Robert Baird, Sales Director Ezidebit at Global Payments, talks: Measuring success, personal integrity, service of others before service to self, spirituality through performance and running off with the circus.
Robert Baird is the Sales Director of Ezdebit, now a part of Global Payments. Ezidebit has become a success story, growing from a private Australian company to being acquired by a global business based in the United States. Global Payments Inc is a leading world wide provider of payment technology services which delivers innovative solutions to its market, driven by customer needs globally. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the company has more than 8500 employees worldwide and is a member of the S & P 500, with merchants and partners in 29 countries throughout North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific and Brazil. Robert joined Ezidebit in 2008 and has a fascinating personal story and a unique outlook on what defines successful leadership.
Raised in the United Kingdom, Robert professes he is “still very English” but a “passionate Australian citizen”. He was born in the early 1960s and raised one of four children in an old English house, where he enjoyed a rural upbringing and attended the local village school before being sent to boarding school. When he was 18, armed with $200 in his pocket, Robert set off on an adventure to Australia, where he hitch-hiked around the country working odd jobs to sustain his travel — he picked tomatoes, cleaned hotels and traveled with the circus from Darwin to Alice Springs. He returned to the UK where he attended the University of Kent at Canterbury to study economics and geography, before taking a life changing trip to Asia and India. Robert ultimately made his way back to Australia where he kicked off his career.
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