Close friends like to share their stories and memories and George Botsev is no exception. People he works with say he has an enviable deep knowledge of WPML, he is very dedicated and is always there to help with challenging questions. But what is the man behind the screen really like and what influenced his life? First, I asked him about his childhood and youth.
I remember that the first thing that I wanted to become was something that my parents were not at all happy about. Remember those big metal round bins and all the trash collectors had to carry them on their shoulders to the trans truck, but instead they rolled them along? I wanted to be a trash collector.
One day a rat showed in our yard and I killed it with a stick. Everybody praised me as a hero, but I felt bad for the little guy after I’d done it.
Being held by my father and mother and doing big jumps as we walked.
Bungee jumps, Skydiving, swimming and not sinking.
We first met George when he began working at OTGS in the autumn of 2014
I was a system administrator for a payment/credit card company. My fiancée, Silvina, told me OTGS had sent a bulletin about needing more people. As an owner of an agency creating sites with WordPress, she already had WPML.
Working in assembling electronics with big machines and programming the machine workflow. There is a chance if you drive a BMW or a Mercedes that you have an electronic circuit that I produced inside your car.
The WordPress community drew me to OTGS. Over the years we lost some nice people that I miss interacting with daily, but we gained others. OTGS is constantly changing and improving.
I am constantly learning new things and I feel good because of this. I think I am a better professional with PHP now.
I work with the Support and Development teams. I think we get along well. It is normal when people are overloaded that there may be some sparks, but I like to shift the focus from the problem to finding a solution and stepping in with the client view – as an advocate of his position – so that we find a better way of helping him.
I communicate via Mattermost (Slack replacement) and funny thing – I just had the power company come to change my power meter and I did not have power for over an hour. But I am equipped for that – I have backup UPS, laptop battery that holds 1+ hour and 3g/4g connection – so I did not had any interruptions.
The performance improvements in String Translation by Jakub Bis
Work smart :)
My proudest moment is when I receive a feedback from a client that he is happy with my assistance to him and that he managed to fix his problem.
I am one of the organizers for WordCamp Sofia this year. The previous year I was a speaker, and the year before that, I was a volunteer. I have very fond memories of this year’s WordCamp Europe in Paris where I attended a lot of talks with Jakub Bis and had a wonderful time.
So this is George’s professional side, but what else is he willing to reveal?
At our recent Company event in Croatia, we played that game where we had to get a towel from the other person. I am a bit slow, but Mohammed Khafaja was near me and I tried to grab his towel. However, instead of that, my hand found its way to his pocket and tore it out!
Be a dictator of a tropical island.
Being a developer -but I am trying at least :)
As it is obvious by this picture:
George, the person we see on our screens is more than a great professional. He has given us a glimpse of the sensitive, humorous and most importantly, the appreciative side of his personality. Have you had the opportunity to work with George yet?