This month we're talking to Donal Lynch our Export Sales Manager - Ireland & Scandinavia about his job role and what advice he'd offer to someone starting out in the industry.
How long have you worked at Sontay?
What is your job role?
I manage two sales poles, Ireland and Scandinavia. It is a mixture of dealing with existing customers and developing new ones.
What are the best/worst things about your job?
The best thing is meeting customers. After 11 years in the job, I have got to know most of them very well. The worst thing is being stuck in traffic every day.
What attracted you to working in the building controls industry?
It was a new area for me when I first joined Sontay. I was a Mechanical Engineer originally and having had a few years in sales, this role at Sontay became available. I saw it as a good opportunity to work in an interesting environment with a really good solid company.
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the industry?
Something new can be learned every single day. Listen to those around you and never be afraid to ask questions.
Who has been the biggest influence in your career?
Definitely from a Sontay point of view, it would have to be Alan Braybrook. Alan first recruited me to the role back in 2008 and he himself has worked at Sontay for over 20 years. Alan has always made himself available to be me for advice and guidance.
What five guests would you invite to a dinner party? Dead or alive…
Tommy Tiernan (Comedian), Michael Harding (Author), Eamon Dunphy (Football pundit), Deirdre O’Kane (Comedian) and Graham Souness (Former Liverpool Player)
What is your favourite book?
Paul McGrath’s autobiography “Back from the Brink”. A remarkable story of a guy achieving great success in life despite his personal struggles.
Who is your favourite musician?
This changes all the time but I currently enjoy listening to Rag'n'Bone Man
What is your perfect holiday?Sun or Snow?
I don’t really like extremes, either way. Nice sunny weather without being too hot suits me best. The west coast of Ireland is a good as anywhere in the world, if only we could guarantee the weather.