Humans of JNI: Magdi Votavova
Updated: Mar 25
I grew up in Czechia which, to most here in Britain, is better known as the Czech Republic. During my childhood, it was a communist country and we could only get access to bananas twice every year.
In 2005, I left Czechia and arrived in London with 34 kilograms worth of luggage. I did the journey on a coach because I couldn’t afford the plane ticket and, when I arrived, I couldn’t speak any English. I started off working as a cleaner.
Eventually, I worked my way into the branded promotional gift industry. That was 6 years ago now and my break came completely by chance! It wasn’t easy in the beginning but there were certainly some memorable moments. A conference in Nashville USA was a definite highlight. It was the last Jack Nadel University Conference and my presentation won the applause of my colleagues, 250 of whom were there to watch my presentation.
I am a straightforward person and I’m very passionate about my clients’ brands. I feel very at home in the branded merchandising world.