Role: Enterprise Account Executive
Team: Enterprise Sales
What were you doing before Fast?
Prior to Fast, I spent the last five years at Magento/Adobe working initially on customer growth across the entire Magento merchant base and then more recently on strategic healthcare and high tech companies at Adobe strictly in the world of e-commerce. Prior to that, I spent five years at Apple.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a suburb of Greater London in a town called Kingston Upon Thames. While I was born in the U.K., my parents came from Vietnam and both emigrated due to the war. My dad was a soldier, while my grandparents on my mom's side came as diplomats.
Why did you say yes to Fast?
Quite simply I believe that it will change the e-commerce arena for good. There are, of course, many other factors, but I trusted my gut on this.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Personally, for sure it would be my 4-year-old daughter, Leilani. I am confident most parents would agree that kids provide more personal development than just about anything else. Professionally, I have won accolades across all the companies I have worked out, but more holistically, I am always humbled that I got to the position I am now. I didn't go through the traditional route of college. Instead, I found what was interesting, learned the heck out of it, and worked endlessly to get where I wanted to be.
When did someone’s kindness toward you make a big difference in your life?
When I was about 20 years old, I already had an established career, but I really wanted to experience life in the U.S. My now-late aunt opened up her doors for me to come and stay with her for a period in San Francisco. So I dropped everything and did it. I never looked back, and everything good in my life today is because of that act of kindness.
Describe your biggest “aha” moment?
A mentor of mine once told me that to find happiness in life is to understand who you are and find balance. On one hand, someone could have insane wealth but also sacrifice relationships and meaningful family life. On the other hand, someone could have very little money and career success but have the warmth of a deep relationship with their family. Each may both be fulfilled as long as that is what they want to do. To be happy, you need to find out where you want to be on that scale and work toward that.
What’s your favorite book, film, or TV show?
I will forever love the “The Godfather” movies. Maybe not the third one as much as the others. Although maybe not the best example of a success story, it always inspired me how Michael Corleone rose from the underdog child and fought his way to the top. Who doesn't love an underdog story, right?
What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
Some things you will find hard, some things you will find easy. You may not be the most talented at everything, but the marathon is not won by who has the most talent alone, it is by the ones who have the dedication and perseverance to succeed. At 18 years old, unknown to my mom, I got a tattoo on my leg that translates to "If you want, you will." That's the best advice I could give anyone. Funnily when my mom did eventually see the tattoo her first reaction was, "Oh, that's not grammatically correct." Whoops!