Guardicorians Unite – Johnny Ashkenazi

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Not to brag, but we have the best people here at Guardicore. (It’s not bragging if it’s true.) 😏

We don’t just have the best software-based segmentation solution out there. Our people are the real product. In this series we want to showcase the awesome people who make up this tremendous company we call home. We’ll be doing these every two weeks so be sure to follow us so you don’t miss out on any of these peeps!

Today’s showcase is Johnny Ashkenazi, our killer International Head of Sales Development. 

You could say we put people at the… Centra.

So, just who is Johnny and why are we stoked to have him here?

You can read the rest of the blog or you can watch the interview. We like to be just as flexible on our content strategy as our software is for our customers. #shamelesspromotion

There's only ✨ one ✨ Johnny

There really is no one like Johnny. He’s never known a stranger – which is part of what makes him so good at what he does.

From his head down all the way down to his custom Guardicore Nikes, Johnny is a great example of the awesome personalities we have here. 

Even though he hasn’t ever officially done stand-up (or sit down) comedy, one of the things he’s the best at is making people laugh. If you have ever spoken to him, chances are it was the most fun conversation you had that day. 

He brings this to his customers and team every day. Our conversation turned into a bit of a sales and marketing podcast. 

If you’re looking for some great insight on how to be a better SDR, you’ll definitely want to check this video out. The gist is “be honest, make them laugh, and don’t be afraid to say the words ‘I don’t know.'” Sage advice for life too.

"If you could be any mythical creature, what would you be?"

“The first thing that comes to my mind is the Phoenix, because I want the wings.”

Classic Johnny. Most people would have said “because they rise from the ashes,” but true to form, he came out with an answer that is uniquely him. He mentioned “it was always either a big fish or a big bird – I’m gonna go with the bird, because it’s less wet.” Seems legit. 

This love was partially spurred from gliding once, where his love for flying was ignited. 

He did put up some fighting words saying he was “cooler than Big Bird.” Sounds like quite the memoir. 

"What do you love about being part of the Guardi-Fam?"

“That I’m not the smartest guy in the room. The people here are super smart and they are really cool people, and they’re funny in their own way.”

Once again, the people reign supreme. With people like Johnny here, it’s impossible not to smile every day.

Alright, that’s all I’ve got for now. It was so much fun sitting down with Johnny and can’t wait to do it with even more awesome Guardicorians!

Want some more?

If you want to get in touch with Johnny you can reach out to him via LinkedIn or Twitter.

Want to be part of this phenomenal team? Check out our Careers page. Or maybe you want to see what these awesome people contribute to on the daily? You can see a demo of Centra here.

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