Gerry Carlile: 'I stopped playing GAA, but I'm still a keen footballer'
Q&A: Gerry Carlile
Q: What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given?
A: When my dad was encouraging me to study he told me: "Fail to prepare, then prepare to fail." I think it's good advice in life or business.
Q: What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business?
A: Believe in yourself and don't be afraid to make mistakes. Be brave and keep knocking on doors until they open. I'd also encourage people to show respect for others and remember that good manners can take you a long way.
Q: What was your best business decision?
A: Launching my new PR firm, Evolve Communications and Public Affairs, in 2016.
Q: If you weren't doing this job, what would be your other career?
A: I came close to studying law. So based on the decision to study business rather than law, I am where I am today.
Q: What was your last holiday? Where are you going next?
A: I went to Portugal in July. Next summer we are planning to go to Florida to visit Disneyland with the children. We also try to get to Donegal as often as possible.
Q: What are your hobbies and interests?
A: I am interested in football, rugby, books, politics, good conversation and good restaurants.
Q: What is your favourite sport and team?
A: Favourite sport is football and my favourite team is Celtic.
Q: And have you ever played any sports?
A: I have played football and GAA throughout my life. I stopped playing GAA a few years ago, but I'm still a keen footballer when I get the chance.
Q: If you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book?
A: My favourite book is an old one, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Q: How would you describe your early life?
A: I had a great upbringing and was fortunate to have parents who were focused on family, sport and education.
Q: Have you any economic predictions?
A: I have some concerns about the implications of the EU exit. I'm not sure it provides business and wider society with a strong platform to go forward from. I also think we need a government focus on providing employment for those who feel disenfranchised. A job provides a wage and also gives somebody their dignity. If we work towards helping more people into employment, the economy will improve and society will benefit.
Q: How would you assess your time in business?
A: I have worked hard and tried my best not only in terms of my own business but in terms of playing a positive role within the wider Belfast community.
Q: And how do you sum up working in sports management?
A: Sports management is frantic and challenging. You have the livelihoods of professional sportspeople in your hands and you need to be careful with every move you make.