We caught up with Umit Koc who is a Nintex senior account manager based out of the London office, and recently celebrated his sixth anniversary with the company.
Since joining in 2015, Umit has been focused on helping people be successful with the Nintex Process Platform. In 2018 Umit won the Nintex Impact Award for going beyond the “call of duty” in his role. While his colleagues were enjoying a holiday, Umit was taking extra calls to ensure all customer requests were covered – even if it meant helping customers outside of his territory.
We’re excited to feature Umit Koc in this Nintex Q&A article where we highlight Nintex team members across the globe. We asked Umit 25 questions and shared his responses below.
- What is your role at Nintex?
Senior Account Manager
- Tell us a little bit about how you ended up at Nintex?
After finishing university I was in several different retail jobs however I had a passion for tech. This led me to start looking for a career in the tech industry. In an interview with another tech company for an account manager role, they suggested that I get more experience in the field and then try again. I continued searching, found Nintex and started my career here on the sales operations team.
- What has been your favorite project of your career?
This would have to be helping the Ministry of Defense build their new future proof 2019 environment. We worked together for 3 years and this resulted in them being one of the largest Nintex customers in the EMEA region.
Another fav would be helping build out the renewals team in EMEA. As this was originally a function of the Deal Desk team. We had so many different things to learn and processes to carve out. At that time, Nintex was much smaller so there was a lot of “building the plane as we’re flying it” stages that we’ve sorted out now.
- What does an ideal day-off of work look like for you?
As we are in lockdown and have been for some time, an ideal day off of work would be a day with friends and family having a nice BBQ with some refreshments.
- Where is home for you?
Home for me is London. I have spent a large part of my life here and it just feels like home. It may rain a lot and there may be traffic all the time, however, when I get back from holiday and the taxi hits the M25 (circular motorway surrounding London), it feels like home sweet home.
- What is the best part about where you live right now?
The diversity. London is such a diverse city with so many different cultures mixed in. As you walk the streets you can hear so many different languages. The eateries are also amazing as well. Whichever food you’re craving, you can usually find it in London.
- Favorite era in history and why?
Late 8th to late 11th century because I love Viking history. Their tales of adventure and courage are amazing. I try to watch anything to do with Vikings.
- Favorite beverage?
- Favorite food?
I will always choose Turkish food because I am Turkish. Specifically, my favorite is something called Manti.
- What would you choose as a superpower and why?
The ability to motivate anyone and everyone. In this day and age, especially with the rise of social media, it is easy to find yourself in a funk. I feel that a positive mindset can manifest positive results and a negative one can manifest negative outcomes. With my superpower I would help people gain a positive mindset.
- Favorite movie or tv series and why?
Zack Snyder’s Justice League because I love the way it’s filmed. Four hours of constant action.
- What would an alternative line of work be for you?
Police officer. If you asked me at the age of 10 what I wanted to be, I would always answer with police officer. I love helping people.
- Do you have any advice for a prospective Nintex employee?
I would recommend joining Nintex for many different reasons however I would suggest they do their research and due diligence to make sure that Nintex will be a good fit for them and they are a good fit for Nintex. I have been at Nintex for 6 years and 4 months. For myself, I believe there was very good fit from the first interview. This could explain why I am still here.
- What is your favorite experience with a Nintex customer?
I have so many. I recently helped a customer who was having several different issues with their environment. We solved all the issues working along with Jake Dennison from the Nintex technical evangelist team. With the spare time left, we shared a great conversation about life and reflected on life pre- and post-global pandemic. I absolutely loved this call because it’s one of those where you walk away almost feeling refreshed.
- Any favorite line from a movie?
“To infinity and beyond!” Toy Story
- Best vacation you’ve taken and why?
I travelled from London to Singapore, Singapore to Melbourne, Melbourne to Brisbane, Brisbane to Bali, Bali to Bangkok, Bangkok to home. I did this trip with one of my best friends and we absolutely loved it. So much to do, so much to see.
- Do you have an office nickname, what is it?
Uber. I was donned this nickname by our office manager, Sonia Patel, and it has really stuck. To a point where we will be in a meeting and someone would say, “Let us get Uber’s opinion.”
Why Uber? Sonia lived close to where I live, so we would get off at the same station. I would always drive, so I would drop her off at home on the way. Apparently, my act of kindness earned me a super cool nickname.
- Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Family, kids and possibly a business of my own. I have always wanted to launch a business of my own.
- How do you define success?
This is essentially doing what you love. If you love what you do, then no matter the outcome you will be happy. People set unrealistic goals, then they base their happiness on this, which then leads to failure and sadness. I’d rather enjoy the journey.
- If you were an animal what would you like to be and why?
The king of the jungle. Lions just look so impressive.
- What do you like most about your job?
The team I work with. We have a very fun working environment.
- You find a suitcase of money on your hike through the wilderness, what do you do?
Return it to the police. If unclaimed for 30 days, it becomes finders’ keepers. 😊
- What would you like to tell your 10-year-old self?
Take life easy and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
- Would you rather be able to fly or know any language on earth?
Fly. Communication can happen in forms other than just speaking.
- How do you define a good work-life balance?
Gym before work, work and then clock off at 5. Spend time with family and friends.
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