R. Peter Weedon has just been appointed practice director at Mello Jones & Martin.

It’s been a long and winding road to the top — Mr. Weedon has done everything from working in a grocery store to working as a Management Consultant. He even bought and renovated a hotel and 90-seat restaurant, Marshlands Inn, which won several awards. He ran the hotel in New Brunswick, Canada for six years. Since then, Mr. Weedon has worked for the Bermuda Government as a Management Consultant. Here, Mr. Weedon tells the Bermuda Sun how he made it.

Q. What was your first big break in business?

A. Being employed by a sizeable chartered accounting firm in Halifax which I ultimately became partner with. This was a substantial company that was looking for a junior consultant and I moved from Toronto to Halifax. I was with them for 20 years, the first five years as an employee. The break was becoming a partner.

Q. Who was your mentor/source of inspiration?

A. I learned some lessons from my most previous employer, The Government of Bermuda. I worked for Colin Blades who is a famous cricketer. He lived by a set of standards and I could see him living by those and seeing them work. I have adopted a couple of those principles. As you go through life you can benefit from whomever you come across.

Q. Describe your work ethic:

A. [My work ethic] is called the Victorian work ethic. It’s probably a century and a half old, but the belief that through focused, determined, concentrated effort, you will be rewarded. If you do something you like, you will do it well, and if you do it well, you will be richly rewarded. Hard work does yield benefits…this Practice Director job is the big payback.

Q. Best business decision you ever made?

A. Joining Mello Jones & Martin for sure. I’m absolutely delighted with the organization and how welcome I’ve been made to feel by partners and the staff.

Q. Worst business decision you ever made?

A. An investment in a stock that went into a tailspin — we all have those.

Q. What’s the most frustrating thing about doing business in Bermuda?

A. One of the challenges is the fact that it’s an island and accessing raw materials is certainly a challenge. Getting them on the boat, getting them consolidated in New Jersey, finding out where they are and so on.

Q. How do you keep staff motivated?

A. You keep challenging them, you keep involving them, asking them questions, asking for their opinions, asking for their views, debating at a low level about taking different positions and sharpening the debate to make sure that their position is well-established, well-founded and well-understood. There is nothing more motivating that being recognized for a job well done.

Q. Where do you see yourself in five years?

A. I see myself working for the best law firm in Bermuda with happy partners, financially well-rewarded and a great staff with young Bermudian wannabe lawyers phoning and saying ‘Is there a spot for me at Mello Jones?’ That’s where I’ll be.