Name: Terry Pritchard
Company: Chase UK Corporation and Excel Finance & Lending
Job title: I'm not big on titles so El Supremo is what I make staff call me, although they apparently have several other affectionate names that they use to refer to me when I'm not in the immediate vicinity.
Where do you live?
Angmering on Sea, West Sussex
Describe your current Job:
I am a poor administrator like most genius salesman so I stick to sales and marketing and avoid paperwork. I enjoy the time spent designing products and working them through with lenders.
What was your first job?
In the RAF as a musician but shortly after joining they closed most of the bands down so I was given a job in the intelligence flight. Despite my efficiency in trying to mess up the entire military service, they promoted me. Scary.
What was your last job?
Sales director at Crusader Insurance (now Britannia Life).
What have you done in between?
Various jobs, such as musician, area director for Hambro Countrywide, manager at Avco (haven't we all) and jockeys' agent.
What has been the defining point of your career?
Waking up one morning and realising that you only get out of life what you put in.
And the most embarrassing?
Whilst drunk at an IMLA dinner I got talking to a chap who told me how unhappy he was with his current employer so I gave him a business card and told him to call me. Some 20 minutes later I was speaking to another guy who said he was having trouble finding quality staff so I launched into a sale of my new-found friend rounding it off with: “I think his boss is a bit of a wanker”. I duly pointed out my new mate and swanned off into the crowd. Five minutes later I went outside only to see the two beathing each other up- until they saw me. I made my exit. It's hard running with a fat Cohiba in your mouth.
Do you have a mortgage?
Yes. It's with Bank of Ireland and is fixed for another three years at 4.19%.
What's your favourite restaurant?
It must be the Bella Vista restaurant in East Preston. It has the best wine list outside London and the owner is Basil Fawlty (I'm serious).
What's the most you have spent on dinner for two?
£475 in the Blue Dolphin, Copenhagen. I was out there racing one of our horses and we ended up in the Dolphin drowning our sorrows.
What's your favourite band?
I listen to a lot of guitar music. I like Santana and Eric Clapton but I also like heavier rock music such as AC/DC and Judas Priest.
What's your favourite tipple?
Anything that includes alcohol, including meths and industrial floor polish – as long as it's of a good vintage, of course.
Do you have any hobbies and interests?
Horse racing, of which I am the undisputed, though self-proclaimed, industry guru. And Portsmouth Football Club, which, let's face it, is probably the best club in the South of England.