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Meet... Mark Saul

24 February 2017

Mark is Ideal's newest Account Manager. Find out what he does, what he likes and what he's looking forward to.

Welcome to Ideal! What's your new job title?

Account Manager.

What will you be doing day to day?

Working to support and build relationships with current customers. At the same time creating new opportunities with new logos.

What attracted you to Ideal?

Mark_Saul.jpgI liked the vision - the company knows where it wants to go and it’s got ambition. Just as importantly the culture here is a good fit with me. I love Brighton, and I love working here and enjoying everything it has to offer.

What are you most looking forward to?

There is no one ‘thing’ - I have been presented with an excellent opportunity here at Ideal, and I am truly excited about it. I am a people person so I am looking forward to building new relationships with everyone in the team, as well as the customers and suppliers.

Tell us about your career in 100 words or less

Some might say I had a misspent youth! I spent much of my early career working for Neilson Holidays in jobs ranging from a pastry chef in the French mountains to a windsurf coach in Greece. I then found myself in Brighton heading up Lagoon Watersports. I spent five fantastic years there - highlights included developing the first cable wakeboard system on the South Coast. More recently I worked with IRIS Connect in Brighton and was part of a team that grew it from a small start up to a big player in UK education. After a short stint at training and learning provider QA, I am here.

What will be your biggest challenge(s)?

As with any part of the IT industry it will be learning the lingo and the business itself, but so far so good. I feel lucky to be part of a collaborative team that genuinely want to help each other out.

In five years, what do you hope to have achieved?

I want to have progressed to an account director as a minimum, and to have started working my way up to management levels.

What do you do outside work?

Lots of outdoor activities including surfing, paddleboarding, windsurfing, triathlon, mountain biking, wakeboarding, snowboarding and skiing.

Recommend a film, TV show or book

Book: Bounce, by Matthew Syed.

 

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