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Beyond the Desk: Prescott Dapila

Meet Prescott. Like Janet from our previous Beyond the Desk interview, he’s one of PageFreezer's Sales Development Representatives (SDRs) who works with the sales team. We asked him some questions about his time at PageFreezer, and learned what he loves to do when he’s not in the office.

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What is the one thing that you cannot live without?

Without a close second, football—or as it’s called in North America, soccer—is the activity that I couldn’t live without. To me, as it is to millions of others around the world, it borders on religion. On weekends, I can either be found in the gym training to improve my fitness and skills or on the field experiencing freedom in its truest form. Athletics of any sort has always been a deep passion for me, but football, in particular, is something that gives me a deep sense of satisfaction and joy. In the time that I’ve been in Vancouver, I have participated in almost every open tournament available. And I am proud to say that, with varying degrees of success, I have taken on the best-of-the-best in terms of Lower Mainland talent.

If you could visit any place in the world you’ve never been to, where would you go?  

I’d love to visit Barcelona and Madrid. The weather draws millions of people from around the world, the food is to die for and… but who am I kidding? I’d really be going for the football! The talent and footballing passion on the streets of those cities are unrivaled.

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Any valuable business or life lessons you’ve learned while working at PageFreezer?

I have learned a lot in the time I’ve worked for PageFreezer, but more than anything else, I’ve grown to appreciate the value of patience. Whether it’s waiting to see all your daily hard work pay off, or something as simple as queueing up for our weekly office lunch, I’ve learned that great things come to those who are willing to wait. The projects I’ve been involved in at PageFreezer have been tremendously fun and satisfying, but they have required patience and persistence. If you want to succeed in anything, you have to be willing to take the time needed to develop the necessary skills.

What long-term goals do you have for your career?

I hope to one day work as an analyst in the financial services space. I am currently working towards attaining the CFA designation, and if all goes well, I see myself working in portfolio or risk management in a few years. Later in life, my goal is to help establish a large network of football academies around Africa that will provide talented but underprivileged kids with an opportunity to showcase their skills on a global stage.

What makes you laugh?

In a word, everything. It doesn’t take a lot to make me laugh; I find just about everything funny. Generally, I’d say that’s a good thing, although it does tend to make the people around me think that they’re a lot funnier than they actually are. I wouldn’t recommend considering a career in stand-up comedy based on my reaction to one of your jokes!

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What does your ‘perfect’ day look like?

My perfect day would consist of waking up early, preparing for a football match against stiff competition, playing the game in front of a sold-out stadium in the afternoon, and walking away with the win. I’d follow this with a couple of relaxing hours by the pool and an amazing dinner with a loved one. Then I’d want to fall asleep knowing I’ll be doing the exact same thing the next day.  

What professional skill has your role at PageFreezer helped you to develop?

PageFreezer has been instrumental in helping me develop my communication skills. Coming into my current role, I already had a year of customer service under my belt—so I was not completely new to the world of sales development and outreach—but it soon became clear that there was much room for growth in this area. I still find myself learning new lessons about effective communication and persuasion on a daily basis.

George van Rooyen
George van Rooyen
George van Rooyen is a Content Marketing Specialist at Pagefreezer.

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