SalesCamp’s Alumni Community

We’re always bragging about the impressive and amazing accomplishments of our grads. Not only do they make us prouder each day but their stories and experiences are the heart and soul of why we developed SalesCamp.

Check out some of the stories from within our community to see what our grads are getting up to after SalesCamp and how they used what they learned to explore new and exciting opportunities.


Meet our alumni



Alicia Haber, Business Manager, TopHat

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Tell us more about your background. .

Prior to SalesCamp I worked in the Automotive industry. I had grown up in the industry and was super familiar with the ins and outs of how it worked and the opportunities that it offered. I was being groomed to run my family’s business but due to unforseen circumstances and a changing market for our products, the business was forced to close up shop. I used my skills in the industry to transition to a new role in the luxury travel agency and it was then that I discovered my true love for sales.

Fast forward a couple years later, I moved to Toronto and began a new job search. I decided to go back into what I knew best to start, the automotives industry, and found lots of opportunities. After a couple of years I decided it was time to take a new challenge. I had heard about Toronto’s tech industry and the growing number of opportunities for sales professionals but found it very challenging to land a job at any of the tech companies I was applying to. I was told that I needed tech experience and I obviously didn’t have any. This is when I heard about SalesCamp and decided to apply and give the program a shot.

Why did you decide to attend SalesCamp? 

I decided to attend SalesCamp because I really wanted to switch industries and tech is where I saw myself next. 

How has SalesCamp helped you take the next step in your career?  

There are so many different reasons why SalesCamp helped me take the next step in my career. It was more than just a month of sales training. We built a community - I have lifelong friends now. 

SalesCamp connected me with top tech companies and set me up for success when meeting them.  We did interview prep and reformatted our resumes.  I learned a lot through out the journey and it definitely helped me get to where I am now. 

What did you like most about SalesCamp? 

I really liked everything about SalesCamp. The course was great, the people were amazing and the support from everyone is ongoing.

What advice would you offer to someone who is considering SalesCamp?

Take a chance – you might land your dream job! 


Henrique Raboch, Business Development Rep, Givex

 
 
 
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Can you tell us about who you are and where you currently work? 

I have years of experience in B2B sales back in my home country, came to Canada to study and after SalesCamp I work as a Business Development Manager at Givex

What industry were you working in prior to SalesCamp?  

Back in my home country I used to work in the textile industry. While studying here in Canada, I worked part time in the consumer electronics industry.

Why did you decide to attend SalesCamp? 

For someone with sales experience but not actual experience in the tech industry, I felt like I was constantly in disadvantage when interviewing for the positions I was aiming for, so SalesCamp happened right when I needed.

How has SalesCamp helped you take the next step in your career? 

Exposing me with real life scenarios that allowed me to understand and train the types of skills required, and to actually showcase a bit to potential employers.

What did you like most about SalesCamp? 

Connecting with people, either being my cohort, facilitators, organizers, and, naturally, the hiring companies.

What advice would you offer to someone who is considering SalesCamp? 

Do it. Best ROI I've seen.


Luke Dotto, Academic Relationship Manager, Riipen

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Can you tell us about who you are and where you currently work?

I currently work as an Academic Relationship Manager at Riipen in their Toronto office. It's a great fit for me, I came into Sales Camp as a policy expert and lobbyist in the higher education sector and Riipen is an education technology company. Riipen is an online marketplace which connects professors to businesses to embed project-based experiential learning in students' curriculum. Students work on real-world problems for companies and gain course credit for their work, while also establishing themselves as competitive applicants for openings at the company.

What industry were you working in prior to SalesCamp?  

I was working in policy and politics. I was a lobbyist for graduate students and represented their interests to the provincial government.

Why did you decide to attend SalesCamp? 

I wanted to get into the tech sector in a policy-focused role but found it difficult to convince tech companies of the value of political experience and a policy background. We just spoke different languages. I decided I needed to diversify my skill set and gain some real practicable business skills as that was a language which tech companies would understand. I decided on sales because it leveraged my existing talent for building relationships and communicating ideas. SalesCamp was a natural fit.

How has SalesCamp helped you take the next step in your career? 

I wouldn't be in my position without SalesCamp that's for sure. SalesCamp helped bridge a divide between myself and the world in which I wanted to work. SalesCamp saw the value in someone with a different skill set and experience than those who traditionally work in sales. That vote of confidence was the difference-maker for me because once I was accepted, I knew I would both learn the skills I needed to and apply the skills I already had just in a new environment.

What did you like most about SalesCamp? 

Access to motivated employers. Let's break that down though; access is so important as I found it to be the biggest barrier to successful employment. SalesCamp brings in employers not just to network with you but to engage with you. You have opportunities throughout the week to show your skills to these employers in a way which you are never afforded during a traditional job application and interview process.

Additionally, the fact these employers are motivated and in need of hiring for immediate openings also overcomes a significant barrier in the traditional job search; just finding people who are hiring. They are motivated not just to hire but to hire from SalesCamp meaning they have already recognized and accepted the value of your candidacy. SalesCamp is a two-way road where everyone meets in the middle, it's not all on you to convince an employer of your worth; they recognize your worth already. That's rare in today's job market.

What advice would you offer to someone who is considering SalesCamp? 

Do something that is ‘uniquely you’, something the other attendees don't do or don't do as well. Leverage that and double down on it, that's how you stand out to the employers throughout the week and that's how you can successfully engage with your fellow classmates. Focus on what you do best because everyone there is exceedingly talented in their own way.

Anshul Punetha, National Account Manager, Canada Six Fortune

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Can you tell us about who you are and where you currently work? 

I am a sales and marketing specialist with cross-functional, multi-industry experience.

I’m currently employed with Canada Six Fortune, the leading national importer and distributor of Asian food, I manage the Walmart relationship for the business.

What industry were you working in prior to SalesCamp?  

Prior to SalesCamp I was working in Broadcast media -and television ad sales.

Why did you decide to attend SalesCamp?

SalesCamp offered the right blend of coaching, peer learning and industry interface, all of which were tremendous value adds to a relative newcomer like me.

How has SalesCamp helped you take the next step in your career? 

SalesCamp has helped me develop and sharpen an overview of the sales process. It has also helped me introspect, and enhanced my ability to identify customer needs / concerns and create / communicate value

What did you like most about SalesCamp? 

The design and structure of the material, the focus on practice, the follow up sessions, the diversity of the cohort and consequent peer learning.

What advice would you offer to someone who is considering SalesCamp? 

My advice would be to not think twice. Whether you’re experienced or newbies, sales or non-sales - this is an invaluable and potentially life-altering experience for all.


Our next cohort is launching September 23, 2019. Apply now to secure a space.


Want to hear more about our grads? Still have questions about SalesCamp?

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