Meet Chris Cooney.
Chris is almost everything you’d expect from a millennial, self-assured, socially aware and technically proficient. He is covered in playful tattoos, his favourite track from childhood is I’m Blue by Eiffel 65 and he loves playing Aussie Rules Footy at the weekend.
Having previously worked with us in the WBC warehouse for a number of years, we were lucky enough to steal him away to our head office where he now works within the sales and customer service team. While Chris sells a lot more than just bags, all our sales team are very much hands on when it comes to understanding the process and seeing their customers through to a finished bag they both can be proud of.
Always enthusiastic and conscientious at work, Chris has committed to growing his ‘mo’ for Movember in support of a range of male related health issues, including prostate and testicular cancer. It’s a cause that means a great deal to him. We asked him a few questions about himself, the work he does here at WBC and why he’s currently willing to look like Pablo Escobar for a good cause.
What do you do at WBC?
Officially I am a Sales Advisor in the Customer Services team but I prefer to think of myself as Chief of the BBQ’s in our WBC Garden.
What’s your favourite part of the job?
I love working with customers, trying to match their concepts to our products and helping their businesses flourish. We have a healthy dose of banter here in the office, the team is awesome.
What’s your least favourite part of the job?
Kitchen duty, it only comes round about once every 12 months but that week is always tough for me! It is worth it though, for the free lunch we are provided with
What’s the question you get asked the most (by a customer)?
Are you from Australia? Then they are shocked to hear that I’m actually not, I lived there for a while so now I just sound a bit funny.
Any favourite bag jobs you’ve done recently?
We recently printed a luxury jute shopper (JSLH) for Darwin Escapes that I really liked. They have 20 holidays parks across the UK – I am hoping for an invite to them all!
Describe your day to us?
I get in early doors to make sure I get a good breakfast and a few coffees in me to set me up for the day. Always start the morning off by following up any quotes and replying to emails. This is all done whilst answering the phones, placing orders and looking after the web orders. And they say men can’t multi-task! If I ever get a spare moment I’m usually trying to keep up to date with everything going on in the world of drinks retail by reading the trade press.
What’s your strangest talent?
I have a few, but the only one I can really put on paper. I can hang clothes from my ear piercings.
If you were a chocolate bar, what one would you be?
Probably an aero, full of air – most of it hot.
What’s your claim to fame?
I played Australian rules football for Great Britain before all my joints started to fall apart.
You are taking part in Movember, why and what charity are you supporting?
I am indeed, the Movember Foundation supports a range of male related health issues including prostate and testicular cancer. I’m raising money for the men’s metal health side of thing.
As someone who has been affected, I used to think that I should just get on with it or “man up”. I understand how hard it really is and too many men are losing this fight too young. So if my growing a moustache can maybe help a few people out, then a mo I shall grow!
If you would like to support me by donating anything at all, it would be greatly appreciated. You can find my just giving page here.