The Last Word

The Last Word from Rosaleen Thompson, new business development, LA Drinks

Rosaleen Thompson

Rosaleen Thompson

Rosaleen Thompson, New Business Development at LA Drinks answers our quickfire questions.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN
 IN THIS ROLE? 
Just over six months.

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY?
Check Twitter, read and reply to all emails and then it’s out on the road! No two days are the same but over the past months, I’ve built up a great customer base in North Down and the City Centre. I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of seeking out and winning new business and introducing our exclusive ranges, particularly our Blackwater Irish Gins.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
The copy department of a local magazine.

ENTERTAINMENT:

FAVOURITE TV SHOW: At the moment it’s Strictly.
FAVOURITE FILM: Shawshank Redemption
ALBUM CURRENTLY LISTENING TO:
A Head Full of Dreams.
FAVOURITE BAND: Coldplay (I’ve seen them live five times).
LAST BOOK READ: Does Red magazine count?
FAVOURITE CELEBRITY: Rory McIlroy (I play at Dunmurry and love what Rory has done for the game).

SOCIAL:

FAVOURITE FOOD: Ribeye steak
FAVOURITE RESTAURANT: At home it would be Fontana.
LAST HOTEL YOU STAYED AT: Hotel Lis, Baixa, Lisbon
LAST BAR/NIGHTCLUB YOU VISITED: Bittles, Belfast
FAVOURITE PLACE IN WORLD: Portugal
INDOOR CONCERT OR FESTIVAL: Indoor concert
LAST HOLIDAY: Sao Martino do Porto, Portugal.

DRINKS:

FAVOURITE HOT DRINK: Tea, preferably Punjana.
FAVOURITE SOFT DRINK: River Rock still water.
BEER OR CIDER: Not really a fan of either but Doyles Autumn Berry Cider.
WHITE OR RED WINE: I thoroughly enjoy both, look out for our Arrogant Frog Tutti Fruiti, I can vouch for it.
WHISKEY OR BRANDY: Whiskey – always with an ‘e’. Its got to be Irish!
GIN OR VODKA: Blackwater No5 Gin
COCKTAILS OR BUBBLY: BW No5 Gin Martini.

WHAT FOUR PEOPLE WOULD YOU INVITE TO A DINNER PARTY?
Graham Norton, Dara O’Briain, Aisling Bea and Dermot Morgan.

ONE ITEM YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
Same as everyone else these days. My phone!

WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL JOB?
Guess what? If I had taken pen to paper and written a wish list, I couldn’t have done any better. Going into pubs and clubs, hotels and restaurants and talking about gin, prosecco, wines, craft beers, ales – I love it! I’ve got my ideal job! Thanks Barry!

FAVOURITE QUOTE:
Never say never.

INSPIRATION IN YOUR LIFE?
Probably Hugh Kennedy, truly entrepreneurial.

THE MOST IMPORTANT LIFE LESSON YOU’VE LEARNT?
I am still learning. As long as you know you don’t know everything, you will always be open to new ideas and new challenges. That’s where opportunities lie!

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