People of PressPage: David Thomasse
A dedicated Sales Professional with a passion for cooking
Our Account Executive David has extensive Sales experience in the technology industry, but there is much more to know about this dedicated sales professional. With a passion for cooking and photography, he is not a typical ‘sales guy’. Learn more about the newest member of our Sales team.
Could you describe briefly what your role is within PressPage?
As an Account Executive I am part of the Sales team, where I am responsible for growing our customer base. PressPage is already working with a great number of global brands– I try to help in expanding that list and growing the company. Although I have only been working here for a couple of months (I started in end November), I see that we are really growing fast and scaling up the company. I feel proud to be part of this company.
I have always worked as an account manager, but my educational background is a bit different. When I was 18 and finished High School, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. However a group of friends of mine were really into music and we really wanted to be famous, so I joined them to study International Music Management. I only spent a short amount of time there, but my grades were good so I had enough time to really enjoy life. I did learn a lot about project management during that period, which still helps me in my daily tasks. After I finished there, I realized that it was the time to get serious about my career. From my early childhood I was always interested in technology and computers, and a recruiter suggested that I should talk with Dell. And that was the starting point of my six years at Dell.
Being a good salesman is dependent on a lot of things. What I noticed was that I really like technology and how it can empower people in their daily life and work. I have always had a very broad curiosity and a drive to help people. Now I can do this for a living by consulting clients on how they can use technology to do their work smarter and more efficiently.
Three things you didn’t know about David
One of things I really like doing in my spare time is cooking. For two years I am following a cooking class with the “Librije”, a fine dining restaurant that has been awarded three Michelin stars. Everytime we try to master a different cooking technique, for example we have had an evening on fermentation. But my favorite one so far was time when we learned more about game. The hunter who works for the Librije told us everything about which animals he shoots for the Librije. He also taught us more about keeping the animal population in control by hunting and how to prepare the animals for cooking. I learned how to fillet and debone the animals.
Next to cooking, one of my other hobbies is photography which is a combined hobby with my girlfriend. We have done several workshops during trips, which enabled us to take pictures in places you wouldn’t normally visit. For example, during one trip we had to get out of bed at 3 AM so that we could shoot pictures at a night market in Vietnam. Pretty cool! I must say that although cooking and photography are my biggest hobbies, I like a lot of things. So I tend to start something new like squash and once I master it to a decent level, I start with something new. I have done judo, krav maga, built websites, recorded music, played tennis and much more. I have a broad interest which leads to trying out something new every time.
When I was younger, I never really wanted to travel. However that really changed somehow, when my previous relationship ended. I had in my mind that I wanted to go to Latin America, not only because everyone else wanted to go to Asia, but also because I like the culture of that part of the world more. Unfortunately I only had 3 weeks, which meant that the bigger countries such as Argentina and Brazil were off-limits. Peru was a country which was really suitable for 3 weeks. It led me to see almost everything: the cities, the jungle. Eventually I did travel for 5 months to Asia and New Zealand with my girlfriend, just before I started at PressPage.
The secret dream of David
Cooking is really a passion of mine, and eventually I would love to have a deli store of my own, where I would be able to make all sorts of things. Think about fresh pastas, cheese, sausages, hors d'oeuvres and much more. My own store with all sort of delights and delicatesses.
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