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10-MINUTE MANAGER: Brian Branch

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10-MINUTE MANAGER: Brian Branch

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Brian Branch is manager of Branch Foods

Are you where you’ve always wanted to be?

No, but I learned early on that things never go according to plan, no matter how good your plan looks. It’s more about the journey and the process of learning and growth rather than the destination.

What is your biggest professional challenge?

Balancing the various aspects of the business since you need to be chief cook and bottle washer. Sometimes it can be difficult deciding what to focus on, with the time that’s available to you.

What is you biggest life challenge?

Finding a balance between work and life. Just because I love what I do doesn’t mean I should spend every waking moment doing it.

When you look to the future, what do you see?

I see a bright future full of opportunities for myself and my business Branch Foods here in Barbados. I believe there is opportunity out there but you just have to look for it.

What is your favourite pastime?

The beach.

What is your favourite meal?

Flying fish with green banana cou cou.

On Saturday nights, where are you likely to be?

Most likely be out with friends or at home relaxing.

What upsets you the most?

I get most upset when I see people wasting their lives and not living up to their full potential, as we are only given one chance to do what we can to impact the lives of those around us and leave things better than we found them.

What is your guiding philosophy?

Follow your dreams and believe that you can achieve them regardless of what people say about them no matter how hard or long it takes. Everyone will not see your vision nor will it make sense to them.

If you had the chance to manage Barbados for a day, what would you do?

I would change the University of the West Indies tuition policy so that students would be given a limited number of credits towards their first degree to start them off and they would have to pay the balance to complete their degree. Also, I would fix the roads as they are really in a poor condition; and allow casinos to operate in Barbados but ban Barbadians from gambling in them. (SC)