The team at BODO really are a fine example of the 6 degrees of separation theory that people often talk about. Everyone is somehow connected to one another by friendship, work or other associations and it was Founder Peter Lochan that brought us all together. He was the one responsible for the main idea and once he decided that it was more than just a good idea, but something he really wanted to pursue, he went to Avi Feld with it Avi Feld had enquired about BODO after hearing Nadir talking about it and got him on board as chairman. Peter and Avi met back in 1998 when Avi posted a vacancy from his business travel consultants, Perfect Travel, at the Job Centre where Peter worked. Peter sent along Nadir Ismail (BODO Director) for the position, someone who he had met through mutual friends and had come to Peter at the Job Centre in search of work, 10 years later she would become his fiancé, but that’s another story for a different time! Avi was especially pleased with how quickly Nadir settled in and excelled in the position and continued to post vacancies with Peter whenever one came up at Perfect Travel. Because of this Peter and Avi became friends and stayed in touch, even after Peter left the Job Centre. From the offset, Peter went to close friend Veronika Cejpkova founder of the charity Whisper’s One World Orphanage to discuss his idea and Veronika liked it so much that she decided to bring her charity on board as a External BODO partner.
Nadir and I have been best friends since we met at Winchmore School, in North London, when we were 14-years-old or there abouts, she told Peter that I was an experienced writer who was looking to get back into the field. I too had met Peter back in 1998 when we were all fresh out of school or college and he had helped me to find work as well. I was working as a full time bar manager when he contacted me regarding the odd write-up about BODO and I started out doing the occasional article for him. Then one evening he rang me and offered me a full time position as BODO’s blogger and content writer and I knew it was too exciting an opportunity to refuse! I remember being sat in the office of the pub, cashing up when he offered me the job and being totally overwhelmed with the prospect of joining this new startup that aimed to really make a difference in people’s lives, it was the kind of opportunity I’d been waiting years for! So that’s how the integral core group came together, but there was much more work to be done and other positions to be filled, so I will elaborate on how the rest of the group joined up with BODO in next week’s post!