Get To Know The Oakstone Team - Dan Hammond Smith

 
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Meet Dan Hammond Smith, Managing Consultant at Oakstone International

Why did you join Oakstone?
I actually met Paul and Andy 2 years ago and at the time I was in more of a situation where I was interested in building a company. After doing that I realised I enjoy being part of company where there a like minded people working with similar companies and are there to bounce ideas off.

I joined Oakstone because I liked the idea of having a great mentor like Paul who has had a proven amount of success and is someone I can look up to, and at the same time he has given me the autonomy and chance to build something of my own still within a stable, robust infrastructure.

How long have you been here?
7 months

What’s the best thing about the management?
The best thing is that nobody is the same, everyone has their own value that they bring to the table – whether that be structure or a certain way of thinking. At the same time I think that everyone has got a different skill set which makes the overall collective pretty good!

Worse thing about management?
They’re all too old apart from one of them (me).

Describe the culture

Family. It’s a nice open environment which, on the right days, are full of energy and involve everyone celebrating everyone’s success.  It all about working together to not just sustain but to now grow and develop more as company.  It’s great to be part of a company who really cares about everyone who is part of it and everyone is treated just as important as the person next to them – there is no hierarchy.

What do you do in your spare time?
I play golf and try and be outside as much as possible, enjoy good food, drink nice whisky, and make the most of living on the South Coast. I’ve always loved music and play guitar whenever I get the chance.

What makes you laugh?
My Dog Reggie, particularly his disdain for the lack of attention I give him when doing any of the above without him.

What makes you angry?
People not being punctual

What frustrates you?
Slow drivers

What your greatest strength?
My Memory

What are your Weakness?
I can’t say no to one more drink.