Have you met Juan Lopez? If not, here is your chance to get to know him!
Let’s get started, we want to get to know all about you, what is your current role and your background?
I am Juan Lopez, a Global Sales & Marketing Executive here at Vernacare, looking after several European markets as well as some Spanish speaking countries in Central and South America. Originally I am from a small town near Seville called Jerez de la Frontera, in Spain. But, I moved to the UK 6 years ago, with no English speaking skills, 500 euros in my pocket and a three-night stay booked at a hostel in Oxford.
Originally I travelled to the UK to learn English with the intention of returning to Spain, however, I decided to live here permanently as I fell in love with the country and the culture. I later moved to Manchester in 2015 to complete a Master’s degree in Marketing and Communications at Manchester Metropolitan University, in which I graduated with a Merit.
How long have you been with Vernacare? What role did you start in and how did you get to where you are now?
I have been with Vernacare for just over a year; I originally joined the company as a Global Marketing Executive. As I gained more experience working with distributors, I decided that sales was a route I wanted to pursue as I loved the idea of supporting distributors more with their commercial activities to covert healthcare facilities to using Vernacare products.
I got the opportunity to move into the Global sales team when an internal vacancy appeared due to the company growth in international markets. I was interviewed by Hakeem Adebiyi, Christina Smith and Jowita Niedzwiecki. I guess you could say I was the most suitable candidate for the position as I was offered the job! To date, I have successfully set up communications with many great distributors and established exciting new, commercial trade.
What would you say is your most significant personal/professional achievement to date?
A significant personal achievement is my Master’s degree as mentioned above. This was a challenging time for me as the qualification was in English; a language I was still learning, and I was working full-time in order to fund my education. I would come home from work and go straight into the library to complete assignments.
On a professional level, it would have to be working for a global company such as Vernacare, and subsequently being offered the job I am currently in.
What values would you say are essential to be successful within your role and life in general?
I value hard work. It is one of the things I love about the UK, the people work hard to achieve success. Another value that I follow is that you have to love what you do, and you have to be passionate and committed to it. I feel as though these values have helped me in my work and personal life, as I am passionate about my job and work hard to achieve targets and help contribute to the global success of Vernacare.
The quote; “the only time success comes before work is in the dictionary.”; is something that always gives me focus.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?
I love to go travelling. It is one of the reasons why I love my job because it gives me the opportunity to visit new places. Some of my favourite places include the Philippines, Stockholm and Mexico. In the near future, I hope to go to Sri Lanka, Peru, and California. As you can see I don’t like to stick to just one region as I want to experience a variety of different cultures. I am also a lover of food and drink. I like to go to Food Crawls, which is sampling small amounts of dishes from different restaurants. Additionally, I am a football fan and support Real Madrid. If I had to choose a British team to support it would be Arsenal, I grew up watching them at their best and have followed them ever since I moved to the UK. My favourite Real Madrid football fan moment was watching Zinedine Zidane score his first goal for the team against Real Betis. Real Madrid lost 3-1 due to two errors from Ivan Campo. I remember this game well, as the atmosphere was electric inside the stadium throughout the game, hence whenever I go back to Spain, I always make sure I go to a game.
Let’s have some fun! Tell us something you have always wanted to do and why?
I love anything that makes me feel alive and gives me an adrenaline rush. I would like to go sky diving or bungee jumping one day - hopefully somewhere beautiful with a lot of things to look at as I’m flying through the air.
Other than that I have always been tempted by the idea of being a wedding crasher for the day, like the film starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. I would arrive at a random wedding and pretend I know people there, or that I am related to the bride’s uncle. I guess you could say that this is also an adrenaline rush!