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Callbox and Rom Agustin: Forging the Future of the Entrepreneurial Engineer

Callbox and Rom Agustin- Forging the Future of the Entrepreneurial Engineer

A once-in-a-generation genius once said that “… the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

His name was Steve Jobs.

He didn’t need a college degree to change the world. Nor was he crazy. But he was different, or rather, he thought differently. Before his name became synonymous with one of the most recognizable brands the world has ever known, he spent many of his hours cold-calling businessmen and corporations to help put up capital for his baby, the personal computer, if not developing it.

What could have happened to Steve Jobs (and to the world) had he gotten a college degree is anyone’s guess. For what it’s worth, we could all still be using our old Nokia phones running on Symbian OS. It makes you wonder what could have happened to Steve Jobs had there been an organization that was able to see his potential instantly and help him take off faster than he did.

When Callbox CEO Rom Agustin decided to forge a partnership with the University of Southern California-Viterbi School of Engineering and the Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition (MEPC), he was not just trying to fulfill a corporate social responsibility. He was paying it forward.

 

“This endeavor means so much to me because I see in it many parallels in my life. Before I tried my luck at ISP, consulting, and the BPO industry and succeeded, I started out as an Oil and Gas systems engineer where I learned to be systematic, to trust the process.  But it’s really tough for start-ups to build everything from scratch without any support,” said Agustin.


“That’s why when an opportunity came up for me and Callbox to be partners with the USC and MEPC and support all the gifted pool of innovators and entrepreneurs, I signed up in a heartbeat.”


The MEPC is an annual competition that aims to inspire, empower, and support innovators to turn their ideas into feasible business models — real products, companies, and solutions. It was founded by Fariborz Maseeh with a $1-million endowment and run by the University of Southern California – Viterbi School of Engineering. This year, 15 finalists will try to address challenges in topics spanning energy, health, safety, education, and our environment. As one of the major partners, Callbox, through Rom Agustin, pledged $10,000 in marketing services to the winner of the competition.

Rom is also excited to serve as one of the judges of the competition, which will have a winner by April 2017.


He said that “speaking to all the participants and sharing to them all my personal experiences as a serial entrepreneur and innovator and hopefully, inspiring them was definitely an unforgettable experience” but “they need something more tangible than inspiration.” 


That comes from someone who made up for not getting a lot of good breaks along the way by believing he could accomplish anything he put his mind into. And he did.

From a single-employee company 12 years ago, Callbox now employs more than 800 people in its five offices in North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia, and has catered to hundreds of Global 2000 companies from over 20 countries in the world. Rom wasn’t only the architect of company; he was pretty much the carpenter, foreman, and engineer at the same time. When pressed about his success, he said “It’s equal parts smarts and relentlessness. One cannot work without the other.” Fortunately, that’s the same potential and mentality he sees from the participants at MEPC.

“I am sure our sponsorship at MEPC will go a long way. I am aware some of the previous winners have gone on to establish noteworthy companies. It’s an honor to be part of this institution and to have an impact in other people’s success,” Rom Agustin said.

When you already have the smarts, sometimes, all you need to succeed are just good breaks and some support.

Related: Callbox on Money Mind: What a CEO Had Known About the Philippines Long Before its President Did

 

Get to know Rom Agustin in his article Focus on the Possibilities

Read his insightful ideas as a serial entrepreneur and his vision for Callbox. Read here..

 

Read more marketing tips and ideas, check out The Savvy Marketer’s Blog!

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Callbox and Rom Agustin: Forging the Future of the Entrepreneurial Engineer

Callbox and Rom Agustin- Forging the Future of the Entrepreneurial Engineer

A once-in-a-generation genius once said that “… the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

His name was Steve Jobs.

He didn’t need a college degree to change the world. Nor was he crazy. But he was different, or rather, he thought differently. Before his name became synonymous with one of the most recognizable brands the world has ever known, he spent many of his hours cold-calling businessmen and corporations to help put up capital for his baby, the personal computer, if not developing it.

What could have happened to Steve Jobs (and to the world) had he gotten a college degree is anyone’s guess. For what it’s worth, we could all still be using our old Nokia phones running on Symbian OS. It makes you wonder what could have happened to Steve Jobs had there been an organization that was able to see his potential instantly and help him take off faster than he did.

