Today on my Up Close and Personal Feature, I am interviewing my Vice President of Operations and Finances, Luiz Fernando Leite. Luiz has been with me for almost twenty years and has seen every success and stumble along the way.
Tell us what you do here as the Vice President of Operations and Finance.
I currently handle the Operations, Human Resources, and some production and accounting/bookkeeping tasks.
You work does working long hours affect your home life? Does it impact your partner, spouse, children?
I don’t mind starting my day of work early, but I like to be home no later than 6-7pm if possible. I’m much more productive in the morning… I’m a morning person.
Is there a time you considered quitting PB designs? Why?
Yes, I think about quitting when I win the lottery! Just kidding. No, I don’t consider quitting my job, but I do plan to retire in 10 years and enjoy my family and friends, travel, etc.
If you had to change one (or many things about me) what would they be?
I would stop you to saying: “Just give me the bottom line” when I am trying to explain something; I really hate when you say that.
What was the worst moment you have ever had on the job? (Tell us why)
I have had many “bad moments”, but the worst happened during an event installation in France. We had an enormous amount of work to do. I was surrounded by incompetent and lazy local workers, and a few staff members from New York who were on the same level.
After a hard day at work, what do you really tell your best friends that drives you crazy about working for me?
I try not talk about work when I’m with my friends, but sometimes I talk about big transformations and the “OTT” (Over-The-Top) projects.
What is the biggest misconception you feel people have about working in this business/at this company?
People usually see the only good side of the production or installation. The “behind the scenes” and all the drama to put an event together is rarely shown.
I have always said we are like a family, and with that comes some high emotional moments. What do you feel about our company structure (or lack thereof at times)?
I like the “family” idea because it brings people together as team. I feel that the combination of a strong structure and family would be great.
Do you feel that you are being paid a fair salary or do you feel you deserve more?
There are many aspects to be considered and I don’t feel comfortable discussing this so openly, but I am totally fine in a one-on-one conversation.
If I were to give you a raise, how much would you ask for?
I would leave this to your discretion, which I hope would always take my proficiency into consideration.