I consulted for Omar as part of an initiative to increase his properties online sales across multiple channels.
To say that Omar cares a lot about hard work and integrity is an understatement. When I would send him an email at 8am EST, I would get a response within minutes (5am PST for him!). And when I sent one at 12am EST, the same thing would happen. I often times felt like I had met my match in terms of an undying committment for the work we both do. And despite all of the other reasons to work with Omar, that reason alone made working on his properties a pleasure. It's not everyday you meet someone who is so passionate about the work they do.
One other thing that stood out to me that isn't very common when you are doing consulting work for a client is that Omar was very, very aware of team dynamics. He made the necessary introductions between myself and the different stakeholders in his business. He gave me free access to ask any questions of anyone, talk with them, get information, learn about the business, etc. For anyone who has done consulting, that isn't very common. And that kind of management style can only mean one thing for his employees, from my perspective, and that is that Omar is very much an enabler. He enables his employees to learn, to ask questions, to get better.
I still keep in touch with Omar to touch base about where each of us are in our respective careers, what our goals and roadblocks are, and what we're doing to get around them. I look forward to the next time I get to work with Omar, because his infectious passion could only help make me better at the work I do.