Belfast Telegraph

This time it's personal - Q and A with Trevon Annon

Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

A. If you have a passion and a vision for the business you want to get into, go for it. But make sure you stick to the path meticulously. Keep going for it and if you work hard for it, you will succeed. 

Q. What was your best decision? What was your worst?

A. I have made a few howlers in my time, but luckily enough we are where we are now. My main drive has been the fear of failure. My worst decision was about 15 or 16 years ago when we had the opportunity to become involved in two shopping centres with their catering. It seemed like a good opportunity for the company but within a very short period of time it was clear it was a disaster and we had to get out. And if we hadn’t gotten out, it could have wiped the company out. My best personal decision was having the courage or appetite for risk to start my own business company in 1988. It’s a fairly major decision when you’re married with a young family to give up the comfort of a wage. 

Q. If you weren’t doing this job, what would be your other career?

A. When I was 18 I wanted to become a policeman. On my 18th birthday I lived in Holywood Road in Belfast and walked into the police station asking if I could become a policeman. They measured me against the wall but found that I was a quarter of an inch too short.

Q. What was your last holiday and where are you going to next?

A. My last big holiday was when we took ourselves off to the US and visited San Francisco, Boston and Cape Cod. As for my next, I’ll wait for my wife to tell me that.

Q. What are your hobbies and interests?

A. I play a little bit of golf and football. I was chairman of the Crimestoppers charity for around 12 years.

Q. What is your favourite band or piece of music and why?

A. I was at the U2 concert in the SSE Arena recently, which was absolutely fabulous. Take That are also wonderful. I like popular music and I’m not a classical musical buff. 

Q. What is your favourite sport and team? And have you ever played any sports?

A. I play a bit of golf and I’m also involved in the Irish FA and follow the Northern Ireland team. And I’m now the chairman of the new stadium company, the Windsor Park Stadium Development Company, which takes a lot of my time.

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