This week we sat down with Charles Bass, vice president of channel sales at Tegile Systems, a high-growth storage startup. Before joining Tegile in 2015, Charles accumulated over 25 years of sales, channel, marketing and business development experience at such companies as Promark, HP and LeftHand Networks.
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Bass: I worked at a print shop called “Down Town Graphics.” I made cookbooks for minimum wage in the basement of a large building downtown from where I lived. It was incredibly boring. Not like managing a channel. Really. Not at all.
The VAR Guy says: Top three most exciting jobs: Vegas high-roller, Hollywood stuntman, IT channel manager.
Bass: It is a dream truck. I somehow was born without the car-gene that has affected my father and brother from birth. I’ve never really been into cars. I bought a truck 15 years ago to haul kayaks with my daughters. I can’t imagine going back to a car now.
The VAR Guy says: Our editor-in-chief is based in Dallas, Texas, where a fully-loaded Chevy pickup is as much a status symbol as a Mercedes. Two thumbs up from us!
Bass: Marco Island, Florida. Beautiful beaches, beautiful weather, and a little bit of fishing.
The VAR Guy: Hey, it's a rough life, TVG readers. Somebody has to do it.
Bass: I’ll resist the urge to push more Hemingway. The best short book I’ve read in the last 10 years would have to be “The River God” by Roland Pertwee. Written just after WWI in London.
The VAR Guy: If you'd done Hemingway, this would have turned into a book club real quick. Ol' Ernie is one of our faves. Thanks for the recommendation for something new (well, new to us).
Bass: A Warbonnet XLC Blackbird hammock for a week on the Appalachian trail. I never thought a hammock could be so expensive and comfortable.
The VAR Guy: When it comes to napping, we're 100 percent in favor of splurging.
Bass: I’m really not addicted to any. I’ll watch pretty much anything that has the word “Alaska” in the title.
The VAR Guy: Hmm...pickup trucks, Appalachian Trail, Alaska. We're sensing a theme, here. Everybody outside!
Bass: I wanted to be a professional fisherman with a TV show. I have not let my lack of skill squelch my dream. I’m still preparing for it as a second career!
The VAR Guy: "Here's the pitch, boss: we send a former channel manager out to show viewers how not to catch fish."
Bass: “Jerry Maguire.” Good wins.
The VAR Guy: You had us at hello, Charles. You had us at hello.
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