Our Storytellers: Enrique Saldivar

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If you're curious what makes SAS a great workplace, one answer always rises to the top - our people. It's no secret that the people who work here are some of the best and brightest - not to mention the most passionate, accountable, authentic and curious people you'll ever meet.

And at SAS, Your Curiosity Matters, because we believe in what we do. And we know, our innovation in analytics is only as important as what can be accomplished with it.

With over 14,000 employees around the world, it can be a bit challenging to get to meet all of the amazing people who work here. That's why we're kicking off a series where we can introduce everyone - stretching across time zones, country boarders, and business functions. Our people are the ones writing SAS' story, and we want you to meet "Our Storytellers". Today, meet Enrique Saldivar.

Enrique Saldivar, Account Executive, Peru.

Enrique Saldivar - Account Executive, Peru. This photo is a 2013 Gold Medal portrait of Enrique, taken by his university colleague from the Peruvian National School of Arts.

What team do you work on at SAS? What is your team responsible for?

I work as an Account Executive for SAS’ Peruvian office, based in Lima.

What’s your favorite part about working at SAS?

SAS is not only a great place to work, but also a great place to realize your full potential. I love that I can be myself here. My favorite part of the job is advising my customers and helping them realize the value they can gain from our analytics! Lifetime customers deserve (and are worth) every second of your time.

Are you part of one of our Employee Inclusion Groups?PRIDE EIG logo

Yes, I’m part of the PRIDE group. Being a new grandpa and having three kids, I was actively looking for colleagues and ready to share my story. It’s been an amazing experience (my first in a corporate environment), being 50 years old and meeting other colleagues with the same interests.

If your coworkers had to pick one word to describe you, what would it be?

I asked my coworkers, and loved their answers: trustworthy and committed (or “entregado” in Spanish).

Do you have a favorite quote, or a piece of advice you wish you could give your younger self?

I have two. Over 20 years ago, I had lunch with a customer and my napkin had this poem on it:

They die slowly, those who don’t travel, who don’t read, who don’t hear music, who don’t find grace in themselves.

They die slowly, those who become a slave of habit, repeating the same trajectories every day, who don’t change aim, who don’t take the risk of dressing in a new color, and don’t talk to people who they don’t know.”

Enrique with his family - check out that art collection!

Enrique with his family - check out that art collection!

I’ve kept the napkin in a drawer ever since.

My most admired and beloved quote is from a book by Hunter S. Thompson called The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967:

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside with a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a ride!”

Enrique dressed as Santa

"Every year "Santa" visits kids in cancer treatment or kids with urgent needs who have been victims of floods or earthquakes. I've been doing this every year since 1998."

Outside of work, what are you usually up to?

I’m an avid swimmer – I actually hold the national record in 4x50 breaststroke relay and have competed in several national competitions and the South American series. I’m also an art collector – I have over 1,000 pieces of art, ranging from 900 BCE to contemporary – all housed in a flat where minimalism would be considered a crime.

If you name a local museum, art gallery or exhibition, or a good restaurant you might find me there with my two frenchies.

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Want to meet more of our people? Hear more from Our Storytellers.

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Alyssa Grube

Associate Communications Specialist

Alyssa Grube is an Associate Communications Specialist focused on employee programs, culture, and employer branding. She’s passionate about the intersection of people + brand, and loves sharing the SAS story with the world. Seriously, ask her about why she loves SAS – just grab a coffee first.

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