My Working Life by Leo Speck

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

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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.

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