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The Smart Behind Novidea: Meet Jamie McDonnell

by  Julie Shafiki  |  21 Dec 2021

In the latest ‘Smart behind Novidea’ feature, we’re introducing you to Jamie McDonnell, our UK Sales Manager. 

With 13 years in the insurance business, Jamie is a 'people person' who takes pride in understanding the needs of our prospects and customers. 

Meet Jamie McDonnell, UK Sales Manager.

1. What’s the coolest thing about your job?
My job doesn’t involve many internal meetings, usually we’re demo-ing the product to someone for the first time; and because I don’t lead the demos, I get to watch the first reactions to our product. Seeing the product as often as I do, I forget how outdated a lot of other systems are, so it’s pretty cool to watch some jaws hit the table and raised eyebrows when they see ours.

2. What would be your dream job, apart from working for Novidea?

Professional golfer! It's a great balance between being good enough at your sport to do it professionally, but not as famous as a footballer who’s going to get recognised everywhere they go.

3. What are your hobbies?

I’m really into sports- I love playing golf and I’m so happy the driving ranges are open again. As well as golf, I also follow rugby and football.

4. What’s the best place you’ve ever travelled to?

It’s a tie between Malapascua, Philipines which is a really remote, specialist water sports island, and Medhufushi in the Maldives, with floating hotel rooms, where I went for my honeymoon.

5. Favourite book or movie?

I am a huge James Bond fan, so pretty much any of those films, but Skyfall has got to be my favourite. And then for books, with young children I don’t get a lot of time to read, but I’m a big fan of autobiographies and the Eddie Jones auto is probably the one that I’ve read most recently.

6. What’s one thing few people would know about you?
I’m very competitive. Not in a bad way, I’m not a sore loser but I like to win- so monopoly with the kids can get pretty serious as I don’t tend to go easy on people.

7. What are the top 5 gadgets you can’t live without?
  • Garmin golf watch- which I wear every single day even when I’m not playing golf
  • Toptracer golf app- which tells you all the stats you could possibly need to know about your golf game
  • Wireless headphones
  • Spotify, it’s phenomenal
  • Electric toothbrush- I made the conversion very recently and I can’t believe I didn’t do it earlier; I’ll never go back! 

We hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about the people who drive the smart behind Novidea! Stay tuned for our next feature.

 

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