The Faces of Point2 – Jeff Salisbury

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JeffS1Title: Inside Sales Executive
Started at Point2: January 2012

A perpetual joker, Canadian soccer fanatic, and self-promoted”President For Life” of the current non-existent Saskatoon City Football Club, Jeff is quite the character. When not busy making sales, he can be found chatting and entertaining people around the office with corny jokes and soccer fun facts.

We asked Jeff to answer a few questions about himself. Here’s what he had to say:

What is your favorite type of music?
I love stuff from about 1989 to 1999 – my friends say I live in the 90s. Early 90s skate punk like NOFX and Lagwagon, grunge like Nirvana and older Sound Garden, even some 90s techno like 2Unlimited and Culture Beat. I’m sort of all over the 90s map it seems. My all-time favourite band, though, has to be Rammstein from Germany. I’ve seen them three times. The first time friends and I flew out to Quebec City to see them in front of 250,000 people at the Quebec City Summer Festival.

If you have an hour of free time to spare, what do you do with it?
I’m a Twitter addict, so I’ll probably end up wasting most of it on Twitter. I’m also one of those crazies that stands, sings, and chants in the supporters sections at soccer matches, so if there isn’t soccer to watch on tv then I’ll read the millions of different blogs and news articles on Canadian and World soccer. It used to be where I’d be playing in a soccer match but I picked up a couple of serious injuries early this season – separated shoulder for one – so my doctor has set out the ultimatum that I have to take a full year off to allow my body to heal.

What kinds of food do you like?
I love pizza and could eat it for every meal of every day. I also love Italian food and will usually opt for something more of the Italian variety when out at restaurants. I also have an incurable chocolate addiction. I’ve once eaten an entire Toblerone bar in a single sitting and am not ashamed to admit it. C’mon, gimme some cred.

What is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled?
Definitely Chester in England. During my family’s tour of England and Scotland that we did 10 years ago, one of our stops was in Chester. It’s close to the Welsh border, so its Englishness is sort of softened with a touch of Welsh influence. The reason I found it so interesting is that when we got out of the tour bus it almost seemed like we were back in Saskatoon. It had to be the least English place we visited, so it was really unusual to step out of the tour bus and almost feel like we were back home. I remember how weird it was because we parked across the street from an elementary school, and after stepping off the bus I immediately noticed that the design of the school was almost the same as the elementary school I went to here in town. It was uncanny.

What do you like best about your job?
Point2 has immense opportunity for growth, and because of that my role is going to continue to evolve. It’s great knowing that the company is growing so much, and will require different parts of my personal skill set. From keeping in contact with current clients to doing live presentations at Realtor conferences and travelling around Canada and the US, it’s never a dull day here at Point2. Oh, and all those other people I work with, they’re pretty good (hat tip to our Point2 crew!)

If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or historical, who would it be?
It would actually be a few people. The first on the guest list would be Jason DeVos, former Canadian National Soccer Team defender. He is heavily involved in essentially the movement to reform soccer development throughout the country, something I put a lot of my spare time towards while serving on the Board of Directors of Saskatchewan Soccer. Second would be Craig Forrest, former Canadian National Soccer Team goalkeeper. He has played in the highest leagues in Europe and would surely have stories to tell. Third would be James Easton, who recently wrote The Easton Report, which focuses on creating a pan-Canadian pro soccer league. Finally it would be Tony Fonseca, who is Canada Soccer’s Technical Director, and is currently redesigning the entire development structure for soccer athletes in Canada.

What are the words you live by?
A single word really: Simplicity. I believe that happiness comes from keeping your life free of bad stress, basically keeping it simple while going out and having fun. You talk to a lot of people who aren’t happy, and they all have negative stressors in their lives that are robbing them of their ability to be happy. I do what I can to try and keep myself from getting bogged down in negative stress situations.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
My ultimate dream is to be President of a professional soccer team based here in Saskatoon. It’s actually on the horizon now too, as a recent report released by the Canadian Soccer Association is calling for a nation-wide soccer league, and Saskatoon fits the bill as one of their city targets almost perfectly. Keep your eyes peeled for Saskatoon City Football Club with President For Life Jeff Salisbury, esq.

What are some things on your bucket list?
To be involved in a soccer riot in Turkey (the fans over there are out of control, it’s awesome!), to travel to as many different soccer stadiums for live games as possible, to learn to fly, to become President For Life of Saskatoon City Football Club, and to travel to another planet and party with aliens (I love Star Trek, c’mon it could happen!)

What online sites do you visit?
I love CanadianSoccerNews.com, the soccer podcast I do with two friends from Regina will be hosted on RedNationOnline.com, I’m a Twitter addict so lots of tweeting at Twitter.com, Space.com, StarTrek.com, Counter-Attak soccer blog from TheScore.com, and MemeBase.com.

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