Q & A with Jamie Moore
Tell us a little about yourself
I am originally from Northern Ireland but went to University in Scotland, then gradually worked my way south to London. My career has been pretty much exclusively sales and predominantly hospitality technology focussed. As of 2018, I’m married and now have a 2-year son, Freddie!
What attracted you to join Alliants?
I knew some Alliants team members from previous roles and through the hospitality sector. When they began joining in 2020/early 2021, it piqued my interest in the company. The opportunity to work with Alan O’Riordan, whom I knew from the industry and knew him to be well-liked and respected was appealing, and once we began speaking and he showed me what Alliants was doing for the sector, I was sold. Meeting Tris and other team members rubber-stamped that. It was simple - great people, great culture, great product. An easy decision.
What are some of your passions?
Golf, food/cooking, wine, European cities, having conversations over a pint with no mobile phones anywhere to be seen, sustainability...I get not enough of some and too much of others in that list.
Who has been the biggest influence in your career?
2 people - my good friend Matt Hendrickson. A big, brash, fun American whom I met on day one of University. Having come from a sleepy seaside village in Northern Ireland, his loud, bold, ‘dream big’ attitude, but with charm, was like nothing I had seen before and made a lasting impression. I find him quite an inspiration. We are still in touch today and safe to say he’s doing well. The other...I wouldn’t like to say, his head might explode!
What is a great day off for you?
Well, now that I’ve got a 2-year-old, it would probably be doing stuff with him that involves cars or water (he loves both), but that’s not a very exciting answer! Pre-child, a morning round of golf on a great course with 3 friends, followed by a beer-filled lunch. Then, lying on a hot beach, under the shade, with a book would be the afternoon plan, followed by dinner with a sea view and great wine while watching the sunset...I’d maybe even invite the Wife.
What’s been your best travel experience?
When I was 20 I went to America to stay with a friend for around 4 weeks. We spent a huge amount of time taking road trips off the beaten track. We went to parts of cities such as Baltimore, DC, NY, Philadelphia that tourists would never typically go to or would never have the opportunity to without local contacts. It was sometimes sad, wasn’t always the safest or recommended but very ‘real’, eye-opening, valuable, and filled with great characters. It was the definition of learning about a country in a way you only can by being there.
Your best travel tip?
I’m a big believer in stopping to take it all in and be ‘in the moment’ (excuse the cheesy expression). Therefore, don’t ‘overplan’ or feel you need a packed agenda...keep plenty of space free in your itinerary to just go and get lost - walk aimlessly when in cities, drive aimlessly when in the countryside. It’s amazing what you’ll stumble across.