Apptega Employee Spotlight Interview
We are excited to be spotlighting newly-promoted Jack Bennett, Senior Account Executive & Team Lead at Apptega. Jack began his career at Apptega as a Sales Development Representative (SDR), leveraging his talent and hard work to grow within the company and take on a leadership role. Driven by the start-up environment and the opportunity for growth, Jack makes the most of every opportunity to learn and gain exposure to a wide range of companies from different industries.
Read more about Jack and his achievements at Apptega in our quick Q&A below.
Q: What excited you most about stepping into a leadership role at Apptega ?
A: The first thing that comes to mind is the opportunity to build my career. There is an opportunity to grow within the organization, which is what’s most exciting about it. Beyond that, the opportunity to learn and gain exposure to new things in a start-up environment has a lasting impact on your professional career.
Q: What is your favorite part about being an account executive?
A: Everyday looks different, allowing you to do multiple things – Demos, close deals, win deals, work with marketing and literally every department within the organization. That exposure to different types of companies and industries doesn't always offer itself in larger organizations. Our solution is catered to every industry and I enjoy the excitement that comes from talking to different people and types of companies.
Q: How has your career grown since starting at Apptega?
A: That's one of the best parts of being with Apptega. My career trajectory is high and I have the potential to progress at my own speed. In less than two and a half years I have gone from SDR to Sales Rep and been promoted into a position that gives me ownership of my career path and earning potential. This culture allows my career to grow in a variety of ways. Additionally, I have seen significant growth in my professional maturity, which looks a whole lot different than when I started.
Q: What is your favorite part of your work day?
A: I love the mornings. I really enjoy waking up, looking at my calendar, seeing what the day holds, having a cup of coffee, and playing with my dog as I prepare to conquer the day.
Q: Did anyone in your life influence or inspire you in choosing your career path?
A: Yes, this guy named Bobbo who was on our board of trustees at my university. He gave me the guidance I needed fresh out of college and he made the connection that got me into this role at Apptega.
Q: Are there any challenges you’ve faced in your career and how have you overcome them?
A: With sales you can have good and bad months. Sometimes there are challenges in hitting goals, so you have to get creative in wearing a lot of hats and adapting to a fast-paced, start-up environment. I enjoy the ability to help drive the innovation in the company as I look to help my customers become successful through the relationship they have with Apptega.
Q: Outside of work, what are you passionate about?
A: I love playing with my dog – We love to go walking in Brookhaven and Chastain park in Atlanta. I’m also a wine enthusiast – My fiancé and I like to try a bottle of wine a week. I also enjoy the trading world. When the pandemic hit, all of us had more time at home, so I got locked into stocks and crypto.
Q: Where is your happy place in Atlanta?
A: Piedmont park – my friends and I like to go to Park Tavern and have shared great memories there.
Q: Who is your modern-day hero?
A: Elon Musk has always intrigued me with his career path and what he’s done with Tesla and SpaceX. He’s got a good story and any young professional in the business world could learn a lot from him. It’s easy to admire his path and learn from the things he’s been through.
Q: If you could move to any place in the world where would you go? Why?
A: Hands down it would be Paris – I just returned from Paris two months ago and I truly enjoyed the city. They eat bread every day of the month, love coffee, have crazy nice shops, amazing food, and incredible wine!
Are you looking to jump-start your career in cybersecurity or join Jack as an account executive and be part of the Apptega team? Check out our careers page for open roles.