Rick started as an Inside Channel Manager, on Veeam’s Federal team. Then based on feedback from career mentors, he made the choice to take the first of two lateral moves as a Veeamer. “I could have stayed in Federal and moved into a vertically bigger position, but I moved to the Cloud team, to grow in a more specific manner. I knew Cloud was going to be big for Veeam and I figured taking that sidestep would enable me to move faster, build a team under me, and lead.”
Which is exactly what happened. Rick built a 15-strong Inside Cloud Sales team. With this came a need to grow his knowledge of the Channel and learn more from Veeam’s partner organizations. “Some people asked me why I was going from Director of Inside Sales to essentially a Field Channel Manager. But I had not worked in field channel. And I knew the leadership in place would help me to succeed. Developing here meant that if a field leader role came up, I would have 80% of the necessary skills. You have to see your career as navigating traffic — you can join the fast lane or stay where you’re happy with the speed.”
Throughout his career at Veeam, Rick has lived by the Veeam values. He has always been one to consider his colleagues. “As a leader, I value the people I work with. I am so thankful for my team, and I love seeing them flourish! There’s a human element in this job, whether you are dealing with an end customer, channel partner, or a colleague — you have to help them manage their role and their personal development. The nice thing about working for a place like Veeam, which is a true disruptor, is that we all have opportunities to soak up the knowledge of the top leaders.”
The nice thing about working for a place like Veeam, which is a true disruptor, is that we all have opportunities to soak up the knowledge of the top leaders.