Employee Spotlight: Brandy McIntosh
We sat down with our own Brandy McIntosh, Data Analyst at Billtrust, to ask her a few questions to get to know a little more about her personal and professional life.
Question: What is your favorite food?
Back in the day, it used to be Breyer’s Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream but now I’d have to say potatoes (all kinds!) since adopting a whole food plant based way of eating. I could, and have been known to, eat them every day!
Question: Who is one of your heroes?
One of my present-day heroes is this really cool dude named Josh LaJaunie. Josh was born and raised in Southern Louisiana where hunting, fishing and excessive eating and drinking is a way of life for so many. Back in 2011, he weighed over 400 pounds. Since then, Josh has lost over 200 pounds mostly by committing himself to a whole food plant based way of eating and his love of running. He has dedicated his life to inspiring and encouraging others to do the same – starting with his own family (who have lost a total of over 600 pounds together with Josh). I connected with Josh on Facebook after listening to his very first interview in 2013 and have followed him faithfully since. When we first connected, Josh was just starting to train for his very first marathon. Early this year, Josh place 1st in his first 50-mile race at the Bear Bait 50 Miler. I am inspired by him each and every day to eat to live rather than live to eat and get moving!
Question: What is your favorite part of your job?
My most favorite thing about my job is that each and every day I feel like I contribute to the success of Billtrust in tangible and very real ways. I feel like I am part of a “family” and love how agile and innovative the company and members of my Billtrust family are. Together, I honestly feel we can do anything.
Question: What made you want to become a Data Analyst?
I can’t say that I ever “wanted” or set out to be a data analyst. In college, I studied Ancient Greek and Roman history. I used to type my papers using a Brother Word Processor. Little by little, though, with each position I held after graduating from the George Washington University in 1995, I became more and more interested in the infinite power of data and a passion for organizing it in a way that provides insight and assistance to others.
Question: As a child, what did you want your adult profession to be?
I wanted to be a lawyer.
Question: What is something “weird or interesting” about you that everyone at the office might not know?
I am the daughter of a commercial fisherman from the North Fork of Long Island who started working on the bodies of water surrounding my hometown of Greenport, NY when I was 10 years old. My job back then was to put the rubber bands on the claws of the lobsters that we caught, refill the bait bags that were put into the traps to lure them into them and clean up the boat at the end of the day as we headed into port. Every summer until I turned 13 was spent out on the water imagining mermaids were following us under our boat.
Looking to connect with Brandy on Twitter? Follower her at @DataBrandy!