Conventional and passive are not words that can give a true characterization of Dmitri Dawkins, Phoenix International Commercial Director – MC Systems. This networking savant is innovative, nontraditional and adventurous.

Richard Branson once said, “Have fun, do good and the money will come,”. This is Dmitri’s ‘go to’ quote, that keeps him inspired, and motivated to make an impact through his work. He believes in what he does and has a deep love and passion for it.

Dmitri’s training began traditionally at university, but then he switched gears and instead took another path, similar to that of Steve Jobs. He decided to learn in a more experiential manner and started his own business. Today, Dmitri is trained and certified in a broad spectrum of technical areas. Continuous learning is key…..reading at least fifty (50) pages a day is habitual.

An avid reader, Dmitri digests books like The Complete Works of Rudyard Kipling and Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. When his hands are not flipping through pages, they are busy turning steering wheels. Dmitri is an ardent race car driver who not only enjoys rallies but is also a director of the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club (JMMC). Words like risk-taker and adventurer, aptly describes Dmitri. Enjoying unique experiences and living life to the fullest is what he does best.

The job becomes a calling when it excites you. As Commercial Director, he understands the value of core banking technology solutions that gives customers financial inclusivity. Being able to deliver this to customers, lights up his day.

As a leader, Dmitri’s philosophy is two pronged. He believes one must lead with emotional intelligence in order to listen well and advise accurately. He also maintains that radical collaboration and open communication can result in fast turnaround.

“Did I have a positive impact?” is a question he often asks himself. It is what keeps this intuitive, audacious networking pro pushing every day, to provide his answer.

His fast decision-making skills, willingness to take risks and fail; and having patience are characteristics that make him who he is today. He also credits his professionalism to sticking to his gut. The one advice Dmitri would give to anyone looking to join MC Systems’ team of pioneers is,

“Technology is not about technology, technology is about people.”