Ballotti making greater strides

Professional destiny is not a plan, it is an attitude

11 May 2018 | People

Elizabeth Joseph

As if being a football coach wasn’t enough, Dino Ballotti still chased bigger dreams and ended up as the Business development executive at Old Mutual Investment Group in 2017.

Ballotti is a driven young Namibian who would stop at nothing to make a name for himself and to see the company he works for grow and reach greater heights.

After matriculation from Delta High School, Balotti pursued a career in football overseas. He then later enrolled at the University of Namibia (Unam) in 2006, majoring in Entrepreneurship with a Bachelor in Business Administration.

Two years later, Balotti proved to be very competent as he landed a teaching position at the St. Georges Diocesan College. He didn’t pass on the opportunity to be in a position of bringing about change through teaching. He taught Business Studies and Entrepreneurship.

By 2010 Ballotti graduated from the Unam. Shortly after he graduated, he joined Old Mutual as a learning facilitator in the Retail Advice Centre. After that, he moved on to be a Broker Consultant in the Broker Distribution Department. Ballotti didn’t stop there and soon after he took on the role as Production Manager in that same department. He managed to complete the Stellenbosch Business School Management Development Programme (MDP) before being promoted to his current position.

Ballotti is eager to see the company grow and move from strength to strength. He says that although Old Mutual Investment Group is at an average of over N$37 billion assets under management, he has no desire to leave it there. He is passionate about people and being a mentor and to give as much guidance as he can.

When Ballotti is not out, dribbling a ball, he is spending time with his wife and his two sons.

“I am thankful for the great culture and leadership as embedded in the Old Mutual Values – this challenges me to be a culture carrier by embracing situational change and agility. Being a proud Mutualite entails winning together and having a genuine interest in the success of others, always availing myself to learn and better understand the complex business environment, being obsessed with doing more and treating the company as if it is my own,” says Ballotti.

It was the British author, Simon Sinek who said: “You don’t hire for skills, you hire for attitude. You can always teach skills”.

It is clear that Ballotti had the right attitude and passion to position his professional growth and it is truly inspiring to know that Old Mutual provides such a great platform for development and career opportunities. Be sure to watch this space.

Fact Box

· A Broker Consultant can also act as an intermediary between a broker and an insurance underwriter.

· Dino Balotti is 31 years old.

· He used to be a football coach.

· He has been with Old Mutual since 2012.

· Dino Balotti used to be a teacher at the St. George’s Diocesan College.

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