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Bop’s Lunch with the CEO

There are three things that we know about Brad Norman and Glen “Bop” Buenaventura. The former is Taking You Forward’s founder and CEO, while the latter is one of the most well-liked employees in this Cebu call center company. Lastly, we all know that they are supposed to share a meal together, as prize for last year’s Selfie with the CEO contest.

And even though it took quite a while to make it happen, these two finally had the chance to do so over Tavolata’s pizza, salad, and what Bop jokingly referred to as mahal na water. Conversations were not limited during their meal, as they were able to talk about a lot of things – life, the company, beer, relationships, etc.

Bop was kind enough to sit down with us for a few minutes to talk about the experience. With a smile on his face, he recalled how their lunch went, what they talked about, and most of all what it was like to eat with your boss.

Of all the topics they’ve covered, the one that Bop can never forget is when he opened up to Brad about his relationship. For him, it was amazing that the person who is the head of the company, the one who makes executive decisions, is the same person who’s now giving him advice on the love department. It also matters to him that these words of wisdom were spoken from one Christian to another.

Another thing he shared to us is Brad’s love for beer, a topic which the CEO is clearly an expert on. They had an interesting talk on which one is his favorite and the ones that he thinks are sh**ty (excuse our French).

In person, the big boss, according to Bop, is very fun to be with, relaxed, and very personable. He was never business-like during their talks. Instead, he was just himself.

When asked to describe the overall experience, Bop only had one word to say: AWESOME. For him, it’s something that should be done more often and with other TYF employees. He also went on to say that, “you’re not just talking to a CEO; you are talking to a person.”

Given the opportunity to send Brad a message; this is what he wishes to convey to him: It’s my pleasure having lunch with you. I’m also grateful that I was able to talk to you about life, about Christianity. There are a lot of things that I’ve been thankful about this company. Hopefully, I can sit down with you again one of these days.”

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