1 KeepCaller, 10 Questions with AT, our CFO
Abdul Tawab Molvi, or AT as he is known around here, is the first KeepCalling employee. The company’s founder, Florin Miron, enlisted the help of his financial expert friend AT for his budding business. He is KeepCalling’s CFO (Chief Financial Officer), but he prefers to be the CFO as in Chief Figure it Out, as he likes to figure things out and solve problems.
AT works in our Atlanta office and he visits the headquarters in Sibiu regularly, because the majority of his team is in Romania. He is friendly and funny (as you’ll be able to see in the interview below), so we couldn’t pass the opportunity to get to know him better.
1. You’ve been with KeepCalling since its earliest days! How would you describe the company’s evolution until today?
“Keep moving forward” has been the common mantra of our journey.
We continue to innovate through our challenges. We all have grown together in this story of KeepCalling. We rely on ourselves to rise up to problems and as a team we continue to evolve and improve.
2. What is it like to manage a team spread on 2 continents?
At first it was different but now I feel it is essential. What is interesting is to observe how our culture and background generate different view points and approaches to work and life. Personally working with our team in Romania makes my morning more busy, which works out for me as I am the most productive in the first part of the day.
3. How would you describe what you do for a living to your kids?
I joke with them all the time that I am a bean counter. A funny way of calling myself an accountant. I feel kids should not focus on what their parents do for a living but rather how they live.
4. What’s the biggest satisfaction you have about your job?
To see our teams grow and take their skill and craft to the next level. Having this unique opportunity to support them and encourage them.
5. What about the biggest challenge?
Funny my biggest satisfaction is my biggest challenge. I genuinely feel sad when I see talented and smart people around us not apply themselves.
Finding a way to encourage them to perform to their best ability would be my biggest challenge.
6. What are you most proud of?
Our teams, their zeal to continue proving against odd.
7. What’s your favorite destination?
Frankly, I can’t say I have found one yet. Still looking.
8. A quote that inspires you is…
“As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.” – Rumi
9. What is your biggest motivation at the start of each day?
When you have four kids the motivation is to get them to school in time. Sorry, I don’t have an amazing answer.
10. If you had the chance to meet a famous person from the past, who would it be and why?
A tough one, as the answer to this question is influenced by what I am reading/experiencing at the period in my life. These days I am following very keenly the uncertainty in Pakistan. I would say I would really like to meet Muhammad Ali Jinnah to talk to him about what the hope of the founding father was and what has become of Pakistan.