This insight is part of the ‘Victron Energy people: Who is who?’ series of blogs.
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My name is Lucian Popescu, Sales Manager for the Eastern Europe countries (Romania, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Slovakia and Slovenia) which was previously the responsibility of Ruurd ten Brink and Leo Yntema. I live in Romania, near Bucharest with my wife Iulia and our son and daughter.
Since graduating earlier in life, I have enjoyed working in a technical capacity in the banking & telecom sectors, however I’ve always been inclined to seek new experiences and decided to run my own business in 2005. First it was GPS tracking & monitoring solutions, then during the construction of my house, I discovered my passion for green energy – which continues to this day.
Whilst constructing our home, I taught myself Arduino programming to remotely control all the systems inside the house and then developed it into a business (trading with electronics for hobbies, 3D printers, robotics and automation). All these exciting projects were powered by renewable energy.
Following my passion for technology, I discovered Victron Energy products. I really liked them, to the extent that I started a new business in 2014 – and with Ruurd’s help became a Victron Energy distributor later that year. I so enjoyed the business, creating our own chain of sub-distributors and constantly increasing the turnover. Running a busy business didn’t stop me rising to even more new challenges though. I had an ambition to build my own electric car from an old Dacia – and did it!
Learning from our house build and the huge advantages of producing your own energy, plus keeping in mind the comfort it gives our children – I thought it would be nice to help poor families with children by donating and installing complete PV systems for them. After doing this (along with World Vision) Ruurd saw the project photos and decided to involve Victron in these donation projects in Romania. In this way, I came to know a lot of Victron employees – not knowing at that time I would soon be a colleague.
A new challenge came when Ruurd retired and I received a proposal to work for Victron Energy, which I was delighted to accept. My work was made all the easier by my earlier involvement, where I’d already had the opportunity to meet many interesting and committed distributors, learning a little about their countries and languages. During the times I’m not travelling, I like to spend it with my family, cooking for them but also enjoying and improving our home technology.