Ten questions with Dubbo Director Bernard Kennedy
16 June 2017
With legendary Boyce Director Bernard Kennedy having finished his time with Boyce on 30 June 2017, we have a very special edition of 10 questions.
From water-skiing on weekends to riding a unicycle - we take a look at Bernard's childhood memories, important lessons learned in life and quirky habits.
1. What are three words to describe you? Driven, passionate, loyal.
2. What is your favourite childhood memory? Water skiing on Sundays with family.
3. What is the best advice you ever received? From my Dad - 'There are two ways to build wealth, one is to make more than you spend, the other is to spend less than you make. Both work."
4. What was the most important thing you learned in school? The motto of the boarding school I went to was "In Meliora Contende" which is Latin for "To Strive for Better Things" while the culture of the school was "Never Give Up". A blend of these two concepts.
5. What is one goal — either personal or professional — that you would like to accomplish during your lifetime? Surf Pasta Point in the Maldives.
6. What was the last book you read? The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan. The Man Booker prize winning novel about the horrific experiences of Australian prisoners of war working on the Burma Railway.
7. Do you have a talent, hobby or interest that would surprise people? I can ride a unicycle!
8. What is one piece of technology you can’t live without? Coffee machine!
9. What is one unique or quirky habit that you have? Just one? Let's just say I'm "highly strung" so I have a long list of quirky habits. But if you ask my wife she'd tell you I'm possibly the worlds slowest eater...
10. Finish this sentence. Boyce to me has... been a wonderful ride and one of the luckiest things to have happened to me in my life. I have had a rewarding career doing valuable, interesting and challenging work for great clients whom I have come to like and care about very much. I have worked shoulder to shoulder with the great team of people at Boyce Dubbo and been in business with a talented, passionate, hardworking, friendly and fun group of Boyce directors who care very much for their clients, team and regions. And all while living in the country. How did i get so lucky?