Despite Dave Melin’s extremely busy schedule, we had the pleasure of welcoming him here on the blog. Dave is one of the founders of Amtech and it’s really his vision that we owe a lot to for some of the things we do today. We asked a few fun questions to find out more about what makes a director tick, their background, and vision for Amtech. You can follow Dave on his twitter @DaveMelski.
1. What’s your favourite flavour of ice-cream?
I have a few. I really like raspberry ripple (a bit old school and showing my age really). Years ago – my parents used to either buy raspberry ripple or neopolitan in rectangular cardboard packets. Me and my sister used to split the Neopolitan ice cream as she liked the chocolate and I liked the strawberry flavours! No one ever wanted the Vanilla! I’m more a fan of sorbet’s now and love anything like Mango or lemon.
2. If you could be an animal then what animal would you be?
Dog. What a life. Run in the morning, sleep all day and fed well. Some people treat dogs better than humans so they’ve got it made really…
3. What’s the one thing you enjoy the most?
It has to be spending time with my wife and daughter. We bought her (my daughter) a trampoline recently and although she’s only 19 months – she adores it. We had a party the other weekend and there were 9 kids of different ages bouncing on the trampoline at one point! It was great to see them all playing together. Helped that I was eating burgers and drinking beer at the time!
4. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
I’m extremely lucky to have travelled to some really nice places in the world. I have family in Mauritius, New York and Toronto so holidays have been very kind to me. In the past 8 or 9 years – I’ve spent a lot of time in the far east and sub-continent. One of my favourite places in Malaysia. My last trip there was to Penang and around the corner from our hotel was a local square which had just about every variety of food on offer all cooked in front of you and at ridiculous prices. That’s an amazing place.
5. What’s the nerdiest thing that you like to do in your spare time?
I have a decent sized garden and recently I’ve invested a lot of time and money into some really impressive petrol powered tools. I’m now obsessed with trying to get some amazing stripes in my lawn. As we have only been in the house for a few months – I’m impressed with progress so far, but I think next year or the year after will good after some serious lawn-care over the autumn!
6. What do you like about working at Amtech?
Having worked in some large and small organisations I think I appreciate the fact that everyone has an input and an ability to shape the company. It’s not something you can do in a larger organisation as the boundaries for people’s roles and key responsibilities are already mapped out. I’m not saying it’s a free for all but there is a freedom we have which is pretty unique. For me – the key will be keeping this attribute as we grow.
I was extremely lucky in starting my working life as part of the team that setup Virgin Mobile in the UK, since being part of a start-up company with the brand and values of Virgin was a special and rewarding experience. I would really like to take the best parts from working with Virgin and carry them forward with Amtech, so far I have to say I’m really pleased with our progress and how willing Amtech employees are to take up these values.
7. What’s been your biggest challenge whilst working on Amtech?
It’s certainly been an interesting 2 ½ years and an extremely valuable learning curve. I think in the first year the challenge was around how to run a new and small business. As the company has developed and we now have an office, staff, lots of monthly commitments and a duty of care to ensure that we provide job security – the cliché that ‘cashflow is king’ really is true. Managing the finances is definitely the biggest challenge we and any small business faces on a daily basis. Thankfully we are getting better at this, but it’s something that still needs regular monitoring.
8. What are you looking forward to in the future with Amtech?
I think the thing I am most looking forward to as the business grows and develops is expanding our workforce and giving opportunities to hungry and ambitious employees who don’t just say yes but are happy to challenge the status quo.
As you can see, it’s not everyday that you get such a personal glimpse into the life of a director. We’d like to thank Dave for his time and for kicking off what will be a fortnightly feature on the blog. If you’d like to find out more about the team then check back in on the 29/07/2016 where we’ll be interviewing Emma Bees, Sales and Business Administrator. You can find out more about Emma before then by taking a look at her blog, which she just started writing recently, and see her latest post The only girl in the office.
If you have any more questions for Dave then we’d be happy to pass them onto him if you leave a comment, or I’m sure he’d be happy to answer them himself if you tweet @DaveMelski with #AmtechSolutions.