Mark started his career in tech as a Telesales Executive making appointments for Account Managers, and from there, he soon worked his way up to Senior Account Director, engaging with clients to develop strategic IT roadmaps to underpin business visions and objectives. He’s worked in the IT industry for over 19 years, eight of which have been spent developing his career here at LIMA.
In this blog, Mark tells us a little more about life at LIMA and the journey he has taken to become our top-selling Account Director.
In the current climate, I’m working from home; we usually have a team huddle or brief catch-up in the morning to share ideas or any updates we have. I regularly speak with my line management and different members of the Senior Management team who are an incredibly supportive bunch, especially in these strange times! Then it’s carrying on with plenty of customer meetings and I set to work making sure I find time to work on strategic engagement with my key customer base.
LIMA is a great place to work as they are very inclusive in so many different ways. The business makes every effort to identify your key strengths and align you to different projects throughout the business in important areas such as new products and service development, brand projects etc. It means that you get to contribute and gain experience in areas of the business that you otherwise wouldn’t be involved in. We also work very closely with the Marketing team to develop campaigns that are valuable and engaging to our customers and prospects.
My favourite thing is LIMA’s culture, inclusivity and its family feel. It’s the type of company that has enough of a corporate outlook that allows us to be professional and take our work seriously but have fun at the same time. At LIMA you can create meaningful relationships with colleagues, management, customers and even the Board as we have direct access to them and the CEO.
Even in lockdown, management make such an effort to engage with each and every team member, reaching out with fun activities via the LIMA chat, videos, quizzes, virtual team drinks – we’ve even had a go at pizza making over lunch!
I’d have to say how I’ve developed professionally into a proven, successful Account Director over the past three to four years with the help and support of LIMA. The professional development I’ve gained at LIMA has allowed me to excel in terms of the numbers that I’ve delivered in the past couple of years, but it’s also encouraged me to step outside of my comfort zone and learn new skills.
I use exercise to clear my mind and help me focus. LIMA provides us with the freedom to manage our own time and be accountable for our own output, which gives me the freedom to fit work around my life. I have young children and so I always dedicate most of my weekend to family, although during the week I’ll often log on later in the evening once we’ve got the kids to bed and I have some quiet time to keep on top of my workload. There’s a great social side to LIMA which also encourages us to ensure we make time for our personal lives outside of work.
My favourite quote? “One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor”.
I’ve always believed that you are responsible for setting your own goals and targets and you should never think that you can’t do something. If you work hard and apply yourself, you can do anything!
My biggest piece of advice would be to work hard, always be open to learning new things and strive to improve every day. Do something you love that makes it easy to get out of bed and go to work each day! Push yourself outside of your comfort zone, that’s the only way to truly improve.
This is a difficult one! But I’d have to say…