Meet the team: Dan Bieny

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Stepping into the ring next we have Dan Bieny who joined the team just last year. When he’s not in meetings with our distribution partners you can find him living in the sticks adding to his unique bottle collection. Find out more about the channel veteran below.

Next week we will hear from one of the longest standing members of the team, any guesses? There’s a bottle of something in it for the first to get it right.

 

Tell us a little bit about your role at D-Link and what your day to day responsibilities look like?

I’m the Business Channel & Distribution Manager for UKI. It’s a big role and has two key functions to it. The first is strategizing and leading the B2B sales function to work with our existing and potential new VIP+ partners. The other half of the job is working with our distributors to deliver sustainable growth. It’s an exciting role which gives me a full 360 degree view of the business.

 

What is your proudest – none work/academic related- achievement?

CRN fight night without a doubt. Anyone who knows me, knows there isn’t an athletic bone in my body, nor one which would needlessly put itself in harm’s way. An experience I’ll remember forever. If you fancy a full blown laughing fit then the video is still on YouTube.

 

If you were a chocolate bar which one would you be and why?

Celebration selection box. As they say, variety is the spice of life. Why not go from a Mars to and Malteser. It’s also worth reminding ourselves that now and again, life does serve you a Bounty and you just have to get on with it. Just for the record, I will also eat the Bounty.

 

If you could create a new technological device that could do anything what would it be and why?
An invention to regrow thinning hairlines. I would be the first customer, however I also know there are an awful lot of customers out there.

 

What would be the soundtrack to your life?

My music taste is appalling. A blame my parents. All I can remember is listening to as a child was Simply Red, Wet Wet Wet, Alanis Morissette and Celine Dion. There is just no way I could pin one soundtrack to my life.

 

If you had to trade places/ positions with someone in the office for a day who would it be and why? 

Dhara Kothari, D-Link’s UK & Ireland Marketing Manager. I’ve got a very creative streak and I would like to have the time to exercise it with colouring pencils, crayons and maybe work my way up (dream big) to a glitter pen. Haha! Only joking Dhara. I’m going to pay for that…

 

Where is your favourite place in the world to visit?

I’m a firm believer that it’s a big wide world and I shouldn’t go back to the same place until I’ve seem more of it. My favourite so far was Thailand. It’s where I proposed to my fiancé, we had the most amazing 2 weeks of our life.

 

Do you have any hobbies?

Does making the most of the weekend count? Long walks in the countryside with a good pint of bitter and pub grub on route. After a busy week it’s nice to do something at a slower pace with no real objective.

 

If you could go back and give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be? 

Buy a new build house. The romantic notion of buying an old a decrepit Victorian property and doing it up is not fun!

 

Tell us an interesting fact/ joke/ your favourite quote/poem

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. —Michael Jordan

Meet the team: Mark Carty

Week 5 of our Meet the team series focus’ on one of the guys you might already know a little bit about. Mark has been with D-Link for nearly 3 years and spends the majority of his time in house since taking ownership of the internal sales team. We do let him out sometimes if he is well behaved.

Tell us a little bit about your role at D-Link and what your day to day responsibilities look like?

I am the Business Solutions Team Leader which means I look after some of our silver and gold partners and I also get to manage the internal account manager team in D-Link UK HQ. I help drive them by bribing them with lots of tea and biscuits.

 

What is your proudest – none work/academic related- achievement?

My proudest moment, hmmm… being able to tie my shoelaces with one hand! It took months of practice.

 

If you were a chocolate bar which one would you be and why?

Such a difficult choice, there are sooooooo many options and variety. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, that’s the same as choosing between my left or right arm on which to get chopped off.

If I have to choose I’d say Ferrero Roche coupled with a cup of tea is the best/naughtiest indulgence.

 

If you could create a new technological device that could do anything what would it be and why?

The Star Trek – Matter transporter. Think of the many thousands of lives you would improve if we didn’t have to sit on the M25 stuck in Friday evening traffic. Let’s help the endless stream of bored Brits.

 

What would be the soundtrack to your life?

The soundtrack to my life, disclaimer: I blame my Dad for my music taste. From a young age I was listening to a lot of roots reggae artists like John Holt, Dennis Brown, Horace Andy to name a few. Then you have classics like Nat King Cole – Incredible. I love that song. Finally, Motown – The Temptations, 3 Degrees, Aretha Franklin. I could go on forever.

I do like the new stuff too, these young ones listen to! Apart from Justin Bieber…. No Bieber!

 

If you had to trade places/ positions with someone in the office for a day who would it be and why? 

I’d want to swap with Olly Coleman. He says he always busy so I’d like to see it for myself.

 

Where is your favourite place in the world to visit?

The Caribbean, golden beaches and more sunshine in a day than Britain gets in a year. Not forgetting the food: plantain, curried goat, rice and peas and RUM, dark spice RUM. Enough said.

 

Do you have any hobbies?

Airsoft – for those of you who aren’t familiar, it consists of running around the British countryside, dressed in military gear playing a sophisticated game of hide and seek. Its great fun, hard work but you also meet some interesting people. Until they shoot at you.

 

If you could go back and give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be?

Mark – Leicester City will win the premiership in the year 2016 – Copy Biff in Back to the Future II and make your own Biff Co… Not that I condone gambling.

