Csaba Szij, Deputy COO, B + N Referencia Zrt.

  • 18 Jun 2020 9:22 AM
Csaba Szij, Deputy COO, B + N Referencia Zrt.
Csaba has been a manager at B + N Referencia Zrt. since 2011. From 2014 he has held the position of Deputy CEO (COO). His key areas are cleaning and Facility management (FM).

As you may know, FM is a profession that, "Encompasses multiple disciplines to ensure functionality, comfort, safety and efficiency of the built environment by integrating people, place, process and technology".

1. Where did you grow up?
I spent my childhood years in Tata, then I continued with my high school studies in Esztergom, trying my luck with dorm life. I spent my years in higher education in Budapest, I have been working here ever since, and I live with my family in a small town nearby.

2. If you could be an expat anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
I love nature, and I love being in nature. I would like to live in a place where there are mountains or water, such as Scotland, Portugal or even New Zealand.

3. What would you miss most if you moved away from Hungary?
Today, almost all products and services are available anywhere in the world, so I guess I would miss my friends, the people who surround me.

4. Friends are in Hungary for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do?
Lake Balaton and the Káli Basin offer plenty of recreational opportunities that I would like to show to someone who is not yet familiar with those. In addition to gastronomy and countless wineries, nature also offers plenty of opportunities for a pleasant weekend break.

5. What is your favourite food?
I don’t have a favourite; I like to try everything. I would say all delicious, and quality food is my favourite. In fact, I even give a food a try, I’ve tasted before but didn't like a try because I think everything can be prepared in multiple ways, maybe I’ll love it based on a different recipe.

6. What is your favourite sport / form of exercise?
I like outdoor, nature-related sports activities.

7. What is your favourite place in Hungary?
I don’t have one favourite place. I really like several areas, some of them are popular, and there are completely hidden, unknown places as well.

8. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?
Confectioner or astrophysicist.

10. Where did you spend your last vacation?
Last time I spent a few days with my friends in London.

11. Where do you hope to spend your next one?
I hope that the current situation will soon improve and that it will be possible to travel again. My next destination is Italy, the Dolomites.

12. What was your favourite band, film, or hobby as a teen?
Of the bands, I really liked Pink Floyd, Mike Oldfield, Jean-Michel Jarre, U2, AC / DC, Queen. I also started some of my current hobbies at a young age, such as collecting minerals, reading and hiking.

13. Apart from temptation, what can't you resist?
I really like quality sweets, be it a good cake or chocolate.

14. Red wine or white?
I like both, whether it is red or white depends on when, where and with whom I consume.

15. Book or movie?
Book. You can read a book anywhere, anytime, their content covers a broader spectrum. Books can help me switch off, but there are only a few movies that really interest me.

16. Morning person or night person?
Night person, obviously.

17. What is your favourite video game?
Used to be StarCraft, nowadays it’s Destiny.

18. Buda or Pest side?

19. Which achievement in your life are you most pleased about?
I achieved a lot, both in my work and my hobbies (even survived some of the latter), these seemed important and great achievements at the time, but over time these feelings transform, smooth out, and it’s hard to choose one or two of them. Rather, I think it is much more important to always have another goal after the results achieved because that gives real strength.

Of course, I am very proud of my son and the results he has achieved on his own.

20. What would you say is your personal motto?
The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered: "Man! Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

Interview text translated by Szilvia Molnár, a professional freelance writer, travel expert, mom of two, and admitted coffee addict. Though not necessarily in that order. Connect with her on LinkedIn or read about her latest travel experiences on the Exploration Lounge website.

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