Welcome back to Meet the Team, where every month we introduce you to someone here at Telcion. This month we're talking to one of our newest team members, Mo Elmeligy.
Business Technology Consultant
Years at Telcion: 0.5
What are your main responsibilities at Telcion?
My main responsibilities are driving new client acquisition and maintaining and retaining our current client base and growing our client’s business. I do that by adding value to my clients with each interaction, communication, and touch points, and help them solve complex business problems with technology
How do you prefer to start your day at work?
For me, a good day starts with a good cup of coffee. So, this is the first thing I do every morning. I make my cup of coffee and then I organize my desk and workstation because normally every day by like 6 o’clock you’ll find sticky notes, pens, and papers everywhere.
So I like to put things together every morning before starting the day and then meet with the team, set the goals for the day, discuss our top priorities, and how we’re going to help our clients through the day, and then it’s started!
What energizes you at work?
I really value feedback and I think it’s the best way to know the direction that you’re going.
Either you’re doing a great job or there’s an area to improve or an area to learn… so I think feedback is what energizes me the most.
What led you to this career?
I started my career in sales back in 2012 directly after my graduation. I was selling commodities and production technologies until 2018.
Late 2017, we had a major security breach where most of the production data got stolen and erased and we faced a lot of losses during this period. I found out that no one had any idea on how to protect their IT environment against security breaches. That includes email protection and data centers. They didn’t have a disaster recovery solution or storage or backup or anything. It was a disaster that took more than 8 months to recover from.
I think that was the moment when I realized that this is the time where I focus my career on tech with a clear message to educate, sell, and protect.
What behavior or personality trait do you most attribute your success to, and why?
Commitment. I think always setting goals and being committed to them is the best way to success, in my opinion.
What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?
Well I strongly believe that there is no limit to what we can accomplish.
So what really makes a difference is the team. And I would say, being here at Telcion today, working with a company that really values the culture and teamwork and praises the team and celebrating small wins is something that I’m really proud of.
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
That I was born and raised in Egypt.
What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?
I think it was from my father. Actually, my father plays a very important role in me being in sales. Because in my opinion, he’s a very successful salesperson. I grew up seeing him doing sales and being successful in it all the time, so the best advice he told me when I started my sales career is, “Your success every day in sales depends on how much effort you’re going to put through the day.”
So I think this was the best professional advice that I got from him.
What’s your favorite way to unwind after a busy day?
Have a walk with my wife and kids. I have two boys—4 years old and 1 year old. We’re trying to keep it consistent every day after work, just go out for a walk to the park or just a bike ride.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A pilot. I really wanted to be a pilot but it just didn’t work at that time, so I was like, one day I might do it as a hobby.
What would we most likely find you doing on the weekend?
On my motorcycle, up the mountains. Motorcycle rides is something I picked up a year ago during quarantine. I’ve always wanted to have a motorcycle, but I just didn’t have the time or the skills to do it. So when COVID hit last year, I took a safety class, bought a motorcycle, and started doing it every Saturday until it became a habit now.
If you could only have three apps on your smartphone, which would you pick?
Of course the Cisco WebEx app, because this is how we’re communicating as a team in the company.
And YouTube, because I watch a lot of videos.
And… what else do I check daily… Robin Hood. It’s a stock market app.
What’s your favorite sport to watch and who do you root for?
I’ve not been keeping up with it very well lately, but my most favorite sport is the Formula 1. My favorite team is the AMG Petronas, and my favorite driver of all time is Michael Schumacher. I grew up watching his races, watching him transfer between teams and I feel like the peak of his career was from 1994 till 2004, it’s like from when I was a kid to a teenager.
What’s one hobby you’d love to get into?
Playing guitar. That’s one thing on my radar that I never had time to do. But this is something that I want to do in the next 2 years.
I’m a huge fan of Frank Sinatra and Cat Stevens and, you know, listening to their songs and the guitar parts of their songs makes me want to play it myself.
What’s your favorite place to eat around here?
I’m a breakfast person, so my favorite breakfast place is actually in San Francisco—Brenda’s French Soul Food. The food is amazing. Their beignets, Eggs Benedict, coffee… everything there is amazing.
What’s your favorite TV show—the one you’re always watching on repeat?
Friends. I’ve watched it like 12 times now and I will keep watching it.
Thank you, Mo!
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