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Five minute interview: Mark Banfield, Autotask

Time to find out a bit more about Mark Banfield, who is international vice president at Autotask

Tell us what you do for a living. I am the VP of International for Autotask.


Why are you the right person for this job? 15 years of experience in technology and sales and sales management. Experience of building and managing teams across multiple geographies. I’m passionate for technology. I am highly driven and have a strong focus on customer success.


What gets you up in the morning?

CrossFit gets me up in the morning. I like to start the day working out. I find it stimulates me and prepares me to confront the day ahead. I also find that I am more focused after a work out.


Who helped you get to where you are today? Family. My dad had a strong focus on work ethic that he passed down to me. I was a competitive swimmer and it provided me with real discipline.

 Also, at the age of 22, Mark Cattini gave me my first job when we both worked for MapInfo. Fast forward to 2015, he still remains a huge support system and mentor.


What is the best or worst business advice you have received and from whom?

The best business advice that I have been given was from the CEO of Autotask, Mark Cattini. He told me “Opportunity comes in three stages. Recognise, Accept and Maximize.” I am always looking for new opportunities and always maximising the opportunity in front of me.


What advice would you give to someone starting out today in IT?

Be ruthless in your pursuit of knowledge and understanding with regards to IT. Knowledge is power.


What does the next five years hold for the channel?

The channel will be even more important that it was before. The cloud and companies having more access to technology will make this space very exciting.

The implementation and integration of all technologies is increasingly complex. The channel will have the expertise to keep up with an ever changing industry.


Tell us something most people do not know about you? I ran 7 marathons and was a competitive national swimmer.


What goal do you have to achieve before you die, and why?

My biggest goal is to give my children as much happiness and successes as I can.


What is the best book you've ever read?

 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho


What would be your Desert Island MP3s?

 John Mayer, Jack Johnson and The Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana.


What temptation can you not resist?

A good red wine.


What was your first car and how does it compare with what you drive now?

 My first car was a mini. My brother and I could literally pick it up. I’m currently driving an Audi. My brother and I are no longer picking up cars.


If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

A Dolphin. They are the greatest animal in the sea and very smart.


If you were facing awesome peril and impossible odds, which real or fictional person would you most want on your side and why?

I would want my good friend and right hand man in the Richmond Office Fooming Hoh (Director of Sales) by my side.  He is a great friend to chat with and extremely smart so he could help overcome any situation.


And finally, a grizzly bear and a silverback gorilla are getting ready for a no-holds-barred rumble. Who is your money on and why? The gorilla. Its’ a lot more nimble than the bear.

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