MEMBER IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Member in the spotlight For this issue of Member in the Spotlight, we are pleased to feature Nicholas Jon Barton. Nick joined the Club in 2015. He is currently a Chief Commercial Officer of Intercontinental Hotel. In this issue, we are pleased to have Nick sharing a glimpse of his life and success story.
As one of the leaders in the hospitality industry, what would you say are the critical values that one must have to succeed? Determination, resilience and some good fortune – in equal measure. The hospitality industry moves fast and we deal in a perishable product, which when rooms go unsold means lost opportunity. I’ve been fortunate to have learned from some great leaders and mentors. The best advice I ever got was to hire people better than you are. I keep that advice with me and it’s primarily the people, and the stories, that keeps me enthusiastic about the hotel industry. What is your motivation? What inspires you? I find my motivation from colleagues, friends and family that have a positive and opportunistic outlook on life and its possibilities. For me the glass is always half full. My children, Maddy (10) and Harry (12) are constant sources of inspiration and they always remind me to keep trying to be better, as a father, husband and leader. I’m inspired by travel and my wife and I share a wanderlust that will probably never go away; spending time in new cultures will always teach you something new. C
Any special skills or talents to share with the readers that not many people may know about you?
I was fortunate to have had an enthusiastic Music teacher at school who inspired a passion for jazz, and I’m an occasional saxophonist when business travel allows, in the BC Band/Music Section. Come and check us out every first Thursday at the Windsor! When time allows, I love to surf with the kids in Bali. We’re lucky to have a fantastic InterContinental Resort at Jimbaran Bay, and the waves on that coast always keep us going back. Changgu is our current favourite surf spot. What brought you to the Club and what are the things that you like the most about being a Member of the Club? We lived in Shanghai for 5 years before coming to Singapore and wanted to find a Club to expand our social horizons and keep up our hobbies, so BC fitted the bill. The Tennis Section is great, and Sam is still busy working on my Federer backhand. My wife enjoys the weekday aqua spin classes, and the family quiz is a highlight of the week for the kids after a busy week! What are your favourite restaurants in the Club and in Singapore in general? The Windsor does a great pint of Guinness and a Pie, and the Indian specialities are my daughter’s favourite. The Xiao Long Bao at Din Tai Fung are still the worlds’ best; those guys know how to do dumplings. Chop Suey at Dempsey for old school cool. Harry’s bar on a Friday night in Holland Village. East Coast Lagoon Village for satay and a beer after a bike ride.
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