Following on from our latest blog in our Meet the Team series, where we got to know Cameron Laing, one of our Help Desk Administrators, we now provide an insight into Area Sales Director, John Campbell.
What was your first job?
I first started work as a trainee coffee blender at Aimer’s Coffee Merchants in Dundee.
Tell us about your career history
I joined Capital in February 1989 in the Galashiels branch carrying out machine installations, and with the growth of the company I quickly progressed to trainee engineer. During my time as an engineer I found I always did well selling consumables which led to management persuading me in 1995 to take a position within the Sales department.
In 2000 I progressed to being the Sales Manager in Galashiels, and eventually took over the management of the Edinburgh 3 team. It was then announced in 2007 that I was promoted to Associate Director, and in 2013 to Area Sales Director.
How you got your current role?
Through hard work and determination, and also being flexible to change as the company has evolved.
What are the best bits of your job?
Working with a variety of like-minded professionals with a common goal.
And the worst bits?
Discovering businesses that have not been given the best advice who have not dealt with us previously, and they are locked into agreements.
What’s the best advice you have been given?
Don’t leave your retirement to chance, but plan for it.
And your advice to others?
Be open to new ideas.
What do you see as your job’s biggest challenge?
Getting other people to see things as I do!
Where do you stand on your work / life balance?
Work hard / play hard.
Who living or dead would you invite to a fantasy dinner party?
Elvis or Jennifer Aniston!