The importance of a Community Builder: This is how Tino Pérez lives it
If CREC Coworking was a football team, Tino Pérez would be our academy player. Tino joined CREC Poble Sec as an intern in 2016 carrying out administration and finance tasks. Today, almost 5 years later, he has become an essential Community Builder for everyone.
Pictures by Nicola Mesken
If your best time to work is in the afternoon, surely you have chatted with him. Whether in Eixample or Poble Sec, Tino stands out for his kindness when it comes to serving all coworkers.
He defines himself as a “caring, friendly and patient” person and knows clearly how he differs from the rest of Community Builders: “As a team we have many strengths in common, but it is clear that my afro hair makes a difference”, he explains with a laugh.
“Being a Community Builder is much more than managing a space: we are the channel for any professional or social relationship in coworking”
Speaking of teamwork, one of the values that Tino highlights is his relationship with the rest of Community Builders. “I think we are very involved with the project and it shows. We are always attentive to make our community grow ”, he explains. For him, the importance of a Community Builder is much more than the management of the space: “We are the channel for any professional or social relationship in coworking”.
This will has always been present, even in the most complex situations: “During quarantine we made a great effort to stay in touch with all the coworkers, make sure they were well and continue creating connections.”
This relationship with other coworkers is what he enjoys the most about his work… Even before they join CREC! Tino himself explains that “what I like the most is receiving a potential coworker. It is what I have improved the most and I always like to receive visitors and convince them that this is the best coworking in Barcelona”.
“I always like to receive visitors and convince them that this is the best coworking in Barcelona”
When a coworker has been at CREC for a few weeks, it is easy for them to create a good relationship with the Community Builders. In his 4 years here, Tino has got along well with many people and finds it normal, since we are “the architects of the community“.
Therefore, many of these relationships are not only professional, but also personal. And a Community Builder can grow as a person in his/her day to day. Proof of this is an anecdote from Tino himself in CREC Poble Sec, when a former coworker came by with his son:
“The boy had an accident as a child and had some communication handicap. He wanted to promote a project on how the accident was and his progression. Despite the difficulties, the feeling was so good that we understood each other and I was able to help him. There I understood what it means to be a Community Builder“, he concludes.