When Callbox CEO Rom Agustin decided to forge a partnership with the University of Southern California-Viterbi School of Engineering and the Maseeh Entrepreneurship Prize Competition (MEPC), he was not just trying to fulfill a corporate social responsibility. He was paying it forward.

 

“This endeavor means so much to me because I see in it many parallels in my life. Before I tried my luck at ISP, consulting, and the BPO industry and succeeded, I started out as an Oil and Gas systems engineer where I learned to be systematic, to trust the process.  But it’s really tough for start-ups to build everything from scratch without any support,” said Agustin.


“That’s why when an opportunity came up for me and Callbox to be partners with the USC and MEPC and support all the gifted pool of innovators and entrepreneurs, I signed up in a heartbeat.”


The MEPC is an annual competition that aims to inspire, empower, and support innovators to turn their ideas into feasible business models — real products, companies, and solutions. It was founded by Fariborz Maseeh with a $1-million endowment and run by the University of Southern California – Viterbi School of Engineering. This year, 15 finalists will try to address challenges in topics spanning energy, health, safety, education, and our environment. As one of the major partners, Callbox, through Rom Agustin, pledged $10,000 in marketing services to the winner of the competition.

Rom is also excited to serve as one of the judges of the competition, which will have a winner by April 2017.


He said that “speaking to all the participants and sharing to them all my personal experiences as a serial entrepreneur and innovator and hopefully, inspiring them was definitely an unforgettable experience” but “they need something more tangible than inspiration.” 


That comes from someone who made up for not getting a lot of good breaks along the way by believing he could accomplish anything he put his mind into. And he did.

From a single-employee company 12 years ago, Callbox now employs more than 800 people in its five offices in North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, and Australia, and has catered to hundreds of Global 2000 companies from over 20 countries in the world. Rom wasn’t only the architect of company; he was pretty much the carpenter, foreman, and engineer at the same time. When pressed about his success, he said “It’s equal parts smarts and relentlessness. One cannot work without the other.” Fortunately, that’s the same potential and mentality he sees from the participants at MEPC.

“I am sure our sponsorship at MEPC will go a long way. I am aware some of the previous winners have gone on to establish noteworthy companies. It’s an honor to be part of this institution and to have an impact in other people’s success,” Rom Agustin said.

When you already have the smarts, sometimes, all you need to succeed are just good breaks and some support.

Related: Callbox on Money Mind: What a CEO Had Known About the Philippines Long Before its President Did

 

Get to know Rom Agustin in his article Focus on the Possibilities

Read his insightful ideas as a serial entrepreneur and his vision for Callbox. Read here..

 

Read more marketing tips and ideas, check out The Savvy Marketer’s Blog!

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Callbox at Money Mind Show in Channel News Asia

“10 successful years has passed, 10 more fruitful years to come.”

That’s how Rom Agustin described and envisioned Callbox in his speech at Callbox’s Leaders’ Summit Conference. The conference covered quintessential leadership matter including Skills Development, Personal and Team Effectiveness, Rewards and Recognition, Work/Life Balance, and Creative and Innovative process Improvement which all focused on a single theme “Change”.

The high-spirited Callbox CEO himself led the conference and facilitated the core discussion about the company’s evolution and shared his vision for Callbox in the future.

Callbox, 10 years after it was first launched in 2004 in a small cafe in downtown Los Angeles, has grown into a trusted sales and marketing brand worldwide, with operations in the Philippines, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia and the UK.

“Look at how much we’ve changed…we’ve grown bigger, wider and wiser. However we won’t stop – we will continue to create, innovate, and evolve.”

These were Rom’s words that has served as mantra for everyone in Callbox – a driving force that encourages each mind to think and every hand to create.

The CEO’s undertaking, coupled with the team’s hard work has indeed yielded stellar results as Callbox received numerous awards and recognition since 2008, including consistently ranking for Sales Lead Generation Services in TopTenReviews. For Callbox, the global acclaim is an affirmation of its excellent performance and sage contribution to the evolving world of lead generation, which has not escaped the notice of Money Mind from Channel News Asia.

Money Mind is Channel News Asia’s top financial tv show featuring top Asian entrepreneurs and discussing topics about business ideas, commentaries about market, companies and the economy, and tips for investors. The show’s crew with their seasoned tv host Ms. Chor Khieng Yuit took a tour of the Callbox headquarters and documented a one-on-one interview with Rom who shared some interesting stories about himself and Callbox. The episode, expected to air soon, will showcase how Callbox thrives as a lead generation service provider despite the many challenges of the BPO (business process outsourcing) industry. The Callbox feature is part  of the show’s upcoming special episode about the diverse entrepreneurial environment in the Philippines.

