Richard Hill (E-CRM)
Born in Iraq with a sister born in Bahrain, a brother born in Kuwait, a mother born in China and a grandfather born in Burma I, naturally, live in Bath.
Boarding school where I loved rugby, cricket, soccer, riding and tennis then of to see the world - getting as far as Jersey.
Having to earn a living the wine trade seemed like a sensible lifestyle and aiming for a Master of Wine a pleasant objective until I was made redundant - having gained a Diploma.
Getting married and realising that lifestyle work didn't pay the bills I then, of course, became a student for 2 years at Brighton Polytechnic [DMS] and Warwick University School of Industrial and Business Studies [MSc Marketing]. Naturally this led to divorce.
Learning nothing from this rather clear message, I threw myself into work with American Express, Welbeck Finance, Citibank, Royal Insurance, Oriel Group, CGA, RPM and Person to Person making several billions for shareholders and a (very) few quid for myself launching, growing, turning round, buying out companies.
Luckily Margaret - yes, someone else was foolish enough to take the plunge and marry me - seemed to feel that all this activity was quite a good thing and 25 years later with two wonderful children [Benjamin who is reading Chinese in Liverpool and Victoria who is still at school], 2 cats and a dog we are still together.
I still love food and wine (as my photo shows), cooking, watching rugby (Bath Rugby, of course) painting, shooting and walking.
Authors: Patrick O'Brian, Arturo Perez-Revuelte, Georgette Heyer, Colleen McCullough, Robert Goddard, Isaac Asimov, John Connolly
Films: My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Kelly's Heroes, For a Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, Hang 'em High, Unforgiven, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Good Will Hunting, The Shawshank Redemption, 2001
TV: Friends, Fawlty Towers, I Claudius, Dr. Who, Star Trek, Horizon, The History Channel, Discovery Channel
Music: Mary Black, Dusty Springfield, Frances Black, G.F. Handel, Palestrina, A. Vivaldi, J.S.Bach, W.A. Mozart, E. Elgar, Leonard Cohen
Actors: Courteney Cox, Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, James Stewart, Katharine Hepburn
Food: Home cooked Italian, Lebanese, Spanish, other 'Mediterranean' and a good Indian or Chinese meal
Wines: Le Montrachet Domaine Jacques Prieur 1969, Chateau Musar (almost any vintage), any excellent Burgundy, many Margaux, any good New Zealand Sauvignon, vintage Port, Williams and Humbert Dos Cortados
Spirits: Delamain Cognac, Highland Park, Jack Daniels, other Cognacs
Cigar: [If only these days] Monte Cristo No.4
Cars: Toyota Supra Twin Turbo, Ford Sierra Power+ Supercharged, Lotus Europa Twin Cam
Dinner guests: Julius Caesar, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Edward 1st, Prince Albert, Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Sir Winston Churchill
So called 'reality' TV
Find a star shows - Pop Idol etc.
Interfering busybodies and governments
'Targets' rather than achievement
'Fat cats' who pay each other more and more
The Turner Prize and the 'art' it represents
PLACES I HAVE LIVED
Using EBUSINESS, ECOMMERCE, EMAIL, EMARKETING, ECRM, we help you to get and to keep more customers that stay with you longer so that you have better cash flow and profits. To grow, you have to get more new customers, keep more existing customers who purchase more more often at the most profitable price.
E-CRM helps you to achieve these objectives. We provide practical solutions that pay for themselves. In a nutshell we help you to make sure that your marketing works.
I am a major shareholder in and Executive Chairman of Innovantage.
Innovantage provides the largest UK collection of web harvested Vacancies, Contact Information and Biographies taken direct from company web sites.
Current systems use basic keyword searching. The use of Natural Language Processing technology means Innovantage is able to structure the undefined information published on company websites.
Our Knowledge Base learns from information it finds on websites - the offices and contact numbers of companies, people who work within these companies and of course all published vacancies, split by standard HR fields.
This gives you optimised business development, historical analysis of clients' recruitment for account management, provision of high-level competitive intelligence and the ability to assess best performing/emerging markets.
I am a major shareholder in and a non-executive director of Innovecom.
We deliver trust and understanding in IT. And we enable our clients to adapt to the changing needs of their customers.
Innovecom clients can run and grow their businesses without worrying about technology or systems - we ensure it just works. Our success depends on the success of our clients - our reputation and testimonials speak for themselves.