 

Tell us an interesting fact/ joke/ your favourite quote/poem

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts – Winston Churchill

Meet the team: Andy Woolhead

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Introducing one of our newest members: Andy Woolhead who has made a huge impression in just a short period here at D-Link. Find out his favourite chocolate bar, hobbies and interests below.

We are already on week 4 of our series, who has been your favourite so far? Check back next week for another D-Link introduction.

Tell us a little bit about your role at D-Link and what your day to day responsibilities look like?

My role as Business Development Manager means I’m on the road 4/5 days a week. My duties are varied ranging from CEO level business planning to customer visits incorporating our pre-sales teams. Whether on the phone or on the road you’ll always find me driving our business solutions story to our eager channel partners. It is a very fast paced role which I enjoy and am looking forward to continued success throughout 2018.
What is your proudest – none work/academic related achievement?

Marrying my best friend and biggest advocate; Louise and taking the responsibility of organising the day. It was truly unforgettable and must have gone down well as I’m still married!

If you were a chocolate bar which one would you be and why?

A Yorkie because I’m very much a “man’s man” and what you see is what you get.

If you could create a new technological device that could do anything what would it be and why?

Teleportation device so that I could visit some of my favourite far-away places. I am a terrible flyer and the ability to save that amount time and hassle would be phenomenal.

What would be the soundtrack to your life?

“It’s my life” by Bon Jovi, the title says it all.

If you had to trade places/ positions with someone in the office for a day who would it be and why?

Paul Routledge UK&I Country Manager. Paul’s role is a 360 degree view of the organisation and no day the same with plenty of challenges.

Where is your favourite place in the world to visit?

Has to be the Caribbean for the warm water and abundance of sunshine. Every Island harbours something different and I simply couldn’t choose just one.
Do you have any hobbies?

I’m a lazy sportsman so I very much enjoy static sports, my favourites being English pool and clay pigeon shooting. I’m also a season ticket holder at Luton Town FC but the less said about that, the better.
If you could go back and give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be?

Don’t panic about not seeing results immediately. Persistence and consistency are far greater traits than we give credit to. Life isn’t a race but an opportunity to learn and most importantly enjoy.

Tell us an interesting fact/ joke/ your favourite quote/poem:

If at first you don’t succeed; call it version 1.0.

Meet the team: Gigi Salmoiraghi

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We recently caught up with Gigi, our Sales & Marketing Director who oversees a number of different countries in Southern Europe. He talks about the importance of self discipline, listening and how he keeps the balance of work and play.

Tell us a little bit about your role at D-Link and what your day to day responsibilities look like?

I co-ordinate in a number countries in Southern Europe with the addition of UK & Ireland. This involves travelling a lot, understanding lots of different channels and working with an abundance of people. I spend a lot of time ensuring that Marketing guidelines are implemented at a local level, whilst finding a compromise between all these different lifestyles to push a consistent company-wide message and allow room for localisation to maximise success. One size fits all very rarely works in my job, it is about listening to what each individual business unit needs and prioritising the next steps.

What is your proudest – none work/academic related- achievement?

Considering that when I was younger I hated running, I have been able to train myself to run a marathon and, more recently, a half Iron Man. This required a lot of self-discipline to be able to find the time in-between an extremely busy family, work and other commitments so I am proud to of achieved this.

If you were a chocolate bar which one would you be and why?

Dark chocolate – the reason being, when you first eat dark chocolate you probably won’t like it because you’re used to all the sweetness of milk and sugar that is usually surrounding it. However, dark chocolate is chocolate in its purest form, it is what it is, like it or not!

If you could create a new technological device that could do anything what would it be and why?

I would create a time machine because I think our lives have become very hectic. We tend to miss important moments not realising how precious they are at first, but I would like to be able to go back and relive those. Maybe, in the form of an app where you get to re-live one moment a month.

What would be the soundtrack to your life?

Bruce Springsteen! I grew up listening to him and I remember going to his first concert in Milan in 1985 at the San Siro stadium. My parents didn’t want me to go because I was so young but I had been listening him for so long on my cassette, they couldn’t say no. His music also helped me when I was learning the English language, he has a very story-telling style to his lyrics which made me have a greater understanding.

If you had to trade places/ positions with someone in the office for a day who would it be and why? 

I would love to be a pre-sales engineer for the day because I got my master’s degree in telecommunications engineering. I left a lot of those technical aspects behind when I stepped into Sales and Marketing, but it is always something I have been passionate about.

Where is your favourite place in the world to visit?

To visit it would be the Maldives, without a doubt the most beautiful place I have visited. It’s the perfect retreat.

However, my favourite place to be is at home. I spend a lot of my life traveling in and out of hotels, so normality is very rare for me.

Do you have any hobbies?

Yes, as I mentioned before I run a lot, it keeps me fit and calm. Also, a recent hobby I’ve taken up, thanks to my brother in law, is piano lessons. It’s always something I’ve wanted to do and it complements the physicality of running with a more mentally challenging way to spend time.

If you could go back and give your younger self one piece of advice what would it be?

Try to listen to everyone and put yourself in their shoes. Listening is important but understanding is even more so. Stay curious, stay hungry and never give up. I believe that behind every evolution; there is curiosity.

Tell us an interesting fact/ joke/ your favourite quote/poem

It’s a town full of losers and I’m pulling out of here to win [Thunder Road – 1975]