Name: Wim De Groote
Location: Verstraete IML- Belgium
Current Position: Graphic Designer
How long have you been with the company? 13 years
What does your typical day involve? I’m responsible for designing the internal and external communication tools (newsletters, company brochures, innovation brochures, HR communication, etc.)
What do you like best about your job? Much variation, brainstorming with the marketing colleagues (about social media actions, about new cool marketing stuff, etc.)
How did you get started in this industry? I’ve been working for more than 25 years in the beautiful graphic world! At Verstraete IML, I took part of the prepress department for 11 years. I experienced at first hand the evolution from traditional typesetting and designing work to the digital era.
What are your favorite sports or pastimes? I play trumpet in a brass band, I enjoy playing tennis, I like doing trips with my wife and son, and I’m also doing some falconry (I’m fascinated by birds of prey)
Do you have a favorite sports team that you root for? The Belgian “Red Devils” (football/soccer)
What would people be surprised to know about you? That I’m a little (really amateurish) comedian and presenter (quiz, stand-up comedy)
What is your favorite band, movie, or book? Band: Robbie Williams – Movie: all the movies with Jim Carrey
What was your favorite holiday/vacation? Our trip to Winnipeg (Canada) in 2000, to visit our family.
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? To make the step from the prepress department to the exciting marketing department