Our first Meet the Team of 2016 is with Mark Naisbitt one of our directors here at Ultimate. So without further ado it’s over to you Mark…
1. Let’s start from the beginning. In brief, describe the role of your job at Ultimate and what you do?
My job profile today has benefited greatly from the experience gained from previous employers and from developing our business over the years. Now that we have a project team behind us, I am able to focus more time on growing the business by giving extra time to existing customers but also exploring new sales opportunities. I enjoy developing a brief with my team and then the presentation of the design and specification. Once successful, I will then work with the assigned project manager to oversee the delivery of the scheme. I also mentor our apprentices, which I find very rewarding.
2. All things considered, what type of work is most likely to spark the fire in your brain? What is your dream project?
On any project we have the ability to deliver more than what was expected, even if it is just one operator/task chair. A dream project, which I am glad to say is reality, is one where there is an exciting design that I can help influence through my industry knowledge, we win it of course and it is delivered with accolades all-round.
3. What incredible new invention would make your job easier and turbo charge your productivity?
Time travel is long way away so although I enjoy driving, a driverless car would enable me to work or even just sleep my way to client meetings.
4. When all the hard work is over, what is the most satisfying aspect of your job at Ultimate?
Now that we have a strong team behind us, having time to progress ideas to fruition is extremely satisfying.
To quote Florence Knoll, “Good design is good business”
5. If you could send out just one message that sums up your industry, what would you say?
To quote Florence Knoll, “Good design is good business”, and to that I would add that it always costs that little bit more but that extra investment is returned many times over. I should practice this at home too.
6. If you could teach one lesson to your younger self about your area of work, what would it be?
You are never too old to learn and listen to those that may just know better.
7. When a project presents you with a difficult challenge, what is your ‘go-to’ tactic for tackling it?
Close the office door, switch off the phone and plan.
8. Finally, at the end of a long working week, what does your perfect weekend involve?
Dependent on which mood I am in, spending time with my children and wife (add/delete), gardening, DIY, hiking, cycling, watching rugby, eating and drinking (in moderation of course).
Posted February 2, 2016