STAFF PROFILE – MEET THE TEAM #7
Written by Olivia Di Falco
COMPANY ROLE: Senior Sales Business Development
Contatore Engineering is pleased to welcome our newest team member, Hendrik, to the role of Senior Sales and Business Development. Hendrik is tasked with expanding our business and we are excited to see him apply his industry experience to foster new relationships and grow our client base.
Hendrik is a Rugby Union fan, supporting local team Western Force. When he’s not working, or baking delicious pastries and artisan breads, you can find him playing with his pets; a rescue cat, Staccato and dog, a Rough Collie called Satara. We are eager to see what Hendrik will accomplish with Contatore Engineering; with varied and extensive experience behind him, do not hesitate to reach out and contact him in his new role.
What led you to this career, and what do you bring to the Team at Contatore Engineering?
I started off studying Building and Construction Management and realised very soon in my career that I was looking for ‘the perfect mix’ of spending time both in an office and onsite. Since then, I have spent the past 25 years in various manufacturing facilities across building and construction, experiencing all areas of business.
Through this time I have been able to shape my skills across various departments in manufacturing, introducing processes, streamlining production and increasing revenue by actively seeing customers and meeting new prospects.
I hope to be both a part of and major contributor to the next exciting phase at Contatore Engineering.
What attracted you to Contatore Engineering?
My experience in working for a family owned business was the biggest motivator in joining Contatore Engineering. Product Quality and creating a positive customer experience are traits I have observed in a family owned business and this is already evident in my short time at Contatore Engineering.
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute your success to, and why?
I am an approachable person who enjoys meeting new people with similar views on life and business. My friends would describe me as loyal, serious, and outgoing.
Can you speak more than one language?
Yes. I speak Afrikaans (Home language), English, and IsiXhosa (this is the clicking sound) fluently. I can read and understand German and Dutch.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family, going to the beach, camping and unwinding at a sundowner with my wife at the end of the day.
Where’s your favorite place in the world?
Cape Town, South Africa.
What was your first paying job?
Working in my teacher’s garden on weekends (more for extra credit than the money).
What kind of music do you like?
Alternative, Jazz (weather driven).