Boyd's new career cleared for take-off

Boyd's new career cleared for take-off

Dan Boyd may not look familiar, though listeners of certain Wellington radio stations might remember his voice. The 28-year-old Belkin account manager spent eight years working as a radio announcer on ZM and More FM, as well as announcing at first division rugby games in Dunedin.

“I’ve spent a bit of time doing ground announcing at Carisbrook stadium, so my loyalties slip between the Otago side and the Wellington Lions.”

Boyd, who grew up in Palmerston North, went to radio school in Wellington and admits that it was an interest in IT which made him change careers.

However, he has picked roles that still demand a gift for talking. He previously worked at Telecom Mobile in Auckland and began at Belkin at the start of this year. The US company offers a number of services and products including network sharing, VoIP, desktop accessories and MP3 accessories.

Boyd’s role includes building relationships with clients and distributors including retailer Harvey Norman, who is his biggest customer.

“The main aspect of my job is working with people. Having a discussion with someone listening on the radio is not too different to having a discussion with someone about IT. It’s all about people relationships. I wouldn’t do this job without people interaction as I’m not really a techno geek. I just like things to be able to work.”

He says learning about Belkin’s product range took some getting used to.

“It’s a pretty small team in New Zealand and Stephanie our country manager has been really good [as a mentor]. Coming from Telecom where there were about 12 SKUs to Belkin, where there are over 2000, has meant it has been difficult to learn all the products so she has been great helping me with that.”

Boyd says Belkin is an innovative company. Some companies see a product, copy it and go and sell it, while he says Belkin comes up with the idea, develops it and takes the product to market.

“What excites me is that when the company comes out with a new IT product it is new and not just a copy. Other companies copy our products, which I guess is a pretty good sign that we’re leading the way.”

His advice to people entering the industry can be summed up in one word: passion. He says you need a passion for new things and enjoy investigating how products work and what benefits they’re going to have for the end user.

And Boyd says he would love to stay in the industry.

“I like how IT is ever evolving and there’s always something new on the horizon to look forward to. I wouldn’t mind getting into a marketing role, but at the moment I’m having fun with all the people that are involved in reselling our products.”

Away from work Boyd likes to take to the skies as he is going for his pilots licence. Currently he has about 15 hours flying time, with 40 hours needed to gain a licence.

“It’s a pretty expensive exercise. So far I’ve learnt how to take off and land. The first time I tried taking off I steered the plane off the runway onto the grass, which was a bit nerve racking.”

To keep his fitness levels up, Boyd plays social indoor cricket and touch rugby .

Playing the trumpet is another favourite pastime for Boyd, who used to play in a band at high school. Now he annoys his partner playing at home.

“I like playing show tunes and some Beatles songs. A Hard Day’s Night is one of my favourite tunes.”

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