For the Money Mind audience, the Callbox episode may just be one of those regulars seen every Saturday night at 10:30, but for Rom and the Callbox family it’s another feather to the hat for having been recognized as an exemplar business entrepreneur by the experts themselves.

Get into the box. Check out some behind the scenes pictures:

Callbox at Money Mind Show in Channel News Asia

Cameramen from Money Mind Show

 

Callbox at Money Mind Show in Channel News Asia

Callbox CEO, Rom Agustin and Money Mind Show Host, Ms. Chor Khieng Yuit

 

Callbox at Money Mind Show in Channel News Asia

Mr. Ian Cubing, Chief Operations Manager of Callbox

 

Know more about Callbox and find out why thousands of business owners around the world trust our smart marketing technology and proven prospecting processes.See what’s happening inside and outside box, check out Callbox news and events.

And get to know Callbox CEO, Rom Agustin in his article Focus on the Possibilities. Read through his insightful ideas as a businessman and look into his visions of the next 10 promising years for Callbox. Read here..

Watch out for Rom and Callbox on Money Mind this coming May 7, 2016 in Channel News Asia.

Repeats Sunday May 8th at 1030am

Monday May 9th at 930pm

Tue May 10th at 1030am

And wed May 11th at 430pm

 

Read more marketing tips and ideas, check out The Savvy Marketer’s Blog!

 

 

 

Callbox University – Continuing Education Program

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More than a decade back, I dreamed of getting myself somewhere; wanted to do more of the things I do best, and to change lives for the better.

The decade of persistence, ingenuity and hard work has brought me up to higher levels of success in the business, and globally spotlighted Callbox among trusted B2B industry name brands in sales and marketing.

We pride ourselves with the awards and honors bestowed on us – a recognition of our unwavering thirst for excellence and innovation.

But we just can’t stop.

We continue to reinvent ourselves to keep up with the rapid advancements in lead generation technology and strategies. And to be competitive, we equip ourselves with more knowledge and upgrade our skill sets in order to stay in the forefront of the business.

“Change” has taken us to be where we are now, and will take us further in the future. I took inspiration from this word which stirred my desire to get everyone in Callbox to constantly evolve through learning, acquire more skills and adapt best practices to go the extra mile.

And from which Callbox University – Continuing Education Program was conceptualized, and eventually launched.

Our thought Training and Development leaders create modules on Process Management Improvement, Sales & Marketing Strategies, Tools Optimization, and resourcefully research for useful information in drafting materials like eBooks and Infographics.

Callbox University – Continuing Education Program is comprised of the following:

Up Training for Management Skills Improvement for Leaders

In-classroom training facilitation to improve leaders’ management skills to uphold their team’s performance Kpis. Driving a “walk your talk” character as role models in their respective group.

Webinar Viewing & Participation for Agents and Leaders on Call Strategies

Scheduled viewing of webinars that impart customer-centric knowledge and solid prospecting strategies, making everyone become more involved by participating in knowledge check and feedback at the end of each session.

Up Training and Review Classes on Process Updates and Tools Optimization

In-classroom training facilitation on process and services updates, tools optimization mainly focusing on managed marketing automation, systems integration and quality.

Reading Materials like eBooks and Infographics

Distribution of reading materials to leaders and agents to review, and enhance knowledge retention of lessons/information discussed from in-classroom trainings.

HR & Administrative Processes

The learning opportunities through Callbox University – Continuing Education Program are not limited to the operational aspects of the business alone but spreads through the different sections of the organization which partly incorporates HR and Administrative Process Review as well.

Callbox University – Continuing Education Program brings out the best in each individual and in what he does. By learning and adapting change, each task becomes a commitment and each challenge coped, an achievement.

I continuously commit myself to achieve more for the better, not materially but personally – not for myself but for my family and the people who embody success in my craft, the people who fought tooth and nail with me since then until now and for the people I am living that dream with.

I want them to strive for themselves and to grow individually because everyone at Callbox is family.

More Inspirational Stories on Callbox:

Callbox Pays it Forward
Rom Agustin: Focus on the Possibilities
Empowering Women in Marketing: Get to Know Rebecca Matias

 

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