At Preston Mobility, we're wireless specialists, techies, customer service representatives, marketers and managers, but we're also real people (who are really fun to work with). We would like to welcome you to take a glimpse into some of the lives of our favourite people and their favourite stories; they make up Preston Mobility and we are excited to proudly highlight the adventures that they have shared with us.
Meet, Anthony Sage.
Anthony recently joined Preston Mobility as the Manager of Strategic Client Solutions. On his most recent adventure while completing his MBA at renowned Ivey Business School in London, Ontario, Anthony had a chance to travel through Nepal through The Leader Project and use his entrepreneurial skills and knowledge to coach and educate students. Below we have included a Q&A about his role, goals and future plans as well as his words regarding his latest adventure and journey....
- What brought you to Preston Mobility? I was finishing my degree at the Ivey Business School in London and I was deciding where I wanted to land once I completed my degree. I had worked closely with Darelle and the team in the past when I was a Pricing Specialist at Bell and I reached out to see how the business was doing. I was impressed by the growth, customer-centric innovation and culture at the company and was ecstatic to accept a role here in May 2016.
- What is the best thing about your role at Preston Mobility? Interacting with customers and finding innovative and advanced solutions to their business challenges. I also really enjoy being a coach for my team and helping within the development of my own and their skill sets.
- What were you doing before joining the team? I was going to school in London, Ontario while completing my MBA at the Ivey Business School. Right before I joined Preston, I volunteered with the LEADER Project to teach entrepreneurs business basics in Nepal.
- What did you learn about yourself during your travel to Nepal? It reinforced the fact that I love to teach and help people reach their goals. By challenging myself to go on the trip and provide the best possible experience for our students, I also learned to really appreciate the opportunities that are offered to you and if you have a great opportunity, jump in with both feet!
- What is the first thing you packed? Sunscreen and a hat as it was consistently over 35 degrees in Nepal.
- What was the most memorable part of your trip? Bungy jumping from 160m height above a raging river while I was suffering from food poisoning. It's one of the world's highest bungy jumps located just outside of Kathmandu.
- Where would you want to travel to next and why? I want to travel to Europe as I have never been there before, but I am obsessed with European history and food.
" In April of 2016, I was lucky enough to be selected to travel to Nepal with the Ivey organization called The Leader Project. The goal of the organization is to provide entrepreneurs with skills in strategy, marketing, operations, and finance with the aim of catalyzing growth in their businesses in developing countries.
In partnership with the Nepalese Young Entrepreneurs’ Forum (NYEF), LEADER launched a new site this year in Kathmandu, Nepal. I traveled with 5 undergrad students from Ivey’s HBA program and the experience was life changing.
Through this partnership, our team was able to mentor and teach 22 entrepreneurs. Our classroom was diverse, with full-time entrepreneurs, recent graduates, and current MBA students. The students constantly impressed us, quickly picking up business concepts and applying it to their entrepreneurial ventures. We quickly became close with our students through our individual coaching sessions, even being invited to enjoy a Nepalese wedding reception with one of our students.
The final pitch day brought a great conclusion to our two weeks in Nepal. We got to see some really interesting ideas. One company wanted to create a scooter repair shop staffed by women that targeted the female demographic. This would be a social impact project, teaching skills to unemployed women while offering a safer, cleaner environment for female riders to get their bikes repaired (a common form of transportation in Nepal). Another business focused on creating water filtration devices for Kathmandu households, offering flexible financing alternatives to make it an attractive alternative to purchasing filtered water. Overall, we were really impressed with our students’ progress and application of the entrepreneurial concepts they learned.
The trip helped me further develop my coaching and presentation skills as every day we had to teach and coach our students. It also allowed me learn more about some of the opportunities and challenges entrepreneurs face when they are looking to scale businesses in developing countries, such as Nepal. All in all, the experience was a transformational one for me and I look forward to staying in touch with my students in the future."