Meet Mark

  • May 27, 2020
  • Author: Keith Young

Mark-AtkinsonMark Atkinson

Previous Experience: 

Largely sales focused, I owned several small businesses in Ontario. Since living in Alberta, I’ve held a Business Development position with Philip Morris International and Director of Sales ~ Western Canada for Canada’s leading LIVE Events SaaS provider, AudienceView.

Certifications: 

  • Sales Professional Certification with InBev
  • Full Certification with UnitedCloud
  • First Aid/CPR?

What do you like most about UnitedCloud? 

UCaaS is mostly new territory for me. From the beginning, I thoroughly enjoyed learning about UnitedCloud, our service offerings and immediately aligned with the opportunity our partners see, too. I love technology and learning new skills.

What hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?

Cars, Motorcycles, Boats … motorized anything, really. I’ve owned numerous street & dirt motorcycles, several boats (from 10’ to 42’) and I’ve had a snowmobile or two parked in my garage at some point or another. Currently driving a Cherokee Trailhawk with a 2002 Thunderbird getting pulled out on occasion, too. 

I’ve got IoT devices littered through my house. If you’re caught saying ‘Hey Google’, you’ll likely hear several speakers asking you to repeat yourself.

What were you like at age 10?

I suppose that depends who you’re asking. My Mom would likely have a different answer than my sister … but overall their counter question would likely be ‘It should be more like, Where is Mark?’ 

Growing up in the country, I would be off exploring as much as I could, riding my bike down winding dirt roads and going on endless adventures with my friends living (somewhat) close by … likely getting into some sort of trouble on the regular. 

Hockey & school were a big part of my everyday too.

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?

After some considerable thought, I’d have to say Tony Robbins … hands-down. From both a physical and inspirational presence, having the opportunity to speak to and inspire millions of people would be an incredible day!

What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Not considered food:  Gasoline

Is considered food:  Crickets

What music do you like listening to?

I listen to most music. It’s mood-dependent, really. Both my wife and I are classically trained pianists with a grand piano in our home. CBC2 is a common listening space, but with a Spotify account, everything from New Pop to Synth/Goth can be heard in our home.

What’s the best vacation you’ve ever had, and why?

It’s a toss-up between West Coast-Mexico & Ireland, both for different reasons. The same destination in Mexico happened 4 years in a row and allowed me to develop friendships with local people and returning vacationers alike.

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