The Personalities Behind Payoff — Meet Chief Science Officer Dr. Galen Buckwalter

I have been at Payoff since …
As a scientific advisor and an angel investor, I’ve been here since the lights were turned on. As the chief science officer, I’ve been here since April 2014.

The best thing about my job is …
Working with an incredible Science Team with a mandate from the company to assure our products and services are based on the best scientific information available. But the absolute most amazing thing about my job is also having a mandate from the company to push our research wherever the data and our logic takes us. That’s why we were able to find FiS, and it’s why we’re finding new ways to deploy the 10 money personality types all the time. We have the mandate and the resources to push the boundaries, and that is amazing.

When I’m not working, I am …
Usually working. I used to apologize for this but not anymore.

My friends describe me as …
Cerebral, intense, passionate and dedicated.

When it comes to dogs or cats, I prefer …
Dogs, but I only have two cats right now. Our lifestyle makes it really hard to have a dog right now.

My favorite TV show is …
Right now it’s Red Rock, an Irish police drama, although, my wife insists on calling it my soap opera.

My favorite movie is …
The Godfather I and II.

My favorite book is …
The Idiot by Dostoyevsky.

My favorite food is …
Pork and sauerkraut.

My favorite vacation was to …
Amsterdam.

A website I check all the time is …
Bleacher Report.

The song I never get tired of hearing is …
Broken English” by Marianne Faithfull.

When I was a kid, my dream job was …
Farming.

If I had a superpower, it would be …
Technological singularity.

Happiness is …
A place with a backyard in Los Angeles.

What would you write in a message-in-a-bottle?
Finances got you stressed out? Payoff.com.

What’s the appeal of a road less traveled?
Conflicting ideas.

What was the best date you’ve ever been on?
Dinner at the Water Grill before Porgy and Bess at the LA Opera.

What matters most to me is …
Trying to do something productive with my life.

What I don’t care about at all is …
The Kardashians.

On a Saturday/Sunday, I love to …
Sleep in, read the papers, have brunch and get some work done.

I really admire …
Michelle Obama.

Money is …
One of the factors that impacts our brain most profoundly, which we know the least about. A terribly important belief.

Money is not …
A credit card.

My money personality is …
The Adventurer.

Last week’s Payoff Personality, Matt W., asked you:
What country have you not visited but is next on your list of places to explore?

Spain, to be precise. This June!

And you get to ask next week’s Payoff Personality a question. What’s your question and how would you answer it?
What is your most effective way to de-stress?

A quick mindfulness routine in a sunny, quiet spot.

Payoff Personality – Galen B

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