Meet Media Resources’ New VP of US Installation Services
Media Resources Inc., an integrated sign services company providing solutions for all signage verticals, is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel (Dan) Belling to the position of Vice-President, US Installation Services. In this role, Dan will have full responsibility for all US installation services as well as the operations of Irvin-Media Resources’ non-digital hardware division.
“We hired Dan given his incredible history of growing companies in both the sign industry and the retail industry,” says Jeff Rushton, President & CEO of Media Resources.
Dan is a retail services leader and will head MRI’s accelerated investment in the USA installation service business. He has exceptional skills in sales, marketing, and general management, with experience gained working in senior leadership roles for great companies such as Federal Heath and Cummings Signs. In addition to his deep knowledge of the Commercial Sign Industry and Installation Services, Dan is also a designated DSSE in Digital Signage and a member of the ISA Digital Signage Advisory Board. With his extensive knowledge and background, he can sell Media Resources’ entire products and services value proposition, including our complete line of indoor and outdoor VISIONiQ digital display products. Having played an active role in overseeing construction, design, and signage projects, we look forward to Dan leading our growth commitment in the USA installation services market.
“I have known and worked with Media Resources as a customer in the past, and when they approached me about the opportunity to expand our installation and services footprint in the United States, I jumped at the opportunity! Our vision and values align well, I’m excited to be a part of the senior team.” says Dan Belling.
We had the opportunity to ask Dan about his professional experience in the sign industry and how he became the leader he is today.
Check out the full Q&A:
- How long have you been in the sign industry?
I joined the sign industry as a buyer of signs while working at ACS and managing the Hertz/Dollar/Thrifty reimage program, that was in 2011
- What is the best advice you can give on growing your career?
My dad always told me to be the hardest worker in the room – people notice hard work and will always be willing to teach you the skills you need if they trust you will use them well.
- How and where do you find inspiration for innovation?
I believe that innovation is something that is somewhat learned over your lifetime. There is however a great book that I re-read every couple of years called “Innovators Dilemma” which does a good job of outlining why companies need to be thoughtful on innovations.
- What values are you committed to?
Hard Work as an example to others and servant leadership to those I work with.
- Think back 5 years ago. Did you envision your career as it is today?
I have never really focused on where I would be n 5 years, I generally think about where the company I am with will be in 5 years
- Was there ever a role you applied for & landed but weren’t 100% qualified to do? How did you proceed?
Yes – and it was the greatest learning experience/opportunity of my life. I worked for two great mentors
- Which leadership skills were the most difficult to develop?
Learning to say “no” to some opportunities to free time to say “yes” to higher value areas. Listening. Paying close attention to asking questions of others and then converting that learning into the best investments/decisions that will drive the business.
- What is the most important leadership lesson you’ve learned and how has it proven invaluable?
I had a habit of not allowing people to finish their sentence and finishing that sentence for them. When that was pointed out to me early in my Career, I became a much better listener and more valuable.
- What is the best advice you would give to a learning leader?
Find a good mentor, somebody that will be frank, honest and cares. Stay an active learner, read good books, ask people what they have read and follow that guidance.