Joan is the director of TKXS Canada Corp, or as she puts it, “the Canadian ambassador for TKXS.” Learn more about her unique role and perspective here.
1. Describe your role at TKXS
As the managing director of TKXS Canada, I’m proud to have worked with Preston, Jack, and Steve, and now, with the other members of our executive team, to build a structure that mirrors TKXS corporate, including business management, business development, a strong executive management team and strong customer relationships.
The 2013 launch of TKXS Canada established TKXS as a North American business, and a lot of clout comes with that statement. In many ways, I am a Canadian ambassador for TKXS.
2. What drew you to this business?
In my “past” life, I owned a marketing company serving ag companies in Canada, so this business is in my blood. However, the real reason I’m with TKXS – and I recognize this is a common thread for many of my co-workers – is the people. I’ve known Preston and Jack for years. When we reconnected six or seven years ago, I could see that their good intentions had become reality. The values they had – the values TKXS still has – make companies want to work with us. I wanted to be a part of that kind of team.
3. What advice do you wish you’d been given early in your career?
As I mentioned, I started and ran my own business for a number of years, so looking back, there are a million bits of advice I wish I’d been given. However, it all comes down to this: I wish people had been more forthcoming and told me to celebrate my successes, don’t sweat the small stuff, and to learn from my mistakes. This business can be a bit of a rollercoaster. You have to learn not to let little disappointments get you down. Stay focused on the big picture. And have fun.
4. What do you want people to know about TKXS?
We’re not like anyone else. We don’t follow the wagon tracks too closely, because we’re keeping our focus on client needs and deliveries. Since we’re not bound to the straight and narrow, we’re able to be nimble, flexible, and to continually think outside the box.
5. If we had a billboard outside our offices, what would it say?
A quote from author and public speaker Tim Ferris; “Greatness is a verb.”
The point is that “greatness” requires “action.” It isn’t a final destination, it’s a series of things we do daily, to express our skills, to rejuvenate, and to become an even better version of what we are today. That’s what we do – and do and do and do – at TKXS.