Get to Know a Segpay Employee: Lauren

Recognize that new face in the office? When she isn’t wearing her mask? We thought this would be a good time to go beyond the PPE and get to know Segpay’s newest employee, hired while we were all working remotely.  Meet Lauren Newman, Segpay’s Client Integrations Representative.  Lauren started working at Segpay in May and has jumped right in.  We’re very happy to introduce her to her colleagues at Segpay and the merchants she’ll be supporting.  

We’re so glad you’re on the team Lauren!  So, where were you working before Segpay?

Thank you!  Before working at Segpay, I was working as a Customer Experience Manager at GovSpend here in Deerfield, Florida.

Where did you grow up? 

I’m a Florida native, born and raised in Southwest Florida.  I spent most of my younger years in Fort Meyers.

Was there a dream career when you were a kid?

At one point I really wanted to be an elementary school teacher. 

Where did you go to school and what did you study?

I attended the University of Central Florida where I studied hospitality management.

Do you travel? 

I love to travel but haven’t strayed too far from home.  My favorite place so far is Grand Cayman.  I won a trip there a few years ago and stayed in a beautiful villa right on the ocean!

Favorite thing about living in Florida?

I love the weather here, it’s warm year-round making for great conditions to go boating with friends.

Any Hobbies?

Yoga!  I’ve always enjoyed it ever since I was little.  I try to practice a couple times a week because I feel it makes a big difference.  It helps my body posture and eliminates stiffness.   It also helps me relax at the end of the day and clear my mind.

I’m also returning to playing piano.  I took lessons for six years when I was younger.

Do you like to cook?  Any favorite foods?

I’m not that much of a cook-lol but when I go out, some of my favorite dishes are scallops and risotto, blackened mahi tacos or a grouper sandwich- yum!

Any other unique or fun facts about you? 

I have been a pescatarian my whole life—meaning I’ve never eaten meat, just seafood!

Get to Know a Segpay Employee: Caroline

You may have seen her around the office, at a trade show or in a photo on Segpay’s social media but who is Caroline Karolinko and what does she do at Segpay?  Caroline is on the marketing team and helps in all departments from sales to tech.  She assists on many projects including marketing, managing teams for trade shows and handling the company’s social media.  Caroline has been working at Segpay since July 2018 and we thought it was a good time for merchants and fellow Segpay employees to get to know her better.

We’re so glad you’re on the team Caroline!  So, where were you working before Segpay?

Thank you!  Before working at Segpay, I was a speech language pathologist for the Palm Beach County School District where I specialized in working with children with autism and behavior disorders.

Where did you grow up? 

I was born in New Jersey, but my parents moved to South Florida when I was four.  I grew up in Boynton Beach.

Was there a dream career when you were a kid?

At one point I wanted to be an orthodontist.  I think that was because I had braces and when I got them off, I received lots of compliments on my smile.

Where did you go to school and what did you study?

I studied speech pathology at the University of Florida – Go Gators!  I went on to complete my master’s at Florida Atlantic University.

Any Hobbies?

I enjoy cooking, traveling and a good Orange Theory workout.  I also am involved in synchronized swimming.

Wait— (record scratch) Synchronized Swimming?  What do you do?

After hours at Segpay, I’m the head coach of the Palm Beach Synchronized Swimming Team.  It’s a group of 45 girls ages 4 to 18 who compete and travel across the United States.  I see some familiar faces there too.  Both Cathy Beardsley and Teresa Van Eps’ daughters are on the team. 

How did you get involved in synchronized swimming?

My Mom’s best friends’ daughter was on a team and my mom was a single parent.  She was looking for something that two sisters would enjoy.  The team sport aspect got me hooked and I am happy to provide this fun sport to the community now.

How long can you hold your breath underwater? 

Great question, in synchronized swimming you don’t have to hold your breath that long.  We never sit under water and do nothing in synchronized swimming, we are always moving.  Routines are about three minutes total and there is never a dull moment.  When it comes down to it, only half of that time is spent underwater.   

What is your favorite place you traveled to?

One of my best trips was to Oregon in 2014 where I traveled down the coast of Northern California and ended up in Napa Valley.  We hiked in Crater Lake, swam in hot springs, played in the snow, stayed at a hotel that overlooked the Goonies Rock and had lots of delicious Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley.  I’ve been lucky enough to take some amazing trips with the Segpay team for trade shows too.  One of my favorites was going to Amsterdam.  The locals were so friendly, the food was delicious, the city was filled with lots of history, and the city was gorgeous.  My mom joined me after the show, and we visited the Anne Frank House and Museum.  We also toured the Van Gogh Museum. 

You said you like to cook; do you have a specialty? 

My great aunt is from Spain and at age 85 she taught me how to make flan.  It is now my most requested dish for any family event or party.   

Any other unique fun facts about you? 

I am an ordained minister and have married two of my friends, one in Italy and one in Islamorada, Florida. 

Get to Know a Segpay Employee: Jeff

Up to this point, our Get to Know a Segpay Employee series has focused on newer members of the team. However, today we are profiling a true Segpay veteran, our VP of Operations, Jeff Rosenzweig. Many of you probably know Jeff already, but there is always more to the story when it comes to “The Real Rosey” (or were we not supposed to mention that name?) 🙂

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Get to Know a Segpay Employee: David H.

Segpay’s head of finance reps his daughter’s school  at a basketball game in Ames, Iowa.

In May, David Hohman became Segpay’s newest VP of Finance, and its tallest employee (by a lot). We’re confident David will help take us to new heights in 2018 and beyond, so we wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to Segpay’s new money man.

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Get to Know a Segpay Employee: Mitch

We were afraid to ask what Segpay’s Mitch Mastrucci was doing in this photo of him on a recent Taco Tuesday

Mitchel Mastrucci (Mitch) is one of Segpay’s newest employees, having joined our client integrations and support team in February of this year. The folks here at Segpay are still learning about our new colleague, and thought you might like to join us in getting to know a little about Mitch.

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Get to Know a Segpay Employee: David

Segpay senior developer David Noel sips what we believe is a grape juice, during a recent outing.

Who are the people behind Segpay? One of them is David Noel, a senior web developer who has made great contributions to products such as Segpay’s merchant portal, consumer portal and reporting services (our API). David has been with Segpay for nearly two years now. We’ve all enjoyed getting to know him, and thought you might, too.

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Get to Know a SegPay Employee: Jessica

It is that time again: time to get to know one of the people behind SegPay, and put a face and a story to a name you may already know. If you are a merchant who has interacted with our tech support team, it’s very possible you have talked or emailed with Jessica McFarLane before. A few months ago, Jessica transitioned to SegPay’s QA team. We sat down with Jessica in a conference room on a rainy September afternoon, and here’s what she had to say:

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