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High-fiving Elton John, spending four days on the Trans-Siberian Railway, and having a one-on-one chat with Pope John Paul II.
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How perfect when your career is a manifestation of who you were from the start. John Camilleri grew up alternately watching exotic foreigners bustle through the halls of his parents’ London hotel and getting brown on the Mediterranean island of Malta, knowing in his bones he was bound for an explorer’s life. Boarding school in Oxfordshire confirmed him as an outdoorsman and a sportsman, that guy everyone wants on their team in pickup games of rugby, as much for his friendship and love of mischief as for his skills. Motorcycle road trips came in time and with a vengeance, but that entrepreneurial adventure spirit was in him all along, motivating him to start his own business before he even entered college. And then came sales and talent development, but only long enough for recruiting to grab him by the collar and say, Look here, mate. You were born for this. After single-handedly rebuilding the consumer practice at a boutique firm, he never looked back, and never-look-backers have a funny habit of winding up here. Indeed, John was instant family. “The people you surround yourself with have a huge impact on your mood and, ultimately, your performance,” he says. “I felt the mood at Zensho as soon as I walked in the door, and knew I wanted to feel it every day. Worlds apart from other firms.” And he’s a big part of why we are. From client needs to engines, John is a born fixer who must have “PHR” carved on his gas tank, the way that acronym fuels everything he does. Passion, honesty and respect. Words to make a life.