In the Get to Know hotseat this month is Parify Group’s latest addition, Garry Lane.
The business development manager for the company here details his love of sports including Formula One and golf, as well as his erstwhile football career…
How many years have you worked in the jewellery sector and how did you get into the industry?
I have worked in the industry for approximately eight years and started my career by joining CMJ as the supplier and events manager.
What’s the first thing you do when you get into work in the morning?
Catch up face to face with [Parify Group co-founder] Scot Walker. We discuss what we have on for the coming day and how we can progress projects along in the most effective manner.
What’s your most memorable moment in the industry to date?
Dressing up as Beyoncé and dancing in front of 450 industry peers at the CMJ Trade event.
What’s the most difficult part of your job?
Managing my own expectations of myself. I have to sometimes take a step back and remember Rome wasn’t built in a day.
What do you most enjoy about working in the industry?
The variety. Not one company or individual are the same which makes every day different. I also enjoy the pace at which the jewellery industry moves which keeps me on my toes.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Huge sports fan both in playing and watching which include football, golf, boxing and F1. Outside of sports I like to relax with my wife and two children, Mason (6) and Lola (10 months). Cooking is another passion of mine which I find really relaxing and allows me to switch off for a while.
Which other company or brand (inside or outside the industry) do you most admire and why?
Macmillan Cancer Support. Without the support they gave I’m not sure I would be here. Their efforts are way above the call of duty.
Tell us something about yourself that none of your colleagues know?
From the ages of 12-17 I played football for both Everton FC & Northampton Town FC.
If you won the lottery, what one luxury item or experience would you buy?
A round of golf at Augusta National which hosts The Masters. Its such an iconic sporting venue. Every time I see it on TV it just makes me smile.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
No matter your position or role in a company treat people the same way you would like to be treated. A ladder can be used to go up but also to come down.
If you could invite three people to a dinner party, who would they be?
Denzel Washington, Alex Ferguson and Martin Tyler.
What was the last thing that made you laugh?
Lola has an obsession with her mum’s make-up drawer. Last week while the wife was out… Let’s just say I had to buy a fair amount of new make-up and bath time was significantly longer that day.
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