Seat 3A: Peter Day, Founder and President, Endo Networks Inc.

Seat 3A: Peter Day, Founder and President, Endo Networks Inc.

Lifestyle | Posted by - January 15, 2015 at 1:00 am

Name: Peter Day
Hometown: Oakville, ON
Home Base: Oakville, ON

Bio: Peter Day is a successful Canadian entrepreneur whose work in industries ranging from telecom to personal care were all preparatory for the creation of Endo Networks. As a result of Day’s vision, Endo has grown into the North American leader in in-field sales and marketing automation. He lives in Oakville with his wife Elena and 2 daughters.

Q: Most visited destination for business
A: Major cities in the U.S. 

Q: Local knowledge tip
A: Don’t trust any airport restaurant that claims to serve “authentic” dishes. 

Q: DIY vs. travel agent 
A: My wife Elena is my travel agent – she cares about how much time I am gone, and how much money we save!

Q: Most impressive airport
A: While Beijing Capital International Airport is spectacular, I’m impressed by the sheer convenience and expediency of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, and its services are only getting better.

Q: Preferred luggage
A: Practical Samsonite, and lots of them – I do not like to travel light if I don’t have to!

Q: What three things are on your must-pack-or-will-suffer-a-meltdown list? 
A: Phone charger, a new paperback novel, and a pack of gum.

Q: Preferred airline
A: I don’t have one – there really isn’t one that I find to be significantly better than any other in terms of flight availability, traveler experience and price.

Q: Aisle or window
A: Aisle – leg room!

Q: Jetlag strategy
A: Avoid drinking alcohol on the plane, drink water, and workout. And, don’t change your sleep pattern if it’s a short trip.

Q: Staying in shape on the road 
A: There is no excuse not to do a 20-minute crossfit-style workout in your room.

Q: A travel moment that sparked an entrepreneurial idea or solution
A: Almost every flight I take, I sit next to someone who has something interesting to share, either related to what they do for a living, or from their comments on what I do for a living.  

Q: Most interesting foreign brand unknown in North America that you think gets it right
A: Ginza Project restaurants in Russia, huge selection, properly prepared, great environment, great service and each one is unique yet really well executed.

Q: Your preferred conference hotel
A: If I am traveling expressly for the conference, then I want convenient access for fast in and out. If I am traveling with my family (which is my preference), I like somewhere from which we can do fun day trips, stay a couple extra days and experience a new place.

Q: Best hotel for makeshift office options
A: My office is in my briefcase, and I no longer need anything from the hotel but electrical power and a chair.

Q: Time & money saving tips
A: NEXUS Global Entry, it’s a must-have for frequent travelers to the USA. 

Q: What hotel has truly lived up to the hype?
A: Chicago Waldorf Astoria.

Q: On the flipside, a hotel that has been a crashing disappointment?
A: Never had a crashing disappointment with a hotel in recent memory – its too easy to check them out online in advance.

Q: Your most amusing or regrettable holiday souvenir
A: Cow Tipping mug from Iowa – amusing, not regrettable.

Q: What foreign phrase do you most enjoy tossing about?
A: Déjà Vu.

Q: Brushes with greatness: Most famous or interesting person you have spotted or bantered with on your travels… 
A: I was once stuck in an airport for a couple days with John Candy... Oh wait, that was a movie I saw on a plane.

Q: Tell us about a great little place you recommend to friends.
A: There is a restaurant at Key Colony Inn in Marathon in the Florida Keys that isn’t fancy or expensive, but dishes out delicious, fresh seafood.

Q: Confess to one thing you’ve nicked from your hotel room
A: Slippers from Fairmont. But it wasn’t intentional…

Q: Favourite island
A: Hong Kong on a clear day is spectacular.

Q: UNESCO World Heritage Site that blows your mind
A: Rapa Nui (Easter Island). It is truly mind-blowing.

Q: A travel themed film that has really moved you
A: The Red Balloon – does that count? How many times did Air Canada play that back in the day…

Q: A beloved travel book, fiction or non-fiction
A: In my office bookshelf I have Mutiny on the Bounty, the biography of William Lear and Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss.

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Si Si Penaloza has been jet-setting to the world's top destinations for over a decade, contributing to The Globe and Mail, JETSET and NUVO. She has trekked the Himalayas in seersucker pajamas, tracked baby kiwi birds at Cape Kidnappers and observed octopus at 80 feet below in Bora Bora.

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