Career so far I started out at Sprague Electric where I spent four years as logistics supervisor. I was then at Microlease for 10 years, spent four years at Olivetti Computers, followed by 10 years at Ingram Micro. I have been at Misco for six years.
Do you care about green IT? I do, very much but I have a bad feeling that the horse may have already left the stable and nobody has shut the door, even now.
If you could be in a rock/pop band, which one would it be and who would you be? The Rolling Stones, Keith Richards. The ability to be immortal has always appealed. No one I know can understand how he’s still knocking out a tune. He defies the old adage of “live fast, die young”.
What is the best corporate jolly you have ever been on/taken partners on? A fact-finding visit to Japan with NEC was a real eye-opener and a lot of fun. NEC is a lot bigger in the southern hemisphere than any of us over here can imagine and the cultural difference in the way they approach everything makes you look at things from another perspective.
Has 2009 been as bad as everyone said it would be? Nowhere near. It’s helped being part of a larger broad-based organisation. The ability to turn our attention to other market areas has meant we could add revenue streams to fill the gaps left by the struggling product sectors.
Have any of your predictions come true this year? Scotland are not going to the World Cup in South Africa next year so that’s a big “No”.
What do you see as the channel’s biggest challenge in 2010? What do we do with “The Cloud”? The inevitable reduction in public sector spending.
What is the best part of your day? The bit that involves spending quality time with my family. I used to fill my calendar with exciting things to do and see but the aging process has definitely reduced that need.
Mike Walkey previously had a spell at Ingram Micro
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