When I met Victor Bota for the first time in a personal branding training in Bucharest, he told me that he is a driver. I was thinking “I wonder what is his project”. What I found out that day opened a new world for me, one that I had no idea exists in the middle of Bucharest .
Victor is the most polite man I met in my life and he is a living encyclopedia. He speaks very little about himself, so I know only that he married the most beautiful girl in the world and he has a son who is now part of Victor’s team.
Victor’s life changed almost 15 years ago when the owner of the company where he was working as a transport coordinator introduced Victor to his passion of collecting. This passion started with tree wine corkscrews and became the biggest collection of corkscrews in the world, according to Guinness Book of Records.
We are talking about almost 30.000 pieces of corkscrews. Corkscrews that Victor and his team bought from all over the world from fairs and auctions, documented them, photographed, labeled and displayed them for visitors. Some of these corkscrewss are pieces of art, they are telling the stories of places and owners and Victor knows all the stories. The most expensive corkscrew that was sold in a public auction is a part of the collection. It was made from a piece of metal that was extracted from London Bridge which was build in 1176 and demolished in 1831 and it has the price of a luxury car or 10.000 bottles of wine.
The collecting didn’t stop with corkscrews. I am proud to say that I was participating in the official counting for Guinness Book Certification of more than 35.000 pressing irons. It took more than 8 hours to count all this irons together with Victor’s team, but it was a lesson of history, geography and art that I would repeat anytime. And it was fun, because in Victor’s team there are young people, some of them still study for master degree or Phd, some of them just finished university.
And it didn’t stop with pressing irons either, it continued with trivets, another collection certified by Guinness Book of Records as the biggest collection in the world.
But enough about the collections, Victor and his team of experts know many interesting stories about each collection and each particular piece and if you are interested, you can make a reservation on https://museumofromanianrecords.com/ . You can see the history of the world and the evolution of humankind in this collections, but you need to dedicate time and patience to this visit, because we are talking about 80.000 pieces of collection, some of them unique in the world.
Victor is now GM of the Museum of Romanian Records, but he couldn’t build and manage this museum without his team that now counts 30 people. Alone, he couldn’t travel for almost 500.000 km to visit fairs, expositions, to participate in auctions and meetings with collectors. All this pieces needs to be restored, photographed, labeled by experts.
Victor looks around with pride. It was not easy to build this museum, sometimes he had to give up on meetings with friends when he had to travel or to spend long hours to find solutions to different challenges, but he was working side by side with the owner who transferred him his passion and he loves the team, so he is happy to be a part in this amazing project.
Victor and his team are planning to fulfill the vision of the owner: new records, new documentaries and books about the collections, congresses with the collectors from all over the world, artistic and cultural events, and to become a Center of Excellence for Romanian Top Values.
Victor was right. He is a driver, but he is not driving a car. He is driving his team to success and for them, success is to manage the biggest museum of records in Romania.
Irina is 30 y.o, she was a handball player for 10 years and now she is married with Andrei and a mother of two boys. Until 2015 she had nothing to do with Romanian traditional hand sewing, as she was pursuing a career in retail, but in the winter of 2015 she has found herself without an income, and she had to find a quick solution to reinvent herself.
Irina was born in Rodna Mountains, a place in Transylvania where the traditions are still respected and preserved by the old generation. In her quest for finding a new source of income, she went back home to learn how to sew Romanian traditional shirts, called “ie”. After a difficult start, with the help of her mother and her grandmother and the unconditional support of her husband, she started to produce small jewelries sewed traditionaly and later on, shirts and costumes.
Now, Irina is the owner of “Dor Autentic by Irina & Andrei“, a well-known Romanian brand, she participated to many fairs, she was promoted on national television in prime-time news and she is sending Romanian traditional shirts and costumes all over the world.
Irina is passionate about hand sewing and she is one example of the people who managed to listen to their inner voice in hard times, to find their seeds and blossom.
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Gabriela was born in the south of Romania, in Tg. Jiu, 30 years ago. She touched the handball ball for the first time at the age of 8 and she loved it so much that she decided to make from handball a way of life. All her life choices have been influenced by the sport activity. She played for many sports clubs in Romania and abroad and she was a member of the Romanian National Handball Team.
Like any person who decide to dedicate her whole life to sport, Gabriela had glorious moments, happy times, but also very hard moments. There were long days of hard work, periods of disappointment or of excruciating pain. By 25 years old, after 5 knee surgeries, Gabriela began to have terrible back pains. After many doctors’ consults, she has been told that it’s time to retire because the risk of a paralysis was really high.
There is a study that says that only 3% of high performance athletes are accomplishes after ending their sports career. About 15% make it to the top. She wasn’t in any of those categories. She just loved the sport and dedicated all her energy and passion to it.
In the wake of her premature career end she was left with making choices that put her in an unfamiliar territory, ultimately looking to find a new purpose in life, in or out of sports.
Without any kind of support, just thinking that all that she know is to play handball, Gabriela tried to find her way for 2 years.
Realizing that pain and confusion was brought upon her life with a purpose, she understood that this is a transition all professional athletes must pass through it and she began to conceive a better way for athletes to make the transition from an active life to the end at their careers.
Now, Gabriela owns a sport agency and she uses all her skills and experience to help former professional athletes to get a new successful start in life after a long career in sports through coaching and workshops.
She also supports professional athletes through their career paths ensuring they reach their personal goals through contract negotiation to see them continually moving forward in their professional development.
Gabriela is a winner in the game of life, as she was a winner in handball. She raised from her pain and now she is helping other athletes to prepare for life after sport.
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Madalina’s father was a policeman. Since she was a little girl, she took note of his work and she always thought about both sides: victims and offenders. She always thought that any problem has a solution if you know how and where to search for it.
Madalina became a consulting and pleading lawyer specialized in commercial, labor and family law. She offers consulting and representation in everything that the business segment means, making herself legally sure that the clients’ businesses are safe.
In the field of labour law, Madalina represents and assists both clients who are employers and clients who are employees, always making sure that their rights are respected.
And because she loves working with people, she has chosen to practice in family law too, exactly because the interaction with the clients is more personal.
strives to combine the personal and the professional side, because the two define her as a person, as a mother and as a professional.
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Ioana is from Cluj Napoca, mother to 2 years old Iovana. She always wanted to give her baby high quality , long-lasting and from fair priced products. Her education as an economist and her banking experience have helped her look pragmatically at every purchase she makes and not to be driven only by the excitement that a product with an attractive design can generate.
That’s how Yanna was born, a place where every product is selected with care, attention to detail, asking herself every time if the mothers who visit her store will not just buy what they are looking for but also receive warmth, care and a wholehearted smile.
Yanna imports and distributes trolley bags and 3D backpacks, TRITAN water bottles for school or kindergarten, educational magnetic boards, educational toys, books, all of which you can find on: www.yanna.shop
, but also on the largest sites with children’s products in the country.
Yanna is a business created for Iovanna and other children like her, with care for the customers (mostly parents) and it’s a typical lifestyle business for a mother who decided to reinvent her career in order to spend more time with her family.
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