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Alastair Allars, Solution Engineer, APAC

1 year at Ephesoft

The first words out of Alastair Allars’ mouth were, “It’s great here.” As our first Solution Engineer hired in the APAC region, he was recruited by our Vice President, APJ Andy Rootes, with whom he had worked before at Kofax as a Partner Development Manager. The opportunity to help build and support an entire region piqued his interest. As he moved through the interview stage with others at Ephesoft he was “blown away by the enthusiasm and desire to succeed.” It wasn’t just about the challenge of taking Ephesoft to the next level, but he felt that the employees he spoke to were like a family, with everyone marching down the road together.

Recalling his experience at his previous job, where he worked for 7 years, he considered it a bad working environment with poor communication as evidenced by the fact that he had never spoken to the CEO in his entire time there. After accepting the job at Ephesoft, he flew from his home in Australia to Ephesoft’s headquarters in Southern California for training. Upon arrival, the CEO called him and invited Alastair out to dinner with him and his wife. The open friendliness exuded by the entire executive team impressed him.

As a Solution Engineer, Alastair travels throughout the entire APAC region, including Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, New Zealand along with other countries. His favorite countries are Thailand, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong. Due to his frequent travels, he is now recognized at the airport by some of the workers! Because of the large region, the travel can be tiring, but it’s also what he loves about his job. “Experiencing different cultures and different approaches to use our software is fantastic. I’ve gotten to learn many of the cultural differences and greetings that differ with each country.”

In the past year, he’s seen great achievements in the region with tremendous growth in multiple areas ranging from the largest banks, government institutions, pharmaceutical companies to car financing and commercial companies. A common challenge for regional offices is often the lack of support and communication, but this has not been the case at Ephesoft. “Teamwork is fantastic at Ephesoft!” stated Alastair. He explained that he gets great support both locally and from his international colleagues in EMEA and from headquarters in the US.

“The best part about Ephesoft is the people and the way we work. We concentrate on what we’re best at. The company vision is focused. We’re best-of-breed and working with other best-of-breed partners to offer customers the best, most innovative solutions. We’re not just good, but brilliant!”

Work isn’t Alastair’s only passion. Born in Northern Ireland and growing up in England, he is a fan of almost every sport. He loves boxing, and hopes to compete one day in the Master’s Games (an “old people’s” boxing competition), although his daughter is wary of this! He loves rugby, football (aka soccer in the US) and going to the gym. After working on a project for Coca-Cola in Australia, he fell in love with the country and convinced his family to move there 14 years ago. They now live on the Central Coast outside of Sydney, so he spends a lot of time going to the beach and playing with his three granddaughters, ages 1, 2 and 7 years. And, being a well-rounded person, he loves music and telling very bad “dad” jokes to his kids.