Category: McMaster grad
Stephanie McLarty is CEO and Founder of REfficient
Insights from this interview with Stephanie McLarty
There was a problem that launched this new business
Reduce, Reduce, Recycle
An online marketplace for companies to buy telecom and AV equipment
They can shop for deals in the excess inventory of other corporations
Benefits to participants
Buyers can buy equipment at reduced costs
Sellers free up storage space and gain income
Useful resources are kept out of landfill
Sellers receive certified statements about their environmental performance
Most equipment comes with warranty
About Stephanie McLarty
Graduated from an Arts & Science program – that taught her to connect the dots
Masters in Peace and Conflict with intention to work for UN but that training helps manage people in business
Got first job because a friend on the inside recommended her
Asked lots of questions to learn the job
Enjoy speaking with customers
Working and travelling in Thailand and India challenged her to think differently
Continues to take courses on personal and professional development
Other Insights from this interview with Stephanie McLarty
Shipping was a problem so we introduced Shimple – Simple Shipping – we learned how to ship and calculate all costs – and we make money with this service
Learned how to run a business and to market and that is more important than the technical part
Trend in business of being a good company – sustainability is important
Key for startup business is deciding where to focus your limited resources
I was afraid
Excited and nervous in early state – suffered at least five nights of no sleep
In early days – fake it till you make it
Don’t try to get it perfect before you launch
Media attention was a nice to – not a must do
Tips for others
Grow yourself – that will help you grow your business
Try – in spite of your fears
Put support structures around you
Sleep, eat well, and connect with friends and family
Learn more about the company – REfficient
Read about REfficient in Business Week
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Radio interview with Kathy Bardswick, President and CEO of the Co-Operators Group.
Kathy Bardswick has been with the Co-Operators for 32 years. She worked her way through various roles with the company. A working mom with four children she was inspired by her own mother (with six children) who encouraged her to pursue her dreams. Kathy earned her MBA at McMaster University.
Inisghts from this interview with Kathy Bardswick
Each owner owns an equal share. The share value does not change which means that the company does not focus on driving share value.
They are in the business of offering financial security for Canadians along with peace of mind for the ups and downs of life.
Co-operators was formed to meet unmet needs in 1945 by Saskachewan farmers who were unable to buy insurance from the traditional insurers.
It is run democratically in that everyone has a voice – yet people are held accountable.
A big concern and worry is the sustainability of our world environment and the quality of life. The increasing gap between rich and poor does not bode well.
Youth Sustainability Conference – an opportunity for students to leverage their passion for sustainability.
We have reduced our internal footprint by 22%. The next goal is 50% and the step after that is to be carbon neutral.
entrepreneur to separate the two.
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Interview with Steve Petrovic, Country Manager (Croatia) Pedersen & Partners Executive Search.
Steve Petrovic is an inspiring man in career motion. He graduated with a degree in science and became a government commercial specialist working on security and import/export issues. He went back to school to earn his MBA specializing in IT. That led to a few years in IT consulting.
A frank discussion with his dad and uncle encouraged him to start and run his own business in metal fabricating.
Later an interest in exploring opportunities in his family’s homeland of Croatia led him to accept the role as country manager for an international executive recuiting firm. That led to an opportunity to join a modernized 100 year-old steal mill.
Steve Petrovic’s story is inspiring and full of important insights.
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Interview with Mike Pley, COO of COM DEV International.
Space – the final frontier!
COM DEV produces electronics for satellites. A Canadian company and world leader in satellite technology, based in Cambridge, Ontario and employing over 1,000 people.
Mike Pley is an Engineering graduate of McMaster University.
Insights & excerpts from this interview with Mike Pley.
We have to build something that will be super dependable for 15 years.
You can’t make repair calls in space.
Our equipment is on 80% of the over 650 satellites up there.
We don’t go after the low cost world where price is king.
We want to encourage the next generation to become astronauts and engineers.
The next big project we are working on is the James Webb Telescope which is scheduled to launch in 2014. It will see far more than the Hubble. The James Webb Telescope is seeking to see first light – the beginning of galaxies.
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Interview with Walter Booth, Chairman of The Timberland Group
Walter Booth started at Timberland as a young Project Engineer more than 40 years ago. He rose to the rank of President, bought the company, sold the company and is now Chairman. He is an engineering graduate of McMaster University. He has donated at least $3 Million to the Faculty of Engineering.
The Timberland Group grew signifcantly during those years. Originally a company that manufactured winches for the logging industry, they now provide special winches and hoists for mining, power distribution, underwater exploration and off-shore oil.
Insights from this 30-minute interview with Walter Booth:
“The business still excites me after 40 years.”
“They hired me because I had experience in the ski lift business.”
“Buying the company – we worked on that deal for at least a year. You want it to move faster but it just took longer.”
“My boss encouraged me to join the Young Presidents Organization. I got to hang around successful business owners.”
“As chairman my chief role is mentoring and developing the new owners.”
“You have to bend the rules if you want success.”
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Interview with Howard Shearer, President and CEO of Hitachi Canada. He is the first non-Japanese to be president of the company. He seems to thrive on cultural diversity. He is orginally from Jamaica. He is also a people person. The two characteristics probably go hand-in-hand.
Howard has worked at Hitachi for over 25 years.
Hitachi globally employs over 300,000 people.
Hitachi is a strong technology company that operates in several markets including: consumer electronics, automotive electronics, computer storage, energy, medical, biotechnology, and high speed trains.
Insights from this interview with Howard Schearer:
“We’re in the business of serving customers.”
“There is no Hitachi car, but we are a major component in cars.”
“Business in all about relatioinships and that’s not done with products.”
“I don’t screen my calls. If it’s good news I want to hear it. If it’s bad news I want to hear it first.”
“I’m happy when it’s Monday.”
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