Old Princethorpian Interview

Javier Espinosa de los Reyes 

Bit of background, where you live, what you do for a living

I am from Mexico and live in Dallas Texas.  I married my high school sweetheart and have two girls. I work for Tavistock a private investment group as head of retail.   

Age: 34 

When were you at Princethorpe - years from and to? 1


What was the school like in your day? 

As a boarding student, the school was a unique contrast between the dorms and a wide spectrum of international students from all over the world and the local day students.  

How did Princethorpe affect the person you are today?

My time at Pricethorpe was one of the most pivotal and enduring experiences of my life. Being placed in an environment that was so different from my own, but simultaneously welcoming and safe changed my entire perspective of the world and my place in it. 

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

Pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone will bring struggle but most importantly growth.  

Who or what has been the greatest influence on your life?

Surviving an acute liver failure and receiving a liver transplant. Facing the ultimate price gives you perspective, focus and strength.     

What keeps you awake at night?

Coffee and global warming.   

What has been your proudest moment/greatest achievement so far?

My proudest moments are when I am able to impact people through the execution of an innovative and creative idea.  

What’s your biggest indulgence?

Motorsports and video games 

If you had to have one last meal, what would it be?


What is your favourite TV Show and why?

South Park, because it is unapologetic, wild, clever and funny.  

If you could be anywhere right now, where would it be and who would be with you?

In Lanai with my wife.  

Lasting memories of Princethorpe:

Sneaking around the school at night. Building models aeroplanes on my bedroom window overlooking this single massive tree. Doing homework at the study hall staring at the art on the wall. Walking back from the fields covered in mud from rugby practice. 

Are you in touch with any other Old Princethorpians, if so whom?

Unfortunately not beyond some distant facebooking.  

Is there anyone you would like to track down?

After 20 years it would be great to hear from any of my class and dorm mates.  See gallery for a picture of Javier's form.

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