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Progress people bring diverse experiences to the table and make Progress a special place to work. In this post, meet Raphael Bonhomme, an inside account executive.
Raphael or Raphy, as his colleagues call him, is all about exploring new places, cultures, ideas and points of view. He’s always up for an outdoor adventure, a conversation about geopolitics and a good challenge, especially if it means learning new things along the way. In his spare time, besides travelling, you’ll find him practicing various circus arts. Originally from France, he is currently based in our Sofia, Bulgaria, office. Learn some more about him here:
Thank you. It has been a very exciting and peculiar year given the pandemic and times we are living in. I have learned that patience is a virtue, and you should not give up. Pursue your objectives, and when you have given and done everything that depends on you, then eventually things will have the desired outcome.
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I really enjoyed the sales kickoff we had last year right after I joined the company. It gave me the opportunity to integrate, settle and grasp on the business-side quickly and meet, in a friendly atmosphere, most of the people that I am currently working with on daily basis.
One my favorite outdoor adventures happened during the time I travelled for a month in Peru. I had the chance to trek several times in wonderful canyons, rainforests and reach the altitude of 5,000 meters. The view was breathtaking … literally. Once it’s safe to travel again, I’d love to explore Nepal and the Philippines.
The first time I came to Bulgaria was in the summer of 2012. Ever since I’ve been visiting regularly. For several years now I have been calling Bulgaria my second home. I really like the language and am in the process of learning it, but I find it quite challenging. I have heard however that Bulgarian and French have more than 100 words in common. One such example is the word “merci,” which Bulgarians sometimes use to say thank you. My French friends find this entertaining and comforting to hear when they visit.
I have not noticed any major cultural differences. I do think, however, that Bulgarians tend to be more direct and less formal in their communication. The Bulgarian management is more approachable in comparison to the French one. Bulgarians in general tend to become very friendly once you get to know them.
I work as an inside sales representative. My role is to drive new business—respectively sales. I am following up on leads and opportunities, which involves communication with end customers, partners, technical teams and others.
One of the things that I like most about my job is that I can communicate with various inside and outside parties in the sales process. A key point of my position is not only the decision-making part but also building trust and long-term relationships on all levels.
It’s a demanding, but also very rewarding job as I regularly end up in situations I’ve never been in before. It’s a never-ending learning process.
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Tsvetiana Zaharieva is part of the Global Communications team at Progress. Inspired by technology and its impact on society, she is passionate about sharing good stories and know-how in the most efficient way. She is interested in the influence of psychology on communication and the role of the entrepreneurial mindset in a corporate setting. In her spare time she enjoys singing in choir as well as going to cultural and business events.
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