Name: Brett Delmonte
Job Title: Business Manager
Company: Tasman Industries
Describe what you do in less than 15 words. I source/import products for our retail and OP customers in New Zealand. I also buy the Xmas hams for our staff.
What were your childhood ambitions? Pro-tennis player but my second serve was my weakness.
What was your first vehicle/car? A 1961 VW, complete with green moss inside back window.
What was the first record you bought? The Who Live at Leeds.
If you could invite two famous people for dinner, who would they be, and why would you invite them? George W Bush. My wife Helen will cook dinner while he explains the global credit crunch to us both.
What is your favourite movie, and why? Midnight Express, never bring dope into Turkey.
What sports teams do you support? And why? The All Blacks, the best rugby team in the world. (Rugby is like gridiron without the sissy helmets and padding).
What do you begrudge spending money on? Taxi drivers who take you the long way home (shouldn’t get drunk, I guess).
What makes you happy? Answering all my emails by the end of the day, closing the office door and getting to the beach with my family as soon as possible.
What is your best piece of advice? Keep it simple, sell-in, sell-out.
Which industry figure do you most admire? Mr Tenacity: Colin Gallagher, the founder of our company, Tasman Industries.
If you weren’t doing your present job, what job would you like to be doing? Actually being a pro-tennis player, practising that second serve. It would be faster and deeper.
If you won the lottery, what would be the first item you would buy? An OPI subscription.
What is your biggest weakness? Telling customers: "No problem, I’ll complete the new product form today."
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? Picking tomatoes in greenhouses in Surrey, England.
If you had to sing at a karaoke next weekend, which song would you choose and why? God Defend New Zealand. I’m a proud Kiwi mate!
What is the most memorable travel experience you’ve had while in the OP industry? Approaching Heathrow to land, we touched the runway, then accelerated up again. Must have been the wrong airport.
What is the best concert you have ever been to? Joe Cocker, in Auckland, 1971. They had to drag him out of a bar. He was tanked up but was just the best.
What do you think will be the biggest single factor/issue affecting the OP industry over the next five years? The global credit crunch will linger for the next five years creating opportunities for those that survive.
Do you have a tattoo? My wife does. It says: "I love Brett".
Do you have any famous ancestors/relatives? Delmonte pinapples…someone tell them I live in New Zealand!
When were you at your happiest? Back when you spent 80 percent of your efforts selling your product and 20 percent filling out forms. Now it’s the other way around.
What business/management book would you recommend as essential reading? FHM and Ralph.
Has your current job anything to do with what you enjoyed doing/learned at school? Well, I did learn to use a pen and paper.
What types of TV programme do you find most entertaining/irritating? American reality shows are crap. America’s most intelligent model [sic] for instance. God, give me a break! Give me Coronation Street any day.
Have you ever done anything dangerous or daring? I did a bungee jump at Lake Taupo.
If the world had a President – who would you vote for? Richie McGaw, the All Blacks Captain.
What is the craziest dream you’ve ever had? All of Tasman’s customers rang me and advised that rebates are no longer required. I woke up in a cold sweat!
If you had one day to live what would you do? Mow the lawn and zap down to Whangamata for a quick surf.