Celebrating Team Tropical – Dave

July 27, 2017

Dave Hicks, Director of Business Development

In our Celebrating Team Tropical series, we commemorate our employees’ work anniversaries by getting to know them and their role at Tropical better. Meet Dave who is our Director of Business Development and is celebrating 12 YEARS with the company.

Tell us about your role at Tropical:

Our team develops and implements activities to develop new business within our key business channels. We also negotiate the contracts & pricing and then manage and develop all of the company’s key core accounts.

What your favorite part of your job?

I enjoy being able to meet and work with our customers at all levels, to discuss their issues and then being able to provide ideas and solutions for them.

What project/success are you most proud of here?

I’d like to think that I’ve played a key role in the development of our core business over the past 12 years. It has increased from 40% to over 90% of our company revenue while I’ve been here. It was a lot of hard work but its great to see the company succeed as a result.

What’s your favorite memory from working here?

Our annual sales recognition awards nights have been great memories. I love it when our sales people are recognized for their efforts & results. Seeing the look on their faces when they win rep of the year is a thrill to me almost as much as to them.

What is on your wish list for your next five years here?

I wish the company and all of our sales people continued success over the next five years

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

I would probably be a teacher so that I could work with younger people to provide a positive influence on their lives.

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

I’ve had a couple of great mentors during my career, but at this stage in my life, I prefer to become a mentor to others.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you:

Not sure if everyone knows that I’m Canadian (eh!).

If they made a movie of your life, who would play you?

I think that I’d be the only person who could play me – but if I had to pick someone I’d go with Tom Hanks (he did a good job with Forrest Gump right?)

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