Peter Sa

Occupation: VP Global Services and Education, Vision Solutions

First Car: 1983 Camaro Z28 with Crossfire Fuel Injection. It was sweet!

Favorite Restaurant: Greek Islands Restaurant, Chicago IL

What are three things most people don't know about you?

a). I was born in Montreal, Canada
b). I sang and played guitar in a band during college
c). I entered and completed two ”Body for Life“ challenges with my wife

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

Moving from Rochester, MN for a job as a Services Executive in NYC.  Now that was a change in life style.

What's your best childhood memory?

Getting my first dog.  It was a Yellow Labrador Retriever and I called him Oscar after the Odd Couple.  Not sure why I did that but it seemed like a good idea at the time.

If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?

Herb Brooks, Coach of the Miracle on Ice team.  I would like to discuss his leadership approach.  To be able to take a bunch of college kids and win a gold medal in the Olympics was an incredible accomplishment.

What's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life?

Completing the IBM Sales training program in the 80’s.  It was an experience I will never forget.  I learned lessons that I still use today.

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

Playing ice hockey.  It’s required in Canada.

What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?

I read mostly financial and health magazines.  Smart Money is my favorite.  I hope to get a lot smarter…

Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?

Alaska (Denali) while it is still somewhat wild.

If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?

Make a Wish Foundation.  I like the idea of giving people hope and possibly making a difference.

If you weren't on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?

Sales.

What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?

I started as a Systems Engineer for IBM, Managed a Support Center for IBM and then accepted a position as a Services Executive for IBM.  After 12 years I left to join smaller companies and held positions as Director of Training Services, Consulting Services eventually leading to my current position as VP of Professional Services.

What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?

You have to love making your clients successful and develop a thick skin.