You know, I love success stories, and I love it even more when I help influence one…
Today, I’m extremely proud to announce the promotion of Falakonian extraordinaire Saba Saleem to General Manager of the DreamBody Centre (DBC).
I first met Saba back in 2003 or 2004. My only business at the time was Zen-Do (my former martial arts school) and I was located in a converted squash room in our family compound. Zen-Do was growing fast and I needed someone to help me with the admin.
I put out and advert for “Membership Assistant”, and one of the applicants was this confident and slightly cocky Pakistani girl. During the interview I remember asking her a question related to tidiness, and she replied saying something like “I’m very messy but I always get things done.”
Now, this is where Saba and I remember things differently. As I remember it, I never made her an offer, and eventually hired someone else. Saba says that I did make her an offer, which she politely rejected. Anyway, not that it matters now.
Fast forward to 2007, and former DBC GM Gero Presser and I are interviewing candidates for the soon to be opened DreamBody Centre. And who applied? That cocky Pakistani girl!
She did well in the interview and got hired as a “Circuit Advisor”. I think she stayed in that position for a year or so until I moved her to Zen-Do as Membership Advisor. She stayed there for about a year, and did so well in that position that I promoted her to Operations Manager for both DBC and Zen-Do. Her title was soon expanded to “Marketing and Operations Manager”, covering both Zen-Do and DBC.
Well, today she was promoted to General Manager, a position that was vacant for about a year and a half. What I love about Saba is her pro-activeness and her “can-do” attitude. She is quietly confident (still a bit cocky) and full of enthusiasm. She has the ability to see the big picture of the business, and yet still have great attention to detail; a quality that – as most entrepreneurs will attest to – is very rare among hired guns. Her usual response to tasks given is “sure I can do that.”
She garners respect both from the of the DBC Team as well as our valuable members. She is, along with Financial Controller and Admin Manager Gemma Austria, an invaluable member of my inner circle.
Here’s the press release I sent out today:
Weight Loss and Fitness Facility Announces New General Manager
The DreamBody Centre, a brand owned by Falak Enterprises WLL, has appointed a new General Manager. “I’m extremely proud to announce the promotion of Ms. Saba Saleem from Marketing and Operations Manager to General Manager,” said Suhail Algosaibi, Founder and CEO of the DreamBody Centre.
Saba Saleem, a Bahrain-born Pakistani national, was one of the first employees of the DreamBody Centre and joined back in 2007. She has worked as a Circuit Advisor in the DreamBody Centre, and then worked for a year in the Zen-Do Bahrain Kickboxing Club as a Membership Advisor, this was followed by a promotion to Marketing and Operations Manager for both Zen-Do and the DreamBody Centre.
“I’m so proud and thankful to be given this promotion!” said Ms. Saleem. “I’d like to thank Suhail Algosaibi for this opportunity. It’s a big responsibility but I’m confident that I’m up to the task, and that we will achieve the dream of franchising the DreamBody Centre regionally and internationally, and making it a globally recognised brand,” added Saba Saleem.
The DreamBody Centre is currently located in Hamala and will move to the Bahrain Mall sometime in December. For more information, visit DreamBodyCentre.com
I’m very proud of you Saba. Onward and upwards!