I would like to see Elavon become a widely-recognised global brand, working with some of the world’s top 50 companies each using products my team are building.
1.What was your first job, and how was it?
I think I was about 12 when I started my first paper round, and I quickly realised a couple of things that have worked well throughout my career - keep building your network, and look for opportunities. It did not take long to notice the houses with the nice cars and I soon swapped a week of early mornings for a much more lucrative Sunday morning car cleaning round.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
On one of my first days as a new salesman, a seasoned professional explained to me how it was important to remember that you have two ears and one mouth for good reason. He advised me to use them in that ratio.
If you could step into the shoes of one businessperson for the day, who would it be and why?
Lord Alan Sugar. I have met him along with the very first ‘Apprentice’, though at the time I was completely unaware of the programme. To be him in the day when handing someone a life-changing opportunity must be a great feeling.
In three words or less, how do you define success?
Money, money, money - you can hum the tune, I am sure. Probably not a typically PC answer but in my previous sales roles, if you are successful you earn it, and in my current role if we create successful products we both generate money for the business and get funding for further product enhancements. So in a business context it is a good metric. From a personal viewpoint I think in one word - contentment.
How do you motivate yourself and your staff?
My team motivate me. I have a fantastic team of self-motivated individuals all of whom enjoy what we are doing at Elavon today. We are working on several new products that will help shape the Elavon of the future and maybe even have an impact on the larger payments ecosystem. What more motivation do you need?
How do you relax?
Typically with a book in the sun while I am on holiday.
What would be your ideal job and why?
A tourism landscape photographer. I get to travel a fair bit in my role but never seem to have time to see or enjoy the places I go to.
What are your aspirations for the future of Elavon?
I would like to see Elavon become a widely recognised global brand, working with some of the world’s top 50 companies each using products my team are building. To win some awards for innovation in the payments world would be a bonus.
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