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

‘For Every Event’: EPS rebrands for 2017

The Event Production Show has rebranded for 2017, with a new logo and new tagline: ‘For Every Event’.

Outside the box

From nightclubs to church crypts, through to disused prisons, EN investigates how organisers are unlocking the potential of cities and looking beyond the traditional exhibition space.

Goomeo partners with Planet Intus on indoor geolocation

Goomeo, provider of mobile applications and digital services for events management has joined forces with Planet Intus to launch ‘the era of indoor geolocation’ in exhibitions and conferences.

Elsewhere on EN

Marketing Manchester, Destination Bristol & more win VisitBritain funding

Marketing Manchester, Destination Bristol & more win VisitBritain funding

VisitBritain has announced successful applicants to its Event Support Programme.
Skiddle releases charity CHRISmas cards

Skiddle releases charity CHRISmas cards

Following the recent death from cancer of one of the Skiddle team, the company is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support with specially created CHRISmas cards.
CEIR announces focus shift

CEIR announces focus shift

The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) board of directors is realigning its resources to focus more clearly on producing industry-leading research on the exhibitions and events industry.

WATCH THE EN AWARDS 2016 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.
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.
2 Minutes with Sarah Mayo

2 Minutes with Sarah Mayo

Sarah Mayo, marketing director EMEA, Freeman and FreemanXP talks about her new role, playing golf with Westlife and the skills needed in our industry.

Latest News

Marketing Manchester, Destination Bristol & more win VisitBritain funding

Marketing Manchester, Destination Bristol & more win VisitBritain funding

VisitBritain has announced successful applicants to its Event Support Programme.
Skiddle releases charity CHRISmas cards

Skiddle releases charity CHRISmas cards

Following the recent death from cancer of one of the Skiddle team, the company is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support with specially created CHRISmas cards.
CEIR announces focus shift

CEIR announces focus shift

The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) board of directors is realigning its resources to focus more clearly on producing industry-leading research on the exhibitions and events industry.

Latest Galleries

ESSA 2016 Conference of Things

ESSA 2016 Conference of Things

This year’s ESSA Conference achieved a record attendance of delegates from across the events supplier industry, representing over 100 companies at Ricoh Arena, on 24 November.
The Prosthetics Event 2016

The Prosthetics Event 2016

Exhibition, education and shopping show The Prosthetics Event, returned to Conference Aston in Birmingham for the third consecutive year on 19 November.
World Travel Market London 2016

World Travel Market London 2016

World Travel Market (WTM) London 2016, which took place on 7-9 November at ExCeL London, celebrated its most successful show yet with a joint record attendance of 51,500.

Latest Opinions

Opportunity knocks

Opportunity knocks

Paul Byrom, AEO chairman and MD at Upper Street Events on the formation and goals of the new AEO Development Board
The height of safe practice

The height of safe practice

Andrew Harrison, ESSA director on continuing to build a robust, safety-first, working culture in events and exhibitions.
All part of the plan

All part of the plan

Kevin Horler, project director of Vividfish Ltd, on the importance of creating an inbound marketing strategy for your next exhibition.