Tom recently joined Gekko as a business development manager. This is his first foray into sales after following a more traditional academic route as a classical musician. We caught up with Tom to learn a little more about our musical colleague.
Having decided on a career outside of music, Tom looked for several opportunities, appreciating that he would face a steep learning curve in a new field:
“I have always been a confident individual and eager to solve others’ problems. I started out in a youth programme before I realised money was also a key factor for myself. Sales became my avenue of choice and I was keen to learn about technology. Gekko seemed like the ideal fit for myself.”
He adds: “I love working with new people on a daily basis. I’m also eager to hear their problems so I can figure out the best solution – it’s like sudoku but real life!
You’ve now been with us for several months, what do you think makes Gekko different?
We’re all about understanding a client’s business and its people; we leave all the tech stuff till the end. To quote our tagline, ‘We make complex simple’, but what makes us really different is the people working for us. I think we have a down-to-earth, enjoyable yet hard working environment in the office which is unusual these days – there’s a great rapport amongst the staff.
What’s the best business book you have read?
‘TA Today: A New Introduction to Transactional Analysis’ by Ian Stewart – It discusses communication styles and how to come about the best communication in the business world.
What do you for fun outside of work?
I’m a competitive athletic guy, so when I’m not helping clients, you’ll find me on a lacrosse pitch or in the gym – Tom stands at well over 6ft 7inches…
List your top 5 pieces of tech kit (or analogue!)
I’m a bit Apple mad so:
- iPod (the original)
- The lightbulb (still the same thing as it was when it was created)
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