Richard Mulholland

Founder and CEo, missing link and Co-founder of Thunk! Perspective lab

His time as a waiter at Spur and as a roadie for bands such as Def Leppard and Iron Maiden, Richard Mulholland claims, are his best qualifi cations. But he also happened to start a small presentations firm when he was 23. And now, 12 years later, Missing Link � a specialist conference and presentations strategy company � is the largest of its kind in the country. Missing Link has been listed in BEST Employers South Africa for a fourth consecutive year and the atmosphere Mulholland has created undoubtedly plays a role in earning such accolades. "I wanted people who thought like me to work for me � so I created an environment that I would like to work in,� he says. This vision is manifested in the dotcomesque Astroturf on the office floor, a fake cadaver in the entrance hall and a skate ramp in the middle of the work space, among many other quirks. Mulholland pays for any staff tattoos and also offers employees who have entrepreneurial work to do one day off a week. He describes his company as a "finishing school� and a "great learning curve � . He has recently co-founded a sister company, Thunk! Perspective Lab (they sell, um, perspective). � Lisa Steyn

Lunch spot: Ghazal Indian Cuisine, Bryanston, Sandton