In the Get to Know hotseat this month is Thomas Sabo’s Darrell Granton, UK and Ireland sales director for the company.
He talks switching over from a career at Marks and Spencer and says that outside of the office there is little room in his life for anything but quality time with his family.
How many years have you worked in the jewellery sector and how did you get into the industry?
For 15 years. I switched from a Marks and Spencer retail background to branded eyewear. Jewellery was a natural step and I have never looked back. I have spent the past ten years with Thomas Sabo.
What’s the first thing you do when you get into work in the morning?
I always prepare my schedule the day before. It’s a busy role, in addition to my hectic family life. I have to be organised so I can maximise my time. I always do the things that I don’t like doing first – top tip, never put something off.
What’s your most memorable moment in the industry to date?
There’s been so many. I really enjoyed mentoring a couple of young British designers. That was very rewarding. I have been on such a journey with the team at Thomas Sabo, and the memories we have made over the past years have been truly incredible.
What’s the most difficult part of your job?
I look after all sales channels and the speed at which our business moves can be challenging. But honestly, I work with incredible colleagues. We share a common goal, we are kind and respectful, and we are passionate about what we do. I couldn’t do it without them.
What do you most enjoy about working in the industry?
We all agree that the people within our industry make it. The passion, loyalty and creativity are stronger than most other sectors. It’s an industry that always moves forward. The talent of new designers within the UK and globally is exceptional.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
It’s all about my gang of daughters and spending time with my wife. There is little time for anything else. I love listening to music, oh and I also recently discovered that I like a spa day with no kids! Who knew!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
‘Everything is temporary’. This was given to me when we were about to have our first of three daughters. Sleep deprivation and parenthood! And also, ‘stay away from negative people’.
Which other company or brand (inside or outside the industry) do you most admire and why?
John Lewis. I love how they operate as a partnership, the retail sanctuary they create and the confidence they bring.
Tell us something about yourself that none of your colleagues know?
I am an aviation geek! Completely obsessed with flying. My boyhood dream was to be a commercial pilot.
If you won the lottery, what one luxury item or experience would you buy?
I would purchase a house in Provence [a region of southeastern France]. I’d invite all my friends and family for an epic summer holiday. I don’t think I would return!
If you could invite three people to a dinner party, who would they be?
Kathy Burke for the banter, Joanna Lumley for the conversation, and Elon Musk because he fascinates me.
What was the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
The WhatsApp group that we have with the wholesale team. Too many stories to mention – or maybe shouldn’t!