This week we sat down with Emilio Lopez, our New Accounts Manager. Most likely to be found around the office with a steaming cup of coffee, Emilio is a friendly, fun, and ambitious team player. Although he works in sales efforts, he always makes himself available to work in other areas that he has expertise in such as IT project management, data analysis, and helping other employees practice their Spanish and Portuguese.
Name: Emilio Lopez
Hometown: Miami, Florida
Position at ArtBinder: New Accounts Manager
How long have you been working at ArtBinder?
Since November, 2014.
What is your favorite gallery or museum in New York?
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I’m the type of person that will read every single plaque and meditate on every piece, so I definitely haven’t seen every piece even though I’ve gone many times.
What is your favorite art fair?
I really liked Art Miami New York. The art was very pleasing, and they had a lot of cool sculptures there. Other fairs have sculpture too, of course, but the sculptures at this fair stood out for some reason.
What is the best part about working at ArtBinder?
The team is very motivated to make changes and try new things.
Where do you see the future of art and technology?
I have my ideas but I think they might actually drive our strategy, so I can’t say them here! In general, I think that experiencing art in person is a lot better than experiencing it remotely. With that said, I think that we’re not really using technology as much as we can to make that remote experience more enjoyable for people around the world, especially people who can’t afford to see art in foreign countries and people with disabilities. So, I think technology can do a lot more to make the art experience more accessible and enjoyable for people around the world. We’re not there yet with the way we’re using current technologies.
What helps you motor through the work day?
Our technology is really an optimization tool for galleries that use it and collectors that want to manage their collection more effectively. What motivates me as a salesperson is being able to expose that technology to new people so they can take advantage of its benefits. Then, because of that, our clients will be able to focus their efforts on things like establishing relationships and managing other gallery responsibilities, rather than spending as much time with administrative tasks that can be facilitated with our technology.
What is your take on selfies in art spaces?
I think that in general people want to capture moments that matter to them. They’ve been doing it for a long time with a front-facing camera. The only thing different now with selfies is the point of view, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. It actually seems more personalized in that when you’re taking the selfie, you’re both the photographer and the subject. In the past, the photographer and the subject were necessarily removed. With today’s technology, it’s more of an individual, personal experience for the person that is taking the photo.
What was your first job?
My first job out of college was a consulting position with KPMG, and a lot of that work was data analysis, project management, and helping clients to use data to inform their decision-making process. That position was a great segway into my role at Hassett Willis, where I managed projects and further developed my relationship-building skills with clients.
How did you end up at ArtBinder?
I worked at Google before ArtBinder, and I was looking for an opportunity to apply my skills in a startup environment and help build a business. I worked for a small business before Google, and I liked having the ability to drive new projects, bring new business opportunities to the company, and mentor junior employees.
What is your favorite go-to lunch spot?
I guess because we’re in Chelsea, Bottino’s. It’s nearby, and I go there a lot. But, I actually prefer Hudson Market now.
What is the best piece of professional advice you have been given?
When I was an intern in New York at Merrill Lynch, I created lots of spreadsheets and presentations that were then provided to senior management. Even though I was an intern, my manager said that I should be okay with providing recommendations based on the information that I found, and not worry too much about how that can be perceived because of my relative lack of experience at the time. Because of that, I encourage others to do the same and I’ve noticed that teams that I have led have brought in lots of visionary strategies and new approaches that I couldn’t have come up with on my own.