Name: Basil Bannayi
Current job: Managing director of Surrey Asset Finance / Close Print Finance
Career: Surrey Asset Finance (1992 – present)
What was your first ever job?
Selling shirts in a shirt shop near Cannon Street, aged 16. It was called AJ Neale and Co, and I was sacked after my month’s probation.
Where is the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in the office?
Going for lunch with the girls in our new business department.
What time do you usually leave the office?
Usually between 5.30pm and 6.30pm
What’s your favourite restaurant?
Nina’s at the Arabian Court in Dubai.
What do you do at weekends?
Between the months of March and October, I race my motorbike. This year my team won the 1000cc HMRC Endurance Championship.
Who is your mentor or role model?
David Dine, one of my business partners at Surrey Asset Finance. He hasn’t got a clue why, but he’s simply brilliant and I learn something new from him every day. Some of it is even about finance.
What’s one of the best things about your job?
Working with friends who I trust and who trust me.
If you weren’t in your current job, what would you have been?
I would have been some sort of property developer or landlord.
What’s the toughest thing about your job?
Somehow making a little bit more money than the previous year – so far we have managed this since 1992.
What’s your biggest work/career mistake?
Leaving it so late to start Surrey Asset Finance in 1992 – I was 28 years old.
What cars do you drive?
Porsche 911 and a BMW X5.
What book are you currently reading?
MCN Circuit Guide.
What’s on your CD player or MP3 player at the moment?
A compilation put together by my wife from her iPod. She seems to think I like ‘gangsta rap’.