Glen Van Der Hart
Position: Professional Services Director
When did you join IBS and what roles have you had within IBS before your current one?
I joined TMS, the previous owner of Bookmaster software around 1986 and I am currently the longest serving employee. I started as an Analyst/Programmer, moving over the years to Director of Customer Service, before immigrating to the USA to help in the development and expansion of Bookmaster.
Tell us about a memorable experience whilst working at IBS?
Travelling the world to see and experience the wide range of cultures, food and people.
You work closely with most of our US customers, can you see any common challenges facing them right now?
The biggest issue currently facing our customers is the changing format to digital in the publishing industry. This is where we appreciate our P&D for the development of web services and digital delivery.
Relevant to you role, what does IBS bring to the market that many of its competitors do not?
Years of experience in the publishing industry, with a multitude of customers in different parts of the world; this has allowed for both a product and team, where the sum of its parts exceeds that of the whole.
If you could have any job (apart from this one) what would it be?
I had always wanted to be a chef and love FoodTV.
What mobile phone do you have and what do you think of it?
Droid X. But what I really love is my iPad!
Where do you live?
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Where were you born?
Sydney, Australia (Currently a citizen of 3 countries and have 3 passports – American, Australian and Dutch.)
What is the last book you read and how would you rate it?
The series from Vince Flynn – 5 Stars if you are in to CIA action type books.
Who do you most admire and why?
There is no single person I admire. What I do admire are people that set goals well beyond what others could only dream, then reaching those goals – such as Nelson Mandela.
What is your finest achievement?
Finding and maintaining the balance between work and personal life, where I can really enjoy both.
What do you like to do to relax?
I have 2 main hobbies. I restore old Rolls-Royce’s. I am currently working on a 1950 Sedanca deVille and am Team Captain on the Rolls-Royce National judging committee. My second hobby is showing my 2 dogs, which are Pulik – a rare breed. My oldest is currently ranked 3rd in the breed. On weekends we both go to the local children’s hospital to visit the kids, where he is probably the most anticipated and photographed therapy dog at the hospital.