He could easily be called, “The Man Who Has Lived Everywhere,” Account Manager Alexis Sanchez holds down the fort at Genumark’s Satellite Office in Ottawa. Alexis is constantly moving around Ottawa, taking care of the needs of his clients. He is always learning what’s new and hot from our vendors in order to better serve the region of Ottawa.
We got him to sit in one place long enough to have a chat and learn a little more about him.
ALEXIS, WHAT DO YOU DO ALL DAY?
Most of the time I am researching ideas and products for clients. This takes up about half of my day. The other half I visit clients, present them the products I have found for them and basically catch up with them and find out what their requirements are.
DO YOU HAVE ANY NICKNAMES?
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH GENUMARK?
WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE THE PROMO INDUSTRY?
I sold trophies and awards. Basically, while I was in university I wanted some part time work. I ended up finding a company that sold custom trophies and awards and I was able to fill a role that their were looking for in international sales. My degree was in international business so it fit the role well.
COOLEST PROMOTION PRODUCT YOU HAVE WORKED ON AT GENUMARK?
Would have to be the railway safety program we are doing for Operation Lifesaver. We are in the midst right now of creating branded ponchos for homeless people. It is a major concern, especially in western Canada, where homeless people are hanging around rail tracks while cars are coming through. These ponchos have information on them about railway safety as well as helping make wearers more visible to train conductors.
DREAM JOB AS A KID? WHAT WAS YOUR YOUR FIRST JOB?
Dream job would have been to be a baseball player for the Detroit Tigers. First job was bagging groceries in Toronto.
WHAT WOULD YOU NAME THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF YOUR LIFE?
Living the Dream
IF YOU COULD LEARN ANYTHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I would learn another language. Probably some form of Chinese.
DEAD OF ALIVE, DREAM DINNER GUEST?
The Apostle Paul.
WHAT CHORE DO YOU HATE DOING?
INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF GENUMARK?
I love to read and be out and about with the family (my wife and four kids). I also enjoy hiking.
FAVOURITE FOOD & ADULT DRINK?
Chinese food and any type of rum.
THREE WORDS TO DEFINE YOU?
Self-motivated. Dedicated. Persevering.
IF YOU COULD RELATE TO ANY FICTIONAL CHARACTER, WHO WOULD YOU BE?
Maximus from Gladiator
HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?
Putting a smile on someone’s face and seeing true satisfaction, especially when exceeding their expectations.
Android all the way!
WHAT ARE OTHER PLACES YOU HAVE LIVED IN?
I was born in Venezuela. Then I lived in Montreal for a bit. Toronto for a bit. Simcoe, Ontario. Also, Calgary, Alberta and Penticton, BC. Mexico City too and of course, Ottawa.
THREE HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR LIFE?
Getting married early. Having kids early. Seeing them grow up.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU WEREN’T DOING THIS?
I would run for office.
PINEAPPLE ON PIZZA; DOES IT BELONG?
Never man! Jalapeños though, yes!
SINCE LIVING IN OTTAWA, HAVE YOU RUN INTO ANY POLITICIANS?
I have; Stockwell Day, Stephen Harper, Jean Chretien, and a few others.
FAVOURITE HISTORIC BUILDING/CULTURAL CENTRE IN OTTAWA?
Definitely Parliament Hill. I’ve done the tour 6 times. The National Library in particular.
WHAT IS THE BEST DISH YOU CAN MAKE?
I can make anything!
WORDS OF ADVICE TO OTHERS?