How did your career in the lubricants industry begin?
At school, I did technical studies, which fed into my interest in anything that had a motor. In my twenties, I had the opportunity to work in the automotive sector for a Belgian brand of technical products, an opportunity that I seized. While there I became involved in the world of lubricants.
Later, I worked for UNIL Lubricants, which dealt solely with lubricants and metalworking fluids. I held this role for six years before joining ROCOL. In all, I have worked in the technical sales of lubricants for more than 15 years.
How long have you worked at ROCOL and what attracted you to the company?
I joined ROCOL in July 2021, so I’m still relatively new. The professionalism and how well known attracted me to the company, but I also liked the people I spoke to during the interview process. They turned out to be my future colleagues, which has been great.
I have always been ambitious, so when I saw the opportunity to look after the Benelux region, I knew I had to take it.
What are your favourite parts of your role?
I enjoy the travel aspect of my role as that brings me into contact with customers. It’s a great feeling knowing that I can do something that can help their business.
The variety of the role is fantastic. I’m always thinking about opportunities and ways in which I can develop sales programs etc.
Often I feel that the days are too short, but sitting still is not in my nature.
How do you spend your time outside work?
My eldest son and I like to go out with metal detectors. We refer to ourselves as hobby archaeologists as we do a lot of research beforehand and afterwards into what we have found. We’ve learnt a lot from doing this and it’s a great way to spend time together.
Both my sons play football and I enjoy cheering them on every week. My daughter started horse riding, so I visit the riding school with her every week and have learned how to saddle a horse and keep a horse under control.
My wife and I both enjoy travelling and like to get away when we can. My time is also taken up carrying out maintenance on our house. I’m reluctant about doing DIY, but it is essential.
Share one fact that your colleagues wouldn’t know about you.
My wife and I have adopted two children from Ethiopia. It’s a beautiful country that has my heart. I have been there several times to both pick up the children and to support the non-profit organisation we have set up to help give the street children of Ethiopia a good future.