Erin Fenn, chief operating officer, 1VALET

Erin Fenn
Editor's Note

Each year, OBJ and the Ottawa Board of Trade choose 40 of the region’s top young entrepreneurs and business executives and recognize them for their professional achievements, expertise and community service.

 

In these profiles, OBJ highlights some of this year’s recipients – their impressive accomplishments, what drives them and how they like to spend their downtime away from the business world.
See the full list of recipient profiles here and be sure to check out photos of the 2019 gala here.

 

Business: We develop software for the proptech space.

Education: Business marketing management certificate, Algonquin College

Biggest business achievement: The relationships I’ve made. Cultivating genuine friendships, mentorships and a network to rely upon is a huge point of pride for me. I’ve been honoured to be part of incredibly talented, hilarious and successful teams.  

Biggest obstacle overcome: It’s an obstacle I seem to truly enjoy, and that’s being first to market. Be it a product, pricing model or leadership style, I’m willing to go first. That has required a ton of learning and tenacity. 

Biggest influences: My father worked hard and took pride in his career. My dear friend understands the art to the balance between working and living. My first mentor taught me “everything is easier when you realize it’s not you, it’s all of them,” and other salacious pearls of wisdom always good for a laugh and a reality check. My favourite boss taught me the value of good process and accountability. My wise colleague tells me I’m too hard on myself. And of course, my granny (you just don’t mess with granny) for her bravery, humour and grace.