Ian Miller has become one of the leading players at Pace Resourcing, helping businesses from the profile and architectural ironmongery sectors to recruit the best candidates in the market.
Where were you born
I was born in a little village called Royston in Barnsley and have lived there all my life – if you don’t count travelling the length and breadth of the UK and Europe on business for the last 25 years!
Your favourite sports
I am not personally a big sports fan but I got interested in fishing when my son took it up and was as proud as any parent could be when he qualified for the Sky TV covered National Fish-O-Mania competition last year coming second in the juniors. It was an amazing experience to be there, and seeing him compete at such an incredibly high level was a real thrill.
What inspires you
They say in life that there are two things which never come along at the same time – youth and wisdom…and how right they are. It is only in recent years that I have realised that the best values are already within us, and this came from my parents.
I was recently able to watch my dad be presented with the French Medal of Honour at the age of 91 in recognition of what he did in France in WWII. It made me realise that you have to do whatever is required of you at any given time in your life. I have also taken great inspiration from my mum (RIP mum) – the lessons they taught me and the values they gave me will stand me in great stead for the rest of my life, and if I can pass some of those on to my children then they will be all the better for it.
A temptation you cannot resist
Turkish Delight bars – unlike most of the bars we remember so well they’re still great after all these years. I also can’t resist biographies and self-management books. My collection is already too large…but keeps on growing.
When and how you joined the industry
I joined the industry in 1989 working for Door Panels PLC and I can still remember my first mobile phone….it was the size of a house brick! I joined as a Junior Salesman and since then I have worked at Bowater Halo, Hoppe, and the FIT Show. I have a lot of industry knowledge stored up for a rainy day, and have met an incredible number of people in that time.
Your biggest regret
Thinking too much about work when I was younger and losing site of important home values. The biggest piece of advice I would give anybody starting out is work as hard as you can to maintain a good work-life balance.
Your Greatest Achievement
Turning two left feet into Latino dancing weapons! I took up dancing some years ago and now enjoy, and teach Salsa, Kizomba, Bachata, Jive and Tango. If the Window Industry decided to run its own Strictly Come Dancing I would be the first to volunteer. It has helped my whole outlook on life and given me renewed energy.
Mistake you would like to correct
I would like to have travelled more when I was younger – there is a big wide world out there and lots for us to see and learn. The world is not as safe a place as it used to be and travelling now would be more difficult and dangerous.
Talent/Skill you would like to enhance
I really like to try to motivate people, and to make them smile. I can see a public speaking course beckoning, it is something I would like to do much more of.
If you weren’t in the industry
Definitely travel and tourism – travel really broadens the mind. I wouldn’t try to re-create my days as a junior sales rep for a holiday company however, something much more mature and sophisticated now.
To continue working successfully doing what I really enjoy doing, selling and putting good people together so that everybody benefits.