Gary Kirk, Project Sales Director, SEC Storage

WLN – What’s the most exciting thing about your job?

The most exciting thing about my job is the simple fact that every project we work on is different to the last. You can deal with a different client who has the same product, but due to a different shaped building would require a completely different solution.

WLN – Who’s inspired you most in your career?

All though it pains me to say it, my boss Steve! He not only gave me my first opportunity but also taught me the basic principle that the new opportunity was king and orders are only a byproduct.

Therefore concentrate on getting the right type and quantity of new opportunities and the orders will follow. That and the best way to get new opportunities is to network, network and more network!

WLN – If you were an item in a warehouse, what would you be?

I think I’d want to be the warehouse management system because a good WMS will affect a business more than anything else, other than the people that run it.

WLN – If you had your career all over again, what would you do different?

Quite simply nothing! The hard times are massively over shadowed by the good times and the mistakes that I’ve made have made me what I am today.

WLN – What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you at work?

For the first time in 28 years in the industry I miss-measured a warehouse, making it bigger than it actually was! Although we managed to change the storage system design so that the client never lost any pallet locations, it still remains the most embarrassing/ frustrating thing that I’ve ever done.

WLN – Who or what makes you laugh?

] I’m very fortunate in the fact that I think I have quite a varied sense of humour and therefore there are lots of people who make me laugh; my son, my wife, my boss and my colleagues to name but a few.

WLN – Do you have any hidden talents?

Without sounding too much like my father, I’m a great cook and if I ever left this industry I would more than likely look to open my own eatery.

WLN – Who would be your favourite party guest?

Definitely my wife and kids but if I had to choose some celebrities then I’d go with Billy Connolly, Alan Carr, Sid James, Johnny Wilkinson, Ed Sheeran, Chris Moyles and Johnny Vaughan. And my Dad.

WLN – What is the greatest luxury in your life?

Time with my family.

WLN – What is your favourite guilty pleasure?

Drinking.

WLN – Do you have any secret ambitions?

I would love to have a go at MasterChef! Although the thought of it scares the living daylights out of me.

WLN – What’s your dream holiday destination?

My wife and I on Heron Island which is off the east coast of Australia.

WLN – What are your three favourite movies of all time?

Dumb & Dumber, Terminator and The Iron Giant.

WLN – What’s your favourite pastime?

Having started life as a plumber then spending 11 or so years as a storage systems installer I am rather sadly very keen on DIY! If I didn’t open a restaurant than I would definitely look to get in to buying, restoring and selling houses.

WLN – If you won the Lottery, what would you do?

Buy myself a Range Rover and then let the wife and the kids decide on the rest.

SEC STORAGE

The Storage Equipment Centre Ltd (“SEC Storage”) was formed in 1998 and has grown to become one of the largest independent distributors of warehouse storage system solutions with a turnover in excess of £6,000,000. It specialises in the design, supply and installation of multifaceted storage systems including pallet racking, shelving & mezzanine floors, working with its clients from initial conceptual designs to onsite installation and total project management. More information: www.sec-storage.co.uk.

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