Five minute interview: Lee Finck, PGP Corporation

MicroScope puts its questions to Lee Finck, senior director of worldwide sales at PGP Corporation. What is the best/worst advice you have received and from whom?

MicroScope puts its questions to Lee Finck, senior director of worldwide sales at PGP Corporation.

What is the best/worst advice you have received and from whom?
Best: "Beware the fury of a patient man" - quote from poet John Dryden.
Worst: "If it ain't broke, break it." 

What is the best book you have ever read?
Side Effects by Woody Allen.

Tell us something most people do not know about you
I have wanted to be in the IT channel since I was eight years old.

What temptation can you not resist?
Popcorn - I will sit through a bad movie for it.

What is your most elusive goal?
Finishing this "five minute interview" in less than five days.

Where is the one place you would like to visit before you die - and why?
I would like to sail around the Grenadines, West Indies. My first trip there was the best holiday I have ever taken.

What do you just have to do before you die - and why?
Sail across an ocean - because I have a great fear of being out of sight of land.

Which bit of technology would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island?
A satellite phone, so I would not have to be on the island very long.

Who helped you get to where you are today?
Virginia and Stan, who adopted me when I was two months old.

What was your first car and how does it compare with what you drive now?
A 1974 Dodge Charger then. A Range Rover now. I miss the massive bench seats in the Charger that doubled as an apartment.

What do you believe in most?
Rational thought, and beef short ribs.

Do you have any pets?
A fat feline throw-pillow named Riley.

If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be and why?
David Beckham, and why not?

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with?
Some kid wearing Lynx body spray. Instant nausea followed by a punch to the mouth. 

Describe yourself in one sentence
I would describe myself as too complex to describe myself in one sentence.

Why are you good at your job?
Integrity, humour, credibility (yawn).

If you were shipwrecked, who would you like to have with you?
MacGiver (from the TV Series) - to kill big game and start fires with a paper clip and duct tape. Jamie Oliver - to throw a coconut at a fish, cook up both, make you laugh, then serve dinner. Ray Mears - to build a shelter with tools used by early man.

Name three items (smaller than a fridge) that you would like to have with you if you were shipwrecked
A flame thrower, a flare gun, and a fishing rod.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be?
A cheetah. To find out what it feels like to run
at 70mph?

If a grizzly bear and a silverback gorilla decided to have a no holds barred fight, which would you put your money on and why?
I'm no zoologist, but I would opt for the grizzly. He's not only bigger, but he will keep coming until one combatant is dead. The gorilla will think too much when the wounds open.

Do you prefer cities or the countryside?
Have to have both. Either becomes tiresome in time.

Describe your perfect night out
Multi-Michelin star restaurant, followed by two hours of live funk or soul (with maybe one or two cocktails).

What would be your perfect holiday?
A two-week long channel conference.

Sum up the IT channel in one sentence
The most universally misunderstood and under-exploited route to market in the business world.

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