September 2016, London
Each month we hold an informal Q+A with one of our associates. This month we caught up with Samuel R, Sales & Business Development Executive at Triangular World
You can view Samuel’s full associate profile here.
Where are you from originally?
My family are originally from London, but I was born in Ascot. My childhood was divided between Berkshire, Hampshire and West Sussex.
What was your first ever job?
My first job was working as a sales assistant at Lillywhites – a passion for all things sporting from a young age!
What made you choose to Study at the University of London?
No particular reason – I attended an open day at Royal Holloway and liked it immediately.
What made you decide to work in Sales?
I have always enjoyed dealing with people and saw a role in sales as a good way to gain valuable business experience.
What is your source of motivation at work?
My chief motivation at work is to draw satisfaction from what I do – this normally comes from delivering a service of the highest quality to my clients.
What first sparked your interest in Shared Services and Business Process Outsourcing?
A role in management consulting was something I had considered in past, but never put into action. The prospect of combining my past experience in corporate sales with the world of shared services was one that appealed.
You used to work at Sotheby’s, can you tell us a little about your interest in art?
I visited the Art Institute of Chicago when I was about seven and saw a Monet exhibition. It sparked an interest that remains to this day. My aunt, uncle and two cousins are all artists – their home was crammed full of books that I passed hours leafing through. Having spent a few years working in the business of art, I am now happier to keep it as a hobby.
Do you have a favourite quote?
“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had” ~ F.Scott Fitzgerald
You are a self-confessed Francophile, what was it about France that first drew you to it?
Growing up, I spent a good deal of each summer in France . I was pretty well immersed in the culture from a young age so grew naturally fond of it.
If you were to settle in France, where would you like to live?
Roquebrune Cap Martin.
On your associate profile it says that you like to read, what are you reading at the moment?
I’m currently reading The Sportswriter by Richard Ford
Do you still actively play cricket with a team? if so what’s your position?
I play for a team in Kent called Brasted Chart & Toys Hill Cricket Club. I’d love to say that I’m a batsman, but I’m not sure the figures on the score sheet would agree!