As we grow, diversity becomes an indispensable part of our culture. This is why we value and take great pride in recruiting talent from various backgrounds and cultures. In this article, you’ll get to know some of our wonderful new colleagues – through fun questions! They have different roles and come from different countries and backgrounds, but they have made our company more diverse, interesting and successful by bringing their unique qualities and perspectives to our business.
Benoit Launay, Solutions Engineer
My name is Benoit. I am 33 years old. I’m from Paris, but 10 years ago I moved to Brussels with my wife and two daughters.
I mostly worked in the IT infrastructure, but today I want to help people understand and use the tools that they will use daily in a simple way. That’s why I seized this opportunity at Resello/Pax8.
I currently don’t have any free time, but I like gardening, cooking, staying outside and traveling far away.
What is your spirit animal, and why?
Panda bears. They do nothing, and people love them.
What is the superpower you would like to have, and why?
Ugh, a tough question! Breathing underwater – I love swimming, and I often dream about walking under the sea and get that nice feeling of breathing there.
If you had to use only one word in your native language for the rest of your life, what word would you choose?
Magnifique, which means magnificent in French. You can use it in all kinds of situations, for instance, when your pizza arrives or when you don’t have to work.
Monique Dijkstra, Sales Trainer and Coach
I am Monique Dijkstra. I live near Zwolle, the city where our office is located. I am 45 years old. I live with my husband, and we have two sons. In my professional life, I worked in commercial functions for almost 30 years as an account manager, a sales manager and had different other roles at a Dutch telecommunications company. I was also an independent trainer and coach, and a commercial consultant for 14 years in a row. Later I took over interim roles in commercial senior leadership functions, and this year, I joined Resello/Pax8 in March as a sales trainer and coach.
I like walking and try to walk actually three times a day for 20 minutes – it keeps me in shape. Other than that, I am a part of a local theater group as an amateur actress. And also, I like visual arts, such as drawing and painting. I enjoy the joy of painting!
If a movie was made about your life, what genre would it be, and who would play you?
Comedy since it is a double-faced experience. The best comedians actually have a very dramatic life. In our local theater group, we also play comedy roles, and I always try to touch on those profound levels. As to the actress, I think Meryl Streep would play me because she can show her versatility in both drama and comedy.
What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Goat brain! It was definitely very strange. I ate it in Mons (Bergen in Dutch), a small city in Wallonia, Belgium, where I worked as an au pair for a year when I was 17. It has a jelly-like texture and tastes like chicken.
Is there anything funny you do when you are alone?
I like dancing in my living room. So, I put on some music from the 80s and pretend as if I were on stage. I think I am very good at dancing, but I am not at all. And I only do that when nobody is at home.
Kristoffer Odland, Cloud Generation Specialist
I am Kristoffer. I’m 31 years old, and I’m from Norway. I speak Norwegian, Swedish and Danish, unfortunately, no Finnish. I’ve been living in the Netherlands for two years.
I worked both in the medical and shipping industry, but now I am in the IT field, where I actually prefer to be.
Now that most of the countries are open again, I’m going to travel at least three or four times every three months. So, that’s also one of the reasons why I took on this job because we have a possibility to work wherever we want.
What would the title of your autobiography be?
Live, love, laugh.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
When I was in Brazil, my flight to Norway could be canceled, and I had an option to get a refund. I decided to go for it and stay in Brazil for an extra two weeks just because there was a line for one hour.
What can you talk about for hours on end?
I could probably talk for hours on end about gaming, especially about League of Legends. It’s been my life for so many years that if someone wants to discuss it, I could sit down and have a conversation for about 12 hours or even more.