Marc Sumner

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Marc Sumner

Managing director, Robertson Sumner 

Which tech figurehead do you admire the most?

Gary Vaynerchuk. I just love his raw honesty and social media videos.

What's the biggest challenge facing the industry no-one is talking about yet?

Everyone's talking about the talent crisis. However, no-one is talking about how to solve this - apart from my team of course! The myth of ‘the more recruiters working a job the better' is still widely believed in the channel; however, this has changed over the last several years. You're much better just using your favoured recruitment partner on an exclusive or retained basis as this is the only way to guarantee you'll be hiring the ‘best accessed candidate'.

If you could invite three famous people to dinner, who would they be?

Eddie Hearn, Thierry Henry and Tony Robbins.

How has 2017 been for you?

Great. Our best year and 30 per cent-plus growth! I'm very proud of the team.

What's the most extravagant business lunch you've ever had?

There's been too many, but probably at Olives, Las Vegas - we bled their ‘cloudy bay' dry!

Which global city best matches your personality?

Las Vegas. Or Neverland - forever young!

What would be your super-hero power?

Transportation. I'm a big believer that business is always best done face to face so would love to be able to get in front of more of our clients and candidates.

Complete this sentence. The worst thing about our rivals is… they just can't compete.

What makes you nervous?

Having to organise myself.

If you could eat one type of food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Curry. If only the Beaconsfield curry houses did a loyalty card… 

Sum up the channel in three words

Incestuous, diverse, inspiring.

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