Being called Claire Thompson is like being called John Smith, Juan Garcia, Li Xiu Ying or Vijay Singh. There are a lot of us around.
But with a name like Kevan Hall, there are aren’t too many around – it appears that our CEO has been blessed with quality, not quantity – the other Kevan Hall is the wonderful California based fashion designer.
Our own CEO has a taste for the finer things in life, something he shares with the designer. And they both run successful businesses. For the most part, however, similarities stop there.
Whilst the designer Kevan Hall is surrounded by glamorous people in cocktail dresses, our own Kevan Hall is surrounded by consultants, and lovely though we are, we’re noted for qualities other than our modelling ability. And you could never mistake the two Mr Halls for each other on the street.
So when Global Integration’s Kevan Hall started to get emails asking for advice on how to dress, it was fairly clear that these were intended for someone else. We ask our CEO for advice on many things, but are more likely to go to consultant Janet Davis on matters of style. Don’t misunderstand me: he’s always well turned out – just doesn’t care enough about fashion to be a guru.
The power of the Internet to connect people is immense, and having forwarded these emails for a while, the two finally met up in California last year. Our Kevan Hall has since even attended one of the other Kevan Hall’s fashion shows, although security at the door did, apparently, look somewhat confused at the name on the invitation (Kevan Hall).
Our (Global Integration) Kevan comes from Yorkshire, an area of the UK where people have a reputation for being very reluctant to spend money. (This is, of course, something of a myth, but he laughs with us about it.) As he has since delivered management training at the head offices of one of the very largest luxury goods brands, we suspect that may be about to change.
Who do you share a name with? When has a chance good turn turned into something bigger for you? We’d love to hear.