Conversation with Samra Savioz, PPG Services

Samra Savioz, PPG Services

PPG Services’ Business Development Executive on why the early morning and evenings are the best time to work, the importance of staying connected with your team and why if she had her way, everyone would embrace cycling as the ultimate relaxation tool.

What is the most cherished item in your home office?
My two French bulldogs. And the refrigerator, as I have now decided the kitchen has more windows and I need to see the sun.

What is your favorite time to get things done?
I like to get moving before the rest of the world is awake, so I am up bright and early. I also like to work late in the evenings.

What is the soundtrack that plays in the background of your office?
I stream Apple Radio and typically choose music from “Classic Alternative Radio.” For me, the more music the better.

What does a typical work day look like?
Anyone who knows me will tell you I am far from typical. I choose to approach everyday with the approach of atypical—expect the unexpected, and move with the flow, good or bad. In these difficult times, it is almost impossible to standardize. Plus, being atypical keeps things fun and interesting.

How are you staying connected with your team? Customers?
I stay connected via text, email and on social media platforms such as LinkedIn and Facebook. Our team likes to IM and we use Zoom and Skype.

Name the band you cannot take off your playlist.
The Grateful Dead

What are you binge watching right now?
I am not a fan of the Boob-Tube. I would rather be riding my bike(s).

What is the coolest thing you have done since the pandemic hit?
I have been afforded the opportunity to ride my mountain, gravel and road bikes more than ever before because of the non-traditional schedule we are now following.

Favorite comfort food.
Bourbon. Angel’s Envy, or is that dessert? My runner up is Peanut M&Ms.

Best advice you ever received?
Talk less. Listen more.

Biggest influence in your life?
My daughters, Baela and Remi.

What trait do you most admire?
I admire honesty. Never hide the truth.

What advice would you give your younger self?
Be more patient with yourself. You are good enough. Those who matter will appreciate you for who you are.

What is the first thing you are going to do when you are able to get back to some sense of normalcy?
That is a difficult one. I am quite content with my life. My work life, like many others, is the most difficult thing to manage, as every day there are many unknowns. If a sense of normalcy means that businesses will resume and allow us to have better confidence in our ability to see clients and communicate easier, then I will be able to arrange meetings that likely have more substance and feeling for both myself and my clients.

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