FACES OF VINCO: Arild Eikenes Hestnes
24 year-old, Intern and student at BI MS in Business majoring in Leadership and Change, from Høyanger
We welcome Arild, one of our current interns to our company, along with Stian whom you will meet next week. He will be staying with us for four weeks as a part of his masters program at BI, where he will be working on various tasks in relation to his studies. Without further ado, let’s get to know him.
What is something business owners have to deal with that you want to fix?
I wish to solve problems that business owners can’t fix by themselves. If there are obstacles for innovation or change that they wish to overcome whether it’s structural or cultural, it’s my goal to do my best to help in any way possible.
What do you do at VINCO?
Well, I consider myself Lucky because Vinco is smaller than your average consultancy company. This gives me the opportunity to do a little bit of everything. Examples of something I have done is that I’ve worked with analyzing projects, researching and reviewing interesting data, and developing internal processes.
What do you like about working at VINCO?
I like working at Vinco because, as I previously mentioned, it’s a smaller company which gives me opportunities to do a little bit of everything. Because it is a smaller company it also allows me to work much more closely with the other employees, which I believe improves the mood in the work environment.
What’s your background?
Currently I’m doing a Master of Science in Business with a major in Leadership and Change at BI campus Bergen. I also did my Bachelor of Business Administration here where I specialized in and wrote my bachelor thesis about the subject Advanced Managerial Accounting and Real Investment Theory.
In high school I studied to become an electrician but due to a lack of apprentice possibilities I continued studying and ended up at BI.
What are the values that drive you?
I would say I’m quite ambitious, but other than that I really can’t say there’s anything specific that drives me, but I always believe that being kind and helpful to others is a good start.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
When I’m not working I’m most likely hanging out with my friends, working out, or on my computer. I also enjoy watching TV-series or movies, especially in the cinema.
What are you most curious about?
I’m really interested in finance, more specifically more innovative finance, like Fintech and Decentralized Finance. I think it’s really interesting and I’m excited to see how it’s going to evolve in the future.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
If I had to decide right now I would probably choose New Zealand or right here in Norway just because of the current global situation. Other than that, because I have watched a lot of TV-shows and movies growing up, Los Angeles is something I have always thought about.
What motivates you to work hard?
Something that motivates me is progress. I like to excel at things and if I can tell I’m getting better at something it gives me motivation to keep on going.
What are your favorite books, movies or series?
I haven’t read all that much lately. The last book I read was Mindset by Carol Dweck, which I found really interesting. My favorite TV-series I would say is Breaking Bad or Chernobyl.
Who is your hero?
I would say my hero is my grandfather. I think he is a really impressive individual, and I’ve looked up to him most of my life. He has worked his entire life, and is still enjoying working at the age of almost 90.
On a similar note, who would you want to be stranded with on a deserted island?
Hm, I guess I would have to say my girlfriend, or else she would probably be upset. On the other hand she would probably also be pretty upset that I’m forcing her to be stranded on a deserted island too.
And what would you bring?
Some filtration equipment to make saltwater drinkable maybe. Also wouldn’t hurt with some rope and a knife I guess.
Late sleeper or early bird?
More often than not I usually sleep in, but once I get into a rhythm of getting up early it’s not that bad.
Introvert or extrovert?
I would say I’m a mix of both.
Favorite subject from your studies?
I enjoyed both the finance and the statistics courses.
Any favorite quotes?
Hard to pick just one so I’ll pick two. “Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm”, and “If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room”.
Favorite band or artist?
Again, hard to pick just one so I have to say two, so I pick Eminem and U2.
I’ll have to pick dogs.
Who knows you the best?
I would guess that would be my girlfriend or one of my best friends.
Best thing about Bergen?
What I love about Bergen is that everything is so close. Most are within walking distance, or if you live a little outside of the city centre the Bergen light rail or buses are not far away.
Worst thing about Bergen?
The worst thing about Bergen is probably the rain, and during the winters when the snow gets all wet.
Ever broken the law?
I don’t think I have, other than maybe driving above the speed limit occasionally.
With that we thank Arild for the interview and wish him the best for the remainder of his internship here at VINCO. Sep 1, 2021