Chaminda Wijesundera

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, Vancouver

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Here’s a brief personal snapshot - As for anyone who lives and breathes a Sales career, there’s been some big highs and plentiful frustrations (thankfully someone had the common sense to invent beer)…

I spent my childhood growing up in small town England, then as a mid-teen I came to Ontario, Canada, where I polished off a BA in Fine Arts Cultural Studies at York University and afterwards a BBA in Business Entrepreneurship at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver. After many years of travelling I came to Vancouver in 2006 and am proud to call it home. I love the quality of the powder I ride my board on in the Winter, the coarse granite I rock climb in the Summer and the thick, rolling waves I surf close by during the Fall.

I got my first Sales position at a start-up marketing agency that paid me nickels and worked me to the bone – which I was more than happy to do since it gave me the first “Account Manager” title on my resume. Soon after I found myself as an independent Sales agent for various digital brands in the web development and online marketing world. I loved running my own business, selling multiple lines of marketing services to SMEs and having full career independence. This era came to an end as I realized that I still had much to learn about the business world and opportunities in the recruitment sector caught my eye.

I then signed up at an awesome Australian recruitment marketing firm. We pounded the phones and fostered relationships with large national enterprises for their recruitment marketing projects. I really enjoyed discussing recruitment attraction issues, strategy and consulting to the HR vertical. I developed a solid knowledge of the recruitment industry in this role and a strong Western Canada client roster as well. After some years there I chose to learn the ropes of recruitment at a fantastic mid-sized Vancouver organization, where I specialized in Industrial Sales recruitment for the BC region. The company I joined taught me everything in terms of making high level Sales placements for top tier employers. I grew to absolutely love the role – my candidates were heavy Sales hitters in the BC region and my clients were leading Sales Managers & VPs. I was successful at growing top revenue earning Sales teams in Vancouver and wanted to expand my career horizons.

Jamie and I had been in touch for at least 3 years by this stage and grown to become friends. Upon a chat about business we discussed a partnership with Sales Talent Agency. With the largest and most prolific roster of Sales professionals in Canada, Sales Talent Agency really spoke to me in terms of how I want to service my Industrial client base and grow market penetrating Sales teams. Marrying this top tier roster with my national client relations and 5 years of personal recruitment experience, I’m proud to say the fit is perfect. Jamie and I shook hands and here I am…

For the love of sales!