20 Questions: The managing director of Brunsdon Financial takes on The Raikes Journal’s 20 questions
Just the thought of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali sparring with martial artist Bruce Lee (with a live soundtrack from Elvis Presley) would surely make his fantasy dinner party the world’s hottest ticket ever!
But his own advice - for the mere mortals among us and himself - is that hard work, and then some more of the same, is what will give us all the best chance of success.
His roots and heart are in the county, and at least two of its sporting draws have his whole-hearted attention and make his blood race, but if he had to choose to chill with a cold one it could well be watching the world go by outside a certain Cheltenham bar.
Lockdown and the pandemic has brought a new sense of unity and kindness to the fore he hopes will remain and there are dreams (which will perhaps one day come true) of travel.
But for the moment, Marcus Gomery is here in the county he loves as managing director of Brunsdon Financial - and he was good enough to spare the time to take on The Raikes Journal's ‘20 Questions’.
Question: What is your favourite film or series?
Answer: The Godfather films and The Sopranos television series.
Q: You’re hosting a dinner party and can invite any three guests from any time in history. Who would they be and why?
A: Muhammad Ali: he was in my opinion the greatest boxer of all time, but also a great thinker and philosopher. Elvis: great singer and seemed like an amazing guy. Bruce Lee: so focused and full of self-belief. I wonder if I could persuade Ali to spar with Bruce Lee after dinner while Elvis sings Suspicious Minds!!
Q: What is the best bit of your job?
A: The people I work with and our great clients. The clients trust us either with their personal life savings or the welfare of their staff. It’s very satisfying.
Q: What is the worst part of your job?
A: Constant rule changes in the industry.
Q: Who was your childhood hero or the person you looked up to?
A: My dad. He taught me honesty, integrity and to stick to my beliefs.
Q: Where is your favourite place in Gloucestershire?
A: I live in Cheltenham which I love but my roots are in the Forest of Dean. I adore the place and the people.
Q: What advice would you give to anyone starting out now?
A: Work hard, work harder than your peers, do not be frightened to take calculated risks.
Q: Was there a mistake or piece of bad luck which changed things for the better?
A: Not really, the harder I worked the luckier I got. Funny that!
Q: What is your favourite piece of music?
A: So many but if I had to choose it would be Human by the Killers.
Q: What qualities do you look for in a new member of staff?
A: I think communication skills are essential in our industry. Our core values are honesty, integrity and empathy. A sense of humour is required at Brunsdon Financial. We can teach people the day to day stuff.
Q: What is your favourite pudding?
A: Single Malt Whisky.
Q: Has the coronavirus pandemic changed how you see the world?
A: Absolutely. I love the fact that people are being kind to each other, and the unity has been fantastic. Long may it continue.
Q: If it was in the name of pleasure – would it be car, bicycle, walk, run, swim?
A: Drive. I love driving through the countryside.
Q: What is the best thing about living/working in Gloucestershire?
A: Lovely people in fantastic surroundings. We are so lucky to live in this part of the world with good access routes around the country.
Q: If you could wave a magic wand to achieve what you wanted to at work, what would it be?
A: To hit our medium to long term goals now and share the success with our staff.
Q: What’s your biggest frustration?
A: At work, it’s some of the red tape that we have to deal with and paying for less professional businesses’ mistakes. In general, negative people.
Q: If you could start again and had to do something else, what would it be?
A: I would probably have joined the Police force when younger if I had not joined the Financial Services industry. But if it was a dream job, then I’d be a professional football manager.
Q: Cheltenham Festival, any of the town’s others festivals, Giffords Circus, Stroud Fringe, Gloucester Rugby v Bath, Three Choirs Festival, Cirencester food Festival, evensong at Tewkesbury Abbey, or Newent Onion Fayre? And why?
A: Cheltenham Festival. I do love the rugby as well and Brunsdon Financial has a Box at Kingsholm. But the roar on the first day of the Festival is a buzz and I enjoy the whole week.
Q: If you had to recommend a pub or restaurant in Gloucestershire, what would it be and why?
A: In the summer I love sitting outside 131 in Cheltenham and watching the world go by. They have a great selection of drinks and the food’s pretty good.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
A: Possibly retired. We love to travel and socialise; I love my golf so maybe enjoying all these much more.
Q: What would you like to be remembered for?
A: For being a great dad. For being honest and fun to be with. Generally, for being a good person who did the right thing by others.
Marcus Gomery is managing director of Brunsdon Financial: www.brunsdonfinancial.co.uk.
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