IT Runner Tackles a Global Marathon
Tomáš Břeský manages an international IT business from Ostrava where he lives. He is a keen and
motivated professional with deep understanding of IT processes, with nearly a decade of experience.
He is responsible for IT projects done for Home Credit China with a team of over 100 experts.
Besides his global work, he is a sports enthusiast and chairs a youth sports club.
Mr Břeský, you lead a team of young people. What do you
find attractive in the IT job, and what can you offer to young
people to make them stay in the Moravian-Silesian Region?
Many people still consider IT jobs something nearly
mysterious, yet they demand simple rules and common sense.
What I find fascinating about this field is “interpretation”;
I mean interpreting the ideas and language of IT into the
language of business.
Young people often cannot see their opportunity for
fulfilment in the region. I notice that with our interns who
often want to get some practice for their jobs in our IT centre,
and are then surprised to discover opportunities locally that
they expected only to find with international employers
in Prague. We offer them a good opportunity to grow
personally and professionally and, with more experience, to
work abroad as well.
You work in Ostrava and in China. What is your business
and could it be performed from Ostrava only?
You can do any business from Ostrava but of course, the
role of a personal contact is irreplaceable. EmbedIT is an
IT centre supporting the activities of PPF Group, its groups
of Home Credit and Air Bank in particular. The operation
in Ostrava provides IT service to Home Credit in China.
That involves full IT administration and maintenance from
design and implementation of software to hardware.
Do you sometimes switch off your computer and phone,
or are you on-line all the time?
There are not many moments like these but a few times
a year I disconnect completely for a few days, to relax and
recharge. However, when it is possible, I keep in touch
somehow to be available in case of serious emergencies
even though I am not at work.
What keeps you staying in the Moravian-Silesian Region
besides your job and family? What is the quality of life
here compared to other parts of the world?
I think that a few people truly understand the charms of
environment we live in. There is good access to good
quality health care and education, and nothing can
replace the safety and beauty of our country. The same
applies to our region. There are beautiful places all over
the world. I have travelled numerous countries, but
Ostrava and the Moravian-Silesian Region is where my
home is. Ostrava has developed considerably in recent
years; a range of new organizations and businesses have
emerged, offering leisure, excellent meals, and delicious
coffee. If you want to relax from the buzz and fuzz of the
city and its traffic, go to the mountains: it is not a long way
to the Beskidy, Jeseníky or Tatra Mountains. Businesswise
it is not a long way to important cities such as Brno and
Prague. Moreover, when you need to travel long distance,
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either to Vienna or international airports in Poland, it is
just up the road. I do not want for anything here.
What attractions of Ostrava would you recommend to
I will repeat what I have said. To make the long story
short, Ostrava and all our region have almost everything.
Anybody will have their heart’s desires filled: there are
opportunities for active athletes, there is an increasing
number of entertainment and cultural events, workshops,
lectures and festivals, most of them with an international
impact. On the other hand, relaxation and peace can
be found on a hike in the mountains, on a day at the
ZOO, visiting a castle or an arboretum, going to see an
exhibition, play or concert, all handy.
At first sight, you do not look like a typical IT nerd.
As a top IT manager, how do you keep fit?
I have always been very active. I do not wish to become
a workaholic with hypertension and growing belly
who has no time to eat properly, do hobbies and meet
friends. I regularly work out and go running--outdoor
activities are the best. I cannot imagine my life without
a paddleboard any more. After a good exercise I love
relaxing in a sauna.
Tomáš, you are also a sports enthusiast and chairman
of a local sports club. What sporting events do you
recommend as an insider?
As a chairman of the sports club Atletika Poruba I must
mention the Golden Spike (Zlatá tretra) first, an athletic
meeting annually held in Ostrava for nearly sixty years
which has brought numerous world records. However,
there are many more sporting events, not just track and
field, but for example the Fed Cup and Davis Cup, regular
ice-hockey and football matches. Hikers may participate
in a few extreme events (marathon LH24 or the Beskid
Top Seven hiking race, Beskydská sedmička). Each visit to
a sporting event is a cool experience because people of
Ostrava are great sports fans.
What is your favourite place, local specialty, or recipe?
I sincerely love the Slezská Harta dam. It is a marvellous
place for active sports and relaxation. Nothing beats
a few days there by the water. Just paddle a few beats
and float. You can grill your lunch on the bank, or order
yourself a tankard of golden beer. These are the places and
moments which recharge my batteries. I am not very picky
with food: a grilled lunch and a cold local beer make me
Thank you very much for the interview.
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