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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 11:26

Welcome to the family, Kim Van Schoor Endeavor Portfolio Associate

Kim van SchoorKim Van Schoor joined the Endeavor team in May 2017 as an intern, and quickly graduated to Endeavor Portfolio Associate at the Cape Town office. As we bid farewell to Cara Eachus, we welcome Kim into the family and look forward to seeing the great work she will do for all our fantastic entrepreneurs.

1. Could you give us some personal background? (Where you grew up, single/married, children, hobbies, etc.)

I grew up in Kloof, KZN. I am married and have three children (two boys and a girl). I love the outdoors, exploring new cities and towns and spending time with my family.

2. Please share some background on your career prior to Endeavor.

I studied a Bachelor of Business Administration with my majors in Business Management and Communications. This led me to a career in marketing where I did the marketing for a commercial property company (commercial rentals, shopping centres and hotels) and managed all the marketing materials, websites and staff intranet. We then moved up to Pretoria where I ran the Marketing Department at The Urology Hospital. This was a great learning experience for me as I had not had a medical background, but I loved the interaction between the Specialists and the hospital management, also organising all events (internal and external). We then moved back down to Cape Town when I had my third child and wanted a bit more flexible time so started my own online marketing and social media company whereby I did contract work for SMMEs. I really enjoyed this but still felt quite isolated working for myself, therefore when this Endeavor opportunity came around I was so grateful, and I’m looking forward to learning and growing with the Endeavor Team!

3. What motivates you/ what is your personal philosophy?

I believe that we need to use our God-given talents to the best of our ability and never settle in a comfort zone. Change is never easy but its always good because it moves us forward!

4. Why did you choose to work at Endeavor?

I love the heart behind Endeavor, the fact that the fundamental reason for us to source high-impact Entrepreneurs is to grow businesses in South Africa and to create more jobs.

5. What are you most excited about in your new role?

I’m excited about meeting new people and about being a part of the ‘next big businesses’ in our country. And by doing this, hopefully contributing in my small way to the betterment of our economy.

6. What are the top five things you want to focus on in your first quarter at Endeavor?

  • I want to focus on growing personal relationships with my work colleagues and the prospective business leaders that I meet.
  • I would like to do my work with excellence making sure I always portray a professional work ethic.
  • I would like to meet and exceed my KPIs.
  • I would like to learn as much as possible about Endeavor locally and globally and even go and observe an ISP.
  • I would like to be known as reliable and someone to be trusted in this industry/space.

7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself (hopefully still at Endeavor!) maybe having expanded into other parts of South Africa (KZN, Eastern Cape, etc). Regardless of where I will be, I would like to be working with passion for a cause that is greater than myself.