Going Above & Beyond: Meet our Account Team at Singular Sliema
The small & sunny European island of Malta is not only the perfect holiday destination but also an igaming hub for professionals & enthusiasts. Many igaming companies have their HQ here, including Singular as well. Our main office is located in a small resort town called Sliema, where our sales & account management operations are done by an incredibly talented team that grew significantly in the past year (and still keeps on growing!)
Ladies and gents, we present to you our Account Team: Phillip Pistauer, Head of Account Management, Alistair Higginson, Key Account Manager & Patrick Humphreys, Account Manager.
P.S. We have a pineapple pizza fan over here… Read to find out who! 😉
First things first – let’s spill some beans! Tell us a bit about yourself.
Phillip: My name is Phillip Pistauer 😊 my background has been quite international as my father was a trade commissioner for the Austrian diplomatic core. My mother’s parents were from the Netherlands, but she is a first-generation South African. I have spent most of my life “on the road” having lived in Nigeria, Kuwait, Austria, Belgium, South Africa, back to Austria and now Malta for the last 5 years. Generally, I love good food, great beer, even better conversations and laughs. I am quite a nerd in my private life as well with a big interest in gaming, fantasy, and technology.
Alistair: So I was born and raised in Evesham, Worcestershire in the middle of England and moved to Malta in 2012. Initially, I came here to train as a commercial pilot but the company that was sponsoring my training went bankrupt shortly after I arrived. I then decided to stay in Malta and initially worked in the hospitality industry before taking up a career as an English Language Teacher. Doing that job required me to work half of the year here in Malta and the other half in Valencia, Spain. Eventually, I realised that I’d much rather live in Malta on a permanent basis so decided to begin a career in iGaming.
Patrick: My name is Patrick. I’m Irish and have been living in Malta for the past 8 years. I was previously a professional poker player for a decade before entering the iGaming world.
How did your journey with Singular begin?
Phillip: I was approached by a recruiter but once I had some initial conversations with the owners, I felt very much aligned in my thoughts on this industry and liked their outlook on business and tech.
Alistair: I started working for Singular in February 2020. I was essentially ‘head-hunted’ by a recruiter. I was persuaded to attend an interview which then led to a second one. Having then realised that Singular was probably one of the best companies to be working for I decided to make the jump and since then haven’t looked back.
Patrick: I started in the Malta office in February. We were a really small team then but we are growing and growing and it’s really exciting to be a part of this journey.
Overall, describe how you feel working at Singular by using just one word? 😀
What motivates you in life? Is there a quote you live by, or maybe you have a role model you look up to?
Phillip: I have never been interested in the “sprint” but understand that life is rather a marathon. Do not run too fast or you may stumble. I have always taken the slow and steady route in life and in my career so far. At home, we live simply by “Be happy and be healthy”. The second one I am working on as I put on a lot of “corona fat” sitting at home a lot this year 😊.
Alistair: Hard to say really, can’t say I’ve ever given it much thought.
Patrick: To be the best I can be at anything I do. The role model would probably be Roy Keane (Irish footballer). He wasn’t as technically gifted as most players but his will to win and determination turned him into one of the greatest players ever!
So, we know that you are an Account Manager by day, but what is your superpower at night? Any hobbies you want to share with us?
Phillip: Nothing too spectacular I’m afraid 😊 mainly I’m a big gamer in my free time. I don’t just play AAA titles but enjoy playing games from smaller studios to see what creative variety is out there. I like to read (at the moment: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars and Don’t Be Evil). I used to love hiking and climbed Kilimanjaro years ago. Something I would like to get back into!
Alistair: I’ve discovered an amazing ability where I’m able to binge-watch 4 films in a row. Given that I originally wanted to become a pilot, I’ve taken up flying small aircraft as a hobby. Also, during the summer in Malta, I enjoy going on adventure hikes and camping in remote places.
Patrick: Don’t have any superpowers to my knowledge! But I enjoy sports a lot. I play football and squash regularly and am also a keen chess player!
Just for fun… Answer THIS or THAT 😀
COFFEE or TEA?
EARLY BIRD or NIGHT OWL?
Phillip: Night owl
Alistair: Night owl
Patrick: Early bird
DOG or CAT?
Phillip: Why not both?
HORROR or COMEDY?
And last, the burning question that will solve our pineapple pizza fan mystery… 🥁🥁
PIZZA WITH or WITHOUT PINEAPPLE?
Phillip: How can people be so cruel to poor pizzas?
Patrick: With pineapple – of course!
Having solid client relationships is at the very core of Singular’s partner-centric approach and finding the right people for the task is a big challenge. We’re happy that we’ve overcome it by having Phillip, Patrick, and Alistair as our account team!
However, there are many teams responsible for the success of Singular. The truth is – this can be you as well. If you’re willing to accept a challenge and work on award-winning software, check out our open vacancies. Take your chances to #BeOutstanding and apply to become a part of the Singular team!
In the meantime, stay tuned for our next edition of #MeetTheTeam! 👋