Dami may have an intense work ethic, but he’s also a strong believer in balance. He believes we have the right to separate our work and personal lives and that if we can manage that balance, we can manage to be better workers and better people.
On the day Damian Pinto went to interview for an open position at VMBC, his interviewer asked him how soon he could start. He said, “Tomorrow.” It wasn’t an act of desperation; he already had a secure job as an IT supervisor at another company. He was simply listening to his gut, and it was telling him that this was a chance worth taking.
When Dami, as his coworkers affectionately call him, arrived for his first day at VMBC 10 years ago, he saw the value in taking that chance. Dami found that VMBC not only encouraged but insisted upon group interaction and team building. Sure, everyone had their list of daily tasks and deliverables, but decisions were a group effort, and best practices were decided after sessions of thorough brainstorming. From the beginning, Dami found great value in this strategy, observing lifelong friendships and innovative solutions developing simultaneously as a result.
“We work very hard when we’re on deadline, but I think it’s important to have non-work conversation during the day as well,” Dami says. “Work is not the only thing that defines our lives; we are people first, before we are co-workers, and we have so many different things going on. I like to make space for that.”
Dami’s decade of great dedication has also brought great responsibility. Upholding his role as IT manager in VMBC’s office in Buenos Aires, Dami supports all technology infrastructure, both externally and internally, for both customers and the VMBC team. Certainly the term “support” covers a vast umbrella of activities, requiring and utilizing the individual skills and expertise of his 10-person team. Dami enjoys tracking the tasks of his team, pushing them to improve their skills through in-house courses of continuing education, and using their individual talents to make sure creativity and innovation are constant elements of the VMBC service to customers. He encourages his team to take advantage of any and all educational opportunities within the company, telling them that “they have to incorporate new knowledge, not only for improving their work with VMBC, but because gaining new knowledge, in any form, is a small token for your future. You are better for it, no matter how you use it.”
Dami may have an intense work ethic, but he’s also a strong believer in balance. He believes we have the right to separate our work and personal lives and that if we can manage that balance, we can manage to be better workers and better people. Working with computers and systems all day long, he lets his mind and body wander to his more artistic instincts on the weekends, reserving time for his wood working, metal working, and landscape photography.
“Photographing nature and landscapes is like therapy for me,” he says, “because we cannot control it. You can only be there, be patient, and wait for the perfect moment.” When the perfect moment arrives, he trusts his gut.
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