Group sales director, OISG Group
Career so far
I have worked for Ingram Micro, Tangible Benefit, Panacea Services and OISG Group
What was your first job and were you any good at it?
I was a paper boy and I was rubbish. Delivering a Thursday paper on a Saturday isn't conducive to a career in news distribution. I was sacked.
Who was your top teenage pin-up?
The Ultimate Warrior.
My colleagues won't know this about me but...
I have a slightly odd superstition. Before I go to see Spurs play I will recreate that same fixture on the Xbox until I win the game which obviously means we will win for real.
What is your favourite snack?
A large slab of pork pie with a bit of piccalilli on the side.
What has been your career high point to date?
Really my time at OISG and the team we have. We have gone from nine people in a live/work space in Canary Wharf to multi sites across the UK with 100-plus staff, four companies and £20m-plus turnover, all in a relatively short space of time.
Has 2013 been good, bad or ugly?
Good year. We have seen growth across all our four companies and the boxer we sponsor, Elliot Matthews has just secured the southern area middleweight title so a nice bonus to the year.
What do you say when asked at a party what you do for a living?
"I sell computers". If they ask any more I refer to IT and that tends to be the point at which most people switch off.
If I wasn't working in the channel I would probably be... I have always been in IT sales and always wanted to be in sales so I guess selling something non-technology related.
What will be the channel's biggest challenge in 2014?
The "third platform". IT architectures that leverage mobile devices, cloud services, social technologies and big data analytics.
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