Stan Beck

Occupation: Client Relationship Executive, Bottomline Technologies

First Car: 1958 Renault (that required NO key to start-it)

Favorite Restaurant: The Varsity - various GA locations

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

a).  I collect US Postage Stamps.
b).  I have attended most of the major sporting events in the world.
c.).  I have played poker (monthly) with the same guys for 35 years.

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

Traveling to numerous countries with my family (e.g., Tasmania was fun!)

What's your best childhood memory?

Growing up as a “gym rat” at the local YMCA.

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

I’d like to speak with my great-great-grandchildren when they are about 25 years old.

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

Started a high-tech company from scratch.

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

Collecting US Postage Stamps & placing small wagers (offshore) on sporting events.

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

I’m currently reading The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki.  My favorite book is the Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 by John Godey.

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

I woul like to see the country of Chile.

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

Alzheimer’s.  My Dad died of Alzheimer’s related symptoms.

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

Working for the Atlanta Sports Council, bringing major sporting events to the city.

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

Migrated into PS/Consulting while with major hardware companies (IBM, NCR).

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

Understand that a ‘services’ sale is quite different - that you, or someone has to IMPLEMENT what was sold.