Meet Natalie du Toit : Our new Business Development Consultant15 April, 2020
Natalie brings a wealth of experience to her position, having worked in the interior and furniture industry for several years and we’re excited to have her on board. We caught up with her to find out what a day in her life looks like, what she loves most about her new role and how she spends her time when not at work.
What does your role at Woodbender entail?
I am ultimately responsible for identifying and leveraging opportunities in the market, building relationships with key clients, and being an ambassador for the Woodbender brand.
What attracted you to this role at Woodbender?
The opportunity to work with a world class furniture brand rooted in South Africa, and use the culmination of my skills and experience in the interior and furniture industry over the last two decades to contribute to the growth of the brand.
What makes Woodbender different from other places you’ve worked?
Woodbender is a highly professional company who are very focused on their integrity, their people and their high product quality standards – they see their staff and clients as the pillar of their business and have excellent values. The quality of their product, systems and marketing materials are exceptional.
What has your career path looked like leading up to this new role at Woodbender?
I started out studying Interior Design; moved into retail and was a Homeware Buyer for a high end furniture brand; left to pursue an opportunity to hone my design and development skills at a well known décor manufacturer where I was Creative Director and General Manager, and created an in-house brand for the company; then started my own lifestyle brand Indigi Designs; consulted on some interior decorating projects,
Which Woodbender design is your favourite?
I love the simple lines and classic design of our award winning Alta chair, finished in a black stain with tan leather seat for a sophisticated aesthetic.
What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?
- Success is an internal job first and always, then external. Never neglect your health or your relationships for work. Mindset, rest and health are crucial to performance and success.
- Failure is inevitable if you are in the game and is how you learn and grow – take the lessons, readjust and move forward wiser.
- Focused and simple is more achievable and sustainable than elaborate and perfect.
Where would you like to go on a dream vacation?
To a breathtaking tropical island with crystal waters, lots of palm trees, secluded beaches, good waves, and a bathtub that overlooks the ocean.
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
Spend time with my two beautiful children, family and friends; be close to or in the ocean, and keep active – run, surf, cycle and yoga when I can fit it all in. I am an avid reader and love to cook and be creative. And keep up to date with what’s happening in the industry.
What’s on your bucket list?
Lots of adventures and explorations – it’s a long list but my top 3 are: to hot air balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey and stay in a cave hotel; to see the cherry blossoms bloom in Japan; and to see the Northern Lights.
What three words describe you best?
Creative, caring, courageous