Tell us about your job role at Gorilla
As Head of Business Development, it’s my job to manage the company’s sales strategy and achieve growth targets. I’m the first point of contact for new clients, including international corporate accounts to local SME’s and I manage the relationship from the begging to the end of the sales cycle. I assist with translating complicated technical information into more manageable comprehendible language that business owners are able to digest. I then continue the relationship by maintaining regular contact and ensuring we deliver a high standard of service.
How did you get into the industry?
I got into sales straight from school, a friend got me an interview with his older brother in a brokerage firm and I got the job. I worked my way up from a ticket runner to junior broker and that is where I first got introduced to sales.
What’s your favourite part of your job?
I love the feeling of contributing to the company’s growth and hearing from the SEO guys about how happy our clients are and seeing the results we pull in for them.
What do you like to do outside of work?
When I’m not ferrying my two teenagers about like a taxi service, I enjoy chilling out, going to the gym, I do martial arts twice a week, I enjoy taking my lovely wife out for meals, and meeting up with friends. Watching football and having a good drink at the weekend.
Tell us the most interesting fact you know
It’s common knowledge that when you have a hangover your body gets dehydrated and your brain shrinks, an interesting fact is that there is a membrane that attaches the brain to the skull and as the brain shrinks that membrane tugs against the inside of the skull which contributes to your terrible headache, lovely!
What’s your favourite film / TV show?
I really like the movie Pappilon (original 1973 Steve McQueen). I think it’s a great representation of the endurance of the human spirit and our desire to never give up in the face of terrible adversity.
What are your favourite tunes?
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I’d love to go to Japan, I’ve visited several places in Asia but this is next on my list. I find the culture interesting and different from ours. I’ve read a lot about ancient Japanese Samurai culture and a lot of that past has been carried into modern day Japan. A few days in futuristic Tokyo followed by a trip to Okinawa.
What’s on the menu for your last meal on death row?
I’ve been to loads of fancy restaurants and tried lots of exciting cuisines but my last meal would be steak, egg, and chips. It reminds me of Friday nights around my late Grandad Joe’s house as a kid, he would make me steak, egg and chips, and Ice cream soda floats.