What are you looking forward to in the year ahead?
A: I’m looking forward to rolling out our multi-select feature. It provides the functionality to process one payment for multiple items at a one time. That is in testing phase now and will be rolling out to production very soon.
Q: Where are you from originally?
A: I am from Atlanta. I grew up in Decatur.
Q: What do you like to do when you’re not working?
A: I like to learn, so even when I’m not working, I look for opportunities to expand my knowledge base in tech. I recently did the Atlanta Code Camp at Kennesaw State University. It’s a fun opportunity for developers in the region to get together and learn the trends in tech for the current year. Last year, it was bot related; this year, there was a lot of talk about mobile and security. I also like to stay pretty active, working out and attending music festivals.
Coffee or tea? Tea.
Favorite sports team? I watch soccer with my dad. Team Chelsea.
Place on your travel wishlist? Costa Rica.
Favorite ice cream flavor? Salted caramel.
Fun fact about you? I’m a cat enthusiast. I have two little cats and love big cats, too. Nat Geo has their “big cat” specials and I’ll just watch that all weekend.
Find out more about the FivePoint Payments team here.