This time, it’s Marketing Manager John Pindar in the spotlight answering the questions.
What’s your role at Webro?
How many years have you been in the cable industry?
Just the 8 years for me. Still feel like a novice in terms of cable knowledge, compared to some of my colleagues.
What made you choose marketing as your career path?
I didn’t initially. I was working in payroll, and an entry-level marketing role came up where I was working at the time. I fancied marketing more than payroll, and sixteen years, and one CIM Diploma later, here I am. Looks like it might have been the right choice.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Aside from the obvious, such as playing right-back for Leeds, I wanted to do something where I could write things, like journalism.
What’s the best thing about working at Webro?
The humour. Days aren’t usually dull when you work at Webro HQ.
What will be the next important development in marketing?
Talk of the ‘next big thing’ in marketing usually irritates me a little. Mostly because the challenges in marketing have always been the same, in that you have to reach the right customers at the right time, it’s only the technology that changes! However, we’re only just scratching the surface of what AI will end up being used for in marketing.
What’s your favourite holiday destination?
Iceland. I went last year, and I must admit I was mostly there to accompany my wife as she had a burning desire to see the Northern Lights, and I wasn’t especially fussed. I loved the place! We both did. Even though we didn’t see the Northern Lights. The scenery is beautiful, Gullfoss waterfall in particular, is awe-inspiring. We’re going again most definitely. Won’t turn down hot weather holidays and sitting by the pool though – quite enjoy that too.
One dog, called Bella. The kids take great delight in telling everyone we have a Shih-tzu, albeit with a massive pause between the two syllables!
Favourite sports team?
There’s two. Leeds United and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
What 3 words that best describe you?
Reliable, honest, hard-working.
What would you do if you won big on the Lottery?
Obviously we’d help out those close to us. Anything after that would depend upon how ‘big’ the win actually was. Charity, holidays, all the obvious stuff, maybe even a stake in Leeds United!
What’s your favourite food?
Can’t beat a decent curry.
What annoys you more than anything else?
When things are more complicated than they need to be for no apparent reason.
What superpower would you like to have?
Telepathy would be cool.
What’s your favourite film, and why?
That’s quite a choice! Probably Goodfellas. It’s such an engrossing film, and no matter how many times I see it, I can still watch it again.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
Working Monday-Friday at Webro, with a wife who works 12 hour shifts as a nurse (including some weekends), plus 8 year old twin daughters, doesn’t leave me much time for things I’d ‘like to do’. So I’m going to say spending time as a family because that doesn’t happen often enough.
Who’s your favourite band/singer?
My musical tastes are rather varied, so it’s difficult to pick just one. If I had to, I’d say Busta Rhymes. Ask me again tomorrow, and you’d probably get a different answer, and possibly a completely different type of music too!
What’s your ‘go to’ karaoke song?
Under no circumstances whatsoever will you ever find me doing Karaoke. And if you ever hear me sing, you will know why.
Who would you swap places with for a day, and why?
Why would I want to swap places with anyone else?
What was your favourite subject at school, and why?
History was good, but I think English was my favourite. Reading and writing were always things I enjoyed and was good at. Which probably goes some way to explaining my career in marketing.
Who would be your desert island companion of choice?
Bear Grylls. We’d not be on the island for long.
What’s the best advice that you’ve ever been given?
Try to avoid desert islands if you can.
What’s your favourite cable?
7-2-2C. That is the cable for me.