As a lead for our Industry Solutions team in Moscow, Kirill works with members of our professional community, helping them get the most out of the Houzz platform. Outside of work, Kirill enjoys cooking and playing ice hockey and is currently learning to speak Polish. 

How did you begin your career?
I studied engineering in school, but realized that I wanted to find a role that would allow me to communicate with people more directly. Through an internship, I found that I really enjoy sales because I can help people to find solutions to business challenges. It was the final piece of the puzzle for me. 

What brought you to Houzz?
I really wanted to work for an innovative company, so when I found out that Houzz was hiring, I decided to apply.

What do you enjoy most about your role? 
I like helping professionals to grow their brand visibility and interact with homeowners. Listening to their challenges in trying to reach new customers and being able to provide a customized solution that works for them is very rewarding.

What is your favorite Pro+ feature? 
Home professionals really see the value in Pro+. It’s such an asset for their business. Most of all, I love that they can use beautiful pictures to showcase their completed projects. 

What do you like most about Houzz? 
I just really enjoy coming to work. The team is great. I love sharing this cool office with my colleagues and participating in fun activities together. Houzz also offers the opportunity to learn new skills on an ongoing basis which is an awesome tool for me to continue growing my career.

What’s something that has surprised you about working at Houzz?
The most surprising and exciting thing is that the Houzz team really feels like one family. I have never experienced the same feeling at another job.

What advice do you have for others looking to start a similar career?
Think about what you want your customer to remember after you talk and make sure those are your strongest messages. Also, be sure to tailor the conversation to each person’s individual needs.

How have you used Houzz at home?  
I’m planning to renovate my flat next year and have already created several ideabooks for each room. I am looking forward to hiring a home professional from the Houzz community and know that I will find one that will fit my taste perfectly!