In an interview, Ian Smith, CEO, Pontin's, talked about career, holiday parks and financial management. Smith is one of five investors in Ocean Parcs, which bought Pontin's for L46 million. He started the job in March and its been a steep learning curve. He believes that people are now far more conscious of their carbon footprint, so British holidays are becoming more popular. If the weather isn't great, Pontin's offers an entertainment center and provides facilities such as pools for the kids, and bars, restaurants and bingo for the parents. His top priorities so far has been an in-depth understanding of the organization and its people. Smith never did that well at school and didn't make it to university. It was great that CIMA (which was then the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants) realized that you didn't need to be an academic to be successful in business. If you want to do financial management, you need a sense of humor.