Education: Computer programmer analyst diploma, Canadore College
Biggest business achievement: Becoming an executive at OPIN and being given the opportunity to help the company grow.
Biggest obstacle overcome: Being a husband and father, I have always had to find the right balance between my professional life and my personal life. I am a bit of a workaholic and work doesn’t always feel like work, so finding that balance is something I have had to overcome.
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Biggest influences: There have been two main ones. First, my family has always encouraged me to follow my intuition and has pushed me to achieve greatness in my professional life. Second, my CEO at OPIN, Chris Smith. He continues to challenge me in my role, while at the same time allowing me to learn and mature.
Most important lesson I’ve learned in business: The importance of learning from everyone around me, from interns to CEOs. Everyone in an organization has something different to offer and, in most cases, has a different perspective on any given topic.
First job: Gymnastics and trampoline coach
Favourite pastime: Fishing.
I’m currently reading: Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari