5 minutes with…

As CEO of The Highlands Group, Bob O'Gara optimises relationships between office products suppliers and dealers.


What you do in fewer than 20 words:

Optimise relationships between suppliers and resellers. 

Your first full-time job?

Office products brand advocate for Occupy Chicago in 1985, when no one cared if you occupied Wall Street, or anywhere for that matter.  

The worst job you’ve ever had?

Busboy in a restaurant where I was a service,
but not a person.

The industry figure you most admire and why?

Jack Miller. He created something original and took care of so many colleagues on the way. 

Your greatest strength?

Realising what I don’t know.

What has been the best innovation in OP in the last two years?

Tree-free paper from TreeZero. Amazing.

What do you like most about the OP industry?

It is a community that is very supportive.

And least?

It is too narrow a community and suffers from insularity. 

The first record you bought?

Wings by Band on the Run. Adolescent peace, a rare feeling. 

Your best piece of advice to a colleague?

Let yourself be lucky.

Things you begrudge spending money on?

Internet access.

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you’d do?

Share, I hope. 

What was your first car?

An Aspen Stationwagon.

If you could invite two famous people for dinner, who would they be and why?

Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain; who else better understands the confusion of life?

What sports teams do you support?

None – I’m from Atlanta. 

Your ideal night out?

Dinner with my wife Devon (she’s reading this). 

What is your greatest achievement?

Raising children; it always feels like an achievement and an adventure at the same time. The achievement is the joy I feel in being a father, and the challenge is that it never ends…ever.