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Meet the Bravo Team | Kelly York, Director of Software Development
Ever wonder who writes the code, develops the software, and creates the new features you see in all the Bravo and Buya releases? Meet Kelly York, Bravo’s Director of Software Development, who has been overseeing and developing Bravo’s software since the beginning.
Kelly’s curiosity for computer science began when he was only 12 years old when he started developing software on his Commodore Pet computer. That curiosity led him to pursue a degree in computer science and he hasn’t turned back, with over 25 years as a computer programming professional.
He came to know Bravo’s CEO Steve Mack when he took a job as a programmer for Superpawn back in 1996. Since Kelly’s father also owned pawn shops, he was able to combine his pawn knowledge and computer science skills to help architect Prima – the building blocks for what is now Bravo today.
After Steve Mack sold Superpawn and came up with the idea to sell his software as Bravo, he reached out to Kelly to join the team. After a year of development to create the first version of Bravo, they released it at the NPA convention in 2011, and has been coming out with continual updates ever since.
So now that you know about Kelly’s role with Bravo, let’s get to know him more:
Beecher, IL – hour south of Chicago
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What is your spirit animal?
Eagle – I love nature and it would be so cool to have the freedom to soar like a bird.
Eating malted milk balls. If you put them in front of me, I just can’t stop!
Imagine you’re on stage as a contestant in the Miss/Mr World Competition, what would your special talent be?
Playing piano or Ukelele. I’m currently in an Ukelele club.
What 3 sites/apps do you spend most of your time on?
Flipboard, Reddit, and Facebook
What is in your current music rotation?
Pop, Alternative, Current music. Favorite band – The Beatles.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Wanted to be just about everything. A writer, geologist, astronaut. When I was 10, I really wanted to be an Astronomer but when I researched how much money they make and what they actually do on a daily basis, it definitely wasn’t for me. Got my first computer when I was 12 and wanted to be a programmer ever since.
What do you like to do outside of Bravo?
Biking, Hiking, Camping, and also a Scoutmaster for the Cub Scouts
What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done?
Ran from rim to rim of the Grand Canyon and to the peak of Mt. Whitney – the highest peak in the continental U.S.
Where is the coolest place you ever visited?
Paris. I was 21 so the culture and freedom was awesome. I took the subway wherever I wanted to go and did whatever I wanted for a week!
Where in the world do you most want to visit?
Woah.. that’s a long list! Anything in the Mediterranean – Greece, France, Italy. I like both the coastal area and history of these places.
If you could meet anyone in the world (dead or alive) who would it be?
Albert Einstein – I like the science and cosmology stuff.
How would you spend your last day on Earth?
With family on the beach. Skydiving, parasailing – do something crazy since it is the last day!
What would your last meal be?