Each week at Brooks Bell, we have a short meeting Friday morning with the entire team. During the meeting we get updates on tests and the company, and award a “Star of the Week.” This week, our Star is optimization analyst, Taylor Wilson. This is the second time we have featured Taylor as Star of the Week on the blog. With this past quarter being one of our busiest, Taylor has worked hard to ensure that our tests are launched on time and without any busts. Congratulations!
What do you like to do outside of work? Any hobbies?
I love being outdoors, and with two needy dogs, this is never a problem. However, much of my time outdoors is spent running, biking and, more seldom than I’d like, the occasional baseball/softball game. I’ve always had a passion for woodworking and try to build a few projects each year. Also, I have been brewing beer at home for a few years and continually work towards improving that skill.
Do you have any advice for aspiring analysts or those new to the field?
Keep the goal in mind. The saying ‘can’t see the forest through the trees’ never applied more. Being detailed and looking into every aspect of a problem is great, and needed, but you can lose both yourself and those you’re trying to present finding/solutions to. It’s about ‘forced prioritization.’ Ask yourself, “What’s the one thing you want someone to take away from your analysis?” and compound on that.
If you could take a vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Being that I’m planning a trip across Europe this year, I feel compelled to say Europe. However, I love the tropics. Anywhere with a relaxing beach, sun and palm trees, and I’ll be perfectly content.
—The Brooks Bell Star of the Week is a team member who has gone above and beyond typical expectations during the week. The award is designed to empower our team and ensure everyone’s hard work is appreciated and recognized. The winner receives a large trophy they get to keep for the entire week, fully equipped with extra Nerf darts (extra protection for those impromptu Nerf wars). They also get the honor of selecting the following week’s winner. Sound like fun? Check to see if we’re hiring.