Bob Hertel, from our travel department, is a man of few words but exhibits sly humor and wise observations. As a long-timer in the industry, Bob helps us create outstanding travel programs filled with “Wow!” moments that motivate people to be sure to attend the following year! Keep reading, and watch the short video (like I said, few words…), to learn more about Bob! Thanks, Bob, for letting us Get to Know you better.
What’s your title and how long have you been in the incentive industry and at VIKTOR/Motivation Excellence?
I’m the Travel Purchasing and Planning Manager. It’s been 17 years in the incentive business with VIKTOR and now Motivation Excellence, but 25 years total in the events industry.
What does your job entail?
Working with sales to understand a client’s needs. Sourcing vendors. Building budgets. Building proposals. Vendor relations.
What’s something special about the people you work with that you’d like to share?
It’s a good group of people who really care about the clients and their guests.
What’s an unknown or odd talent you have?
It’s unknown for a reason.
What motivates you to accomplish things in your life (work or personal)?
Being able to provide a comfortable life for me and my family.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Watching and attending Michigan State football and basketball games. Home improvement. Building sets for musicals when my kids were in high school.
One thing that always makes you laugh is?
Any clever comedy. I really dislike formulaic comedy (think Friends).
What have you done that helped you get through the pandemic?
A ton of home improvement.
What is the most unusual job you’ve ever had?
Cue cards for a Disney Channel show.
This month, our theme for social media is about competition and how it can benefit both personal and professional growth. How do you feel about competition? Do you regularly use it to meet goals?
I like competition and generally think it’s healthy. Do I use it to meet goals… not really. I try to compete with myself to improve. When I see people competing to be the smartest one in the room, it generally does not help get anyone across the finish line any better or faster.