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Name: Gary Rohloff
Job Title: CEO
Company: Warehouse Stationery, New Zealand
What were your childhood ambitions? I wanted to be a professional soccer player up until I was about 12 years old, then a policeman.
What was your first full-time job? My first full-time job was at the Bank of New Zealand. I had a number of part-time jobs as a teenager, including delivering milk, pumping petrol and sweeping the floor of the local Woolworths variety store.
What was your first vehicle? A Hillman Hunter with a flash chrome air filter.
What is your ideal night out? A night out with my wife – starting with cocktails on the beach, then a seafood dinner with a great bottle of wine.
If you could invite two famous people for dinner, who would they be, and why would you invite them? David Beckham – I would just love to know how he bends a soccer ball like that. The other one is Nelson Mandela – his ability to forgive and lead never ceases to amaze me.
What is your favourite movie, and why? Crash – I love all the twists and turns.
What sports teams do you support? And why? The All Blacks – they are still the best rugby team in the world. Also: Manchester United. I have been a fan since playing representative soccer in their colours as an 11-year-old.
What is your favourite holiday destination? New Caledonia – the beaches are fantastic, as is the food.
What do you begrudge spending money on? Overpriced meals.
What makes you happy? Time with my family, playing golf (well), surfing with my boys.
What makes you angry? People saying they will do things and then they don’t.
What is your best piece of advice? Sometimes it’s better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
What has been the best moment in your career? I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy every moment of my career… although I’ve enjoyed some more than others.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My golf swing.
Have you got a claim to fame? I once played tennis against [two-time Grand Slam winner] Mary Pierce.
What is your greatest strength? I really believe in people and their capability to succeed.
If you had to sing at a karaoke next weekend, which song would you choose and why? Angels by Robbie Williams. It’s a great song and I think he is a great performer.
Have you got any annoying habits? (Be honest!) I’m sure my wife and boys could list plenty – you’ll need to ask them!
What is the best concert you have ever been to? There have been two – Robbie Williams and The Rolling Stones.
Do you have a tattoo? Details, please! Not yet!!!
Have you ever done anything dangerous or daring? No, but I am planning a parachute jump, we’ll see if I can follow through on that.
What business/management book would you recommend as essential reading? Jack Welch’s Winning.
Has your current job got anything to do with what you enjoyed doing/learned at school? Not really, I enjoyed sports at school.
What types of TV programme do you find most entertaining/irritating? I really like Boston Legal and Law and Order. South Park irritates me but my 15-year-old thinks it’s great.
When were/are you happiest? I’m happy pretty much all of the time, but I’m happiest on holiday with my family.
How would you like to be remembered? I would like to be remembered as a caring person who enjoyed life.
If the world had a President – who would you vote for? Nelson Mandela.
What is the craziest dream you’ve ever had? I’ll pass on that one – apparently some people study other people’s dreams and I don’t want them doing that to mine!!
What is mankind’s greatest invention? I used to think it was the wheel, but what would we do without mobile phones?
Describe yourself in three adjectives. Energetic, fun, competitive.