Staff Spotlight: Veni

Name: Venirose Salamat
Job title: Marketing Officer
Has been in Akubo since: July 13, 2020
Education: BSBA Major in Marketing Management, Polytechnic University of the Philippines
3 Words to describe yourself: Saved by Grace

Tell us about your career so far. What did you do before you came to Akubo?

I was a Marketing and Sales Associate before. After almost 3 years, I became a Trade Marketing Specialist in the same F&B Company.

What projects do you work on?

Since I’m in a client-facing field, I handle all our clients and prospects and monitor them as well. I’m also overseeing the brand image of the company.

What originally drew you to apply to Akubo? 

Last February, my sister’s friend/ex-workmate (and now my workmate, Hi Ate Rochele!) messaged me that they were looking for a Marketing person. At that time, I was not ready to leave my company yet so I declined the opportunity. But due to the pandemic, my previous company is one of the most affected so I had to look for a better opportunity that will give me a stable financial income. Luckily the position is still open.  I really wanted to work in the I.T industry since I already have knowledge about technology.

How did you decide to become a Marketing Officer and what do you like about it?

Looking back when I was in high school, all I wanted was to take any business-related course, since my dream is to have my own business. When I was in college, I was asked to choose between human resource development or marketing as my major. I opted to take marketing and I just fell in love with it.

One thing that I really love with Marketing is that I am able to talk to different people. Talking with different personalities gives you additional learning, a new perspective, and sometimes opens an opportunity.

What’s the most rewarding part of being in Akubo?

Akubo has a soft spot for organizations/businesses who didn’t notice yet the advantages of having a database. As a Marketing Officer in Akubo, I share how we can help them build and organize their contacts such as customers, donors, volunteers, beneficiaries, etc. and how to connect with them to help them fulfill their goals. Once our clients learn it, I find it very rewarding. It’s about learning and sharing.

Tell us about a typical day at work

I can’t start my day without coffee. So when I open my laptop, automatically, there’s a coffee beside it. While sipping, I’ll check my emails, messages and tasks then work on it for the rest of the day.

What do you look forward to learning?

I look forward to learning the backbone of technology. I’m really amazed every time there’s an app or software that has been developed. I want to earn that skill as well because I realized that technology can help thousands of lives.

What things are you excited about Marketing or life in general?

Socialization and finding friends. Though most of the time I’m an introvert, but yeah, I like to attend events, gatherings or even meetings and experience the happenings and observe the people.

What do you find most challenging about your work? How do you deal with it?

Right now, it’s about closing the deal with the client. Since I’m still on the stage of knowing the process of the company and the framework of the product and how it works – at the same time, meeting the clients and persuading them to subscribe with us – that’s really thrilling and challenging for me. But since it’s my job, it’s a matter of acceptance and determination.

Who/What inspires you?

Of course, my family. Another thing that inspires me is my hope that I’ll become a better version of myself every day.

How do you define success?

For me, success is when you feel proud of yourself.

Tell us about 3 Career lessons that you’ve learned so far

  1. Communication is the key.
  2. Learn to adjust and adapt.
  3. Normal doesn’t always mean right.

What does Akubo mean to you?

Akubo is a small family but with a big vision.


Tell us what your ideal day looks like

In a beach house, sipping coffee while the music is playing.

Comfort Food

Cheeseburger with Medium fries upgrade to Iced Coffee Vanilla, Love ko ‘to

If you could swap places with someone else for a day, who would it be?

A 7-year-old child playing in the street.