Paladin People: Ben Nesbit, Development Engineer
Most Paladin clients will probably never work with Software Development Engineer Ben Nesbit, but each time they take a card payment from a sale, his hard work is put to use. Ben is one of our talented software developers who focuses on credit and payment card transactions.
“I do a lot of UI (user interface) stuff. I try to make sure those transactions are as smooth as possible,” he says describing his job.
Ben came to Paladin after earning a computer science degree from Oregon State University-Cascades in Bend, Oregon. Prior to that, Ben had an incredibly vast and varied background.
He was born in Phoenix, Arizona, spent a couple of very quiet years in Vero Beach, Florida and grew up in Southern California. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Western Colorado University, and Orange County in Southern California, where he worked in an environmental testing lab in Irvine.
Lab work didn’t particularly enthuse Ben, so when he started looking for a new vocation, he landed on computer science. OSU-Cascades was one of the few schools to offer a post-baccalaureate program in computer science.
“They offered an online program, but I work better in a classroom, so I came to Bend, and I’ve been able to stay,” he explains.
Working at Paladin was an easy step for him and he fit right in. It’s easy to spot him on Paladin’s Aloha Fridays. He’s the one in Hawaiian print usually from head to toe.
“Ben is one of our newer developers, and he has been a great addition to the team. He has taken over our credit card processing integrations, on which he quickly learned our system and built our integration with BlockChyp,” explains Nathan Dolly, Ben’s supervisor and Paladin’s software architect. “I greatly appreciate his hard work and how quickly he got this system working. I also appreciate his communication skills, as he’s a much better communicator than most software developers.”
Likewise, Ben enjoys his work and being part of the Paladin team.
“I like it here. The people are good and it’s not too stressful, which it can be in this industry,” he says.