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The last word: Jeremy Rochfort

Jeremy Rochfort, national sales manager, Autoglass

What has been your biggest achievement in your current role?

I’ve only been national sales manager for Autoglass for six months, so I’ve just enjoyed getting to know the team, meeting customers and understanding how we can help meet their needs.

Who has had the biggest influence on your career?

No one person – I have learned from all of my managers, peers, colleagues, customers and suppliers.

What is your dream holiday?

Stellenbosch in South Africa was pretty magical – it’s where I proposed to my wife!

You are on a desert island – what three things do you take with you?

Tomb Raider, a Sony Playstation and a television (with very long-life batteries) to play it on...

What is your favourite sitcom?

Inbetweeners as it reminds me of my schooldays.

What was your biggest mistake in business, and what did you learn?

Not to chase volume at an unsustainable price. Volume is for vanity; profit for sanity.

Who was your childhood hero?

Ian Botham. I grew up in Taunton when he was a legend for Somerset Cricket Club and, of course, England.

If you won the Lottery, what would be the first thing you would buy?

A chateau with a vineyard in France.

Who was the last person you received a text message from?

My wife – to find out when I’m coming home.

What is your fondest childhood memory?

Parties at my parents’ house while they were away on holiday.

What is the one object you couldn’t live without?

My trusty eight-iron.

What was the pivotal moment in your life?

The birth of my two children – that changes everything.

What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?

Perfectionism is not a healthy pursuit of excellence. Attaining a high standard and seeking to do well equate to success.

How would you describe your leadership style?

Create a vision, and support the team to help them achieve their objectives.

What is your favourite film?

St Elmo’s Fire – the best of the Brat Pack movies.

What is your favourite dish at a restaurant?

Chicken tikka balti as it’s not quite the same when I cook it at home.

Which historical character do you most identify with?

Alexander the Great – king, general and empire builder.

When was the last time you took public transport?

I took the train from Loughborough to London.

What is your dream car?

Aston Martin.

What is the first thing you would do if you were made Prime Minister?

I’d create a three-day weekend.

When did you last feel guilty about the environment and why?

Watching an episode of Frozen Planet and seeing the break-up of the Antarctic ice shelf.

What is your favourite book?

Lord of the Rings. It’s still fantastic every time I read it.

Which superhero from comics would you most like to be?

The Incredible Hulk – I think I relate to the pent-up rage that lurks within us.


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