My Working Life by Leo Speck

The sales director at Aztec Event Services on Jimi Hendrix, cycling and full on lycra.

Twitter Facebook Google+ LinkedIn
Leo-Speck-NEW-resized.jpg

When I was a kid, I would often take a day off school and try to cycle to the beach from Tolworth near Kingston. We never made it to the sea.

 

I studied photography in college, as I have always been more artistic than academic.


I used to do a lot of road cycle racing in the late eighties at National level. I would often race on 80 mile courses and do time trial races of 50 miles.


For the last three years, I have been back cycling again and will often do the 50 mile ride from Rustington to work in about 2hrs 30 with a tail wind.


I have an obsessive personality. If I am into something I really buy into it.


For some reason, I like riding in the winter, in the rain and dark. I don’t know why, but I have this nature where I like to put myself through it.


Cycling kills two birds with one stone as it keeps me fit while allowing me to eat and drink whatever I want, which is a bit of luxury for a 43 year old.


I like to keep fit but I also really like to party. I am a more relaxed person in my job because of the cycling. It puts me in a really good zone for work.


I am one for the full on lycra – I even used to shave my legs so I was more streamlined. I thought about it last summer but I haven’t ridden as much. Maybe this year!


I sometimes wish with I carried on into my twenties, but basically the nineties came along and I found clubs and pubs more interesting.


I have a couple of little goals for next year including riding a stage of the Tour de France. It’s 186kms over the alpine mountains in July.


I have had many different looks but Leo inside hasn’t changed.


I’ve gone through having a flat top haircut with lightning bolts shaved into the back of my head, to growing my hair down to my waist with a massive beard.


I have always been a big fan of music that started with my parents’ love of country rock and blues.


Everyone who knows me will tell you I am obsessed with Jimi Hendrix.


I used to be a welder for double-glazed windows in a factory. I did it for two long years. For a 19 year old, I made loads of money doing it.


I got into Aztec in 2000 as an assistant technician. Bar taking a year off in 2003 travelling around Europe in a campervan with my wife. I have done pretty much every job at Aztec, from working in the warehouse all the way up.


Something I am very proud of is our digital signage business.


After we created our Digital Signage division in 2012, I have personally been responsible for helping to shape it into a significant business in its own right and one that has also provided Aztec with a major USP in the event space.


It’s great to be part of a business that is growing so rapidly, particularly with the new Aztec Live wing, which focuses on outdoor events.

Twitter Facebook Google+ LinkedIn

Related Stories

NOEA launches Futures Forum white paper

The National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) and GL events have released the industry’s first-ever white paper concerned with the future of outdoor events.

Kent Event Centre to host its first outdoor cinema experience

Kent Event Centre has announced that it is set to host an alfresco cinema experience with open-air cinema events company, Alfresco Events.

International Confex celebrates record visitors

Mash Media, organiser of International Confex, is celebrating a 35 per cent year-on-year rise in visitor number from 2016.

Elsewhere on EN

Industry reacts to Manchester Arena attack

Industry reacts to Manchester Arena attack

Following the explosion at Manchester Arena yesterday evening, which killed 22 and injured 59, associations and venues in the events industry have released statements.
AEO and SISO launch Independent Organiser Network

AEO and SISO launch Independent Organiser Network

The Association of Event Organisers (AEO) and the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) have entered into a reciprocity agreement following a meeting between their members last month.
BRICKLIVE to partner with Toys R Us

BRICKLIVE to partner with Toys R Us

Lego event BRICKLIVE has announced a new partnership with toy megastore chain Toys R Us, which will be hosting a pop-up at the show.

EN Awards Highlights

silverstream.tv

Most read Stories

Building emerald cities

Building emerald cities

From Malaria to Blenheim, through to UBM, Jane Risby-Rose – the 20-year story of her yellow brick road industry journey.
Come to Confex and be inspired

Come to Confex and be inspired

The exhibition and events industry is all about the power of face-to-face, the art of exhibiting and networking with old friends and new, which is why EN would like to personally invite you to attend International Confex to learn more.
5 top marketing tips from AEO Forums 2016

5 top marketing tips from AEO Forums 2016

Looking to the future and learning from the past at AEO Forums 2016.

Latest News

Industry reacts to Manchester Arena attack

Industry reacts to Manchester Arena attack

Following the explosion at Manchester Arena yesterday evening, which killed 22 and injured 59, associations and venues in the events industry have released statements.
AEO and SISO launch Independent Organiser Network

AEO and SISO launch Independent Organiser Network

The Association of Event Organisers (AEO) and the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) have entered into a reciprocity agreement following a meeting between their members last month.
BRICKLIVE to partner with Toys R Us

BRICKLIVE to partner with Toys R Us

Lego event BRICKLIVE has announced a new partnership with toy megastore chain Toys R Us, which will be hosting a pop-up at the show.

Latest Galleries

Grand Designs Live 2017

Grand Designs Live 2017

The 13th edition of Media 10’s Grand Designs Live returned to ExCeL London from 29 April to 7 May, featuring more than 500 exhibitors across six key sections. Grand Designs star Kevin McCloud one again hosted the nine-day exhibition.
Insomnia60

Insomnia60

Over 50,000 video game fans from across the country descended on Birmingham’s NEC on 14-17 April for Insomnia60, the UK’s largest gaming festival.
A sneak peak at Somerset House's new event space

A sneak peak at Somerset House's new event space

Some of the industry’s leading event organisers were treated to an exclusive preview of Somerset House’s largest and most versatile indoor event space at an open house event on 19-20 April.

Latest Opinions

Show or tell?

Show or tell?

Roopi Woodall, marketing manager at the QEII Centre, asks if the art of conversation on social media is dead – and how to engage with audiences if that’s the case.
You get what you ask for

You get what you ask for

Sue Berry, managing director at TimelessTime Ltd, discusses the importance of people metrics and measurable objectives.
The Anti Cyber Attack Checklist

The Anti Cyber Attack Checklist

Following the global cyber attack on 12 May, event tech supplier RefTech has compiled a checklist for individuals and companies to follow to help them reduce the risk of future attacks.