SARAH DESBOIS - PANDIA
Welcome and thanks for visiting my site! I invite you to take a moment and look around.
This page is about me and the Blueberry Ventures; a company encompassing different business projects I've created.
To learn more about my background, experience, skills, projects and how we could potentially work together, simply contact me.
I was born in Haiti, raised in different places, and went on to travel the globe in 50 countries. As a result, I am multicultural and multilingual.
I inherited a sturdy entrepreneurial spirit from my father, and an equally creative sensibility from my mother.
I believe that my atypical upbringing and unconventional career path are my biggest assets and what differentiate me and my businesses. In this time of global and cultural awareness, I am grateful to be able to call myself a self-made independent woman.
My love for travel, languages, as well as my insatiable curiosity have been the backbone of my career. With over twelve years of international experience in business and project management I can successfully run very different but related aspects of a business.
I have relevant experience living and working in developing countries, managing internationalisation, enhanced by a knowledge of culture and custom that is integral to the success of such work.
My organisational skills continuously evolve, with experience in both large-scale business and per-project management.
My sharp analytic and critical-thinking skills allow me to dissect any situation and make intelligent, informed decisions. I am committed to excellence in all aspects of my work, and consistently develop innovative processes, tracking KPI tools to automate tasks and increase efficiency.
I have excellent computer, research, summarising and communication skills. And a clear ability to lead and work effectively in teams.
My experience extends into multiple industries, with particularly deep exposure to telecommunications, real estate, design & digital media.
Lastly, I'm ambitious and energetic, I thrive in complex, challenging and multicultural environments. I'm a multipotentialite who has visited 50 countries and lived in 10 respectively.
THE BLUEBERRY VENTURES
My Road to Creative Entrepreneurship
After my twelve-year corporate ascension, in 2015 I chose to settle down in Romania to start a family, and decided I wanted to go into business, independently. Little did I know I would become a serial entrepreneur. I created the Blueberry Ventures and went from project to project testing the market, understanding my limitations, and figuring out what kind of entreprise would better suit my profile and lifestyle.
I owned an italian restaurant with my husband in the city center, launched a contemporary fashion jewelry brand online for my mother, and became a full time Marketing & Communications consultant for a multinational.
Unfortunately, none of these projects brought me enough fulfillment nore profitability in the long run. But I decided to keep on trying, rather than considering going back to formal employment.
I had to reassess the reasons behind my failures and came to the conclusion I was deliberately keeping an important factor out of the equation: my own creativity and passions. According to hard-wired biases that such things aren't lucrative, I was solely focused on the business aspect of my projects and not so much on giving in to the things that would motivate me enough to persevere in my endeavours.
So, in parallel with a joint venture in property management that has taken off well in Romania's current dynamic economy, I put together a portfolio of all the creative projects I have successfully brought to life and decided to take this hobby of mine to a professional level offering services in Interior, Event and Holiday Decoration.
Last but not least, I created Sarah The Digital GypSea, a Personal Travel & Lifestyle Blog in accordance with my passion for writing about self-discovery through travel.
I hope you will enjoy viewing these projects as much as I've enjoyed creating them!..
The Blueberry Ventures were founded in 2015 with the aim to bring small innovative startup projects to the Romanian market.
Today it employs a little over 20 people and caters services internationally with 3 distinct business lines:
Interior, Event & Holiday Decoration
Personal Travel & Lifestyle Blog
Creativity and entrepreneurship being at the heart of each project, the services offered are carefully tailored according to each client's needs.
MY PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
January 2014 - July 2015, Myanmar
CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
January 2012 - January 2014, Vanuatu, New Caledonia & French Polynesia
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & REGIONAL PACIFIC DIRECTOR @ CAMUSAT
January 2010 - December 2011, France
SOUTH WEST REGIONAL COMMERCIAL MANAGER @ TDF
January 2009 - December 2009, France
INTERNATIONAL EVENT PLANNER
@ CARPE DIEM CREATIONS
May 2008 - December 2008, Bulgaria
BRANCH SETUP MANAGER @ CAMUSAT
June 2007 - May 2008, Moldova
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER @ CAMUSAT
January 2005 - June 2007, Haiti
CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER
January 2004 - December 2004, Dominican Republic
CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER
January 2003 - December 2003, Dominican Republic
OFFICE ASSISTANT & RECEPTIONIST
January 2002 - December 2002, USA & Dominican Republic
INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT ATTENDANT
@ TRANSMERIDIAN AIRLINES
& AIR SANTO DOMINGO
EDUCATION & VOCATIONAL TRAININGS
ZUMBA INSTRUCTOR BASIC STEPS LEVEL 1 TRAINING CERTIFICATE @ ZUMBA
PRACTICAL SAILING COURSE - DAY SKIPPER @ ROYAL YACHTING ACADEMY (RYA)
INTERIOR DESIGN PRACTICAL COURSE CERTIFICATE @ CALEA VICTORIEI FOUNDATION
MANAGEMENT & LEADERSHIP TRAINING DIPLOMA @ ABITIO
OPEN WATER DIVER CERTIFICATION @ PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DIVING INSTRUCTORS (PADI)
BUSINESS STARTUP & MANAGEMENT TRAINING DIPLOMA @ REGIONAL MIDI-PYRÉNÉES COUNCIL
ROMANIAN LANGUAGE COURSE @ ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION TRAINING CERTIFICATION @ BRAINSTORM INSTITUTE
2003, Dominican Republic
CUSTOMER SERVICE TRAINING CERTIFICATION @ INFOTEP
2003, Dominican Republic
HAZARDOUS MATERIAL TRAINING CERTIFICATION @ FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION AEROSPACE TECHNICAL TRAINING INSTITUTE
FRENCH BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA @ LYÇÉE ALEXANDRE DUMAS
1995 – 2002, Haiti
INTERESTS & HOBBIES
As a multipotentialite and an avid traveller, the possibilities for my interests and hobbies are endless.
Here are the ones I come back to on a regular basis.
Canine, Feline & Equestrian Breeds
Music & Latin Dance
Parenting & Adoption
Sailing & Scuba Diving
ENDORSEMENTS & RECOMMENDATIONS
"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do."