quote-marksChad Wasilenkoff

Founder and CEO of Fortress Paper

“Crazy is walking into a boardroom with a crazy idea knowing initially they will roll their eyes and silently wonder when they are going to replace this guy with someone ‘normal’. ”

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE A MAVERICK?

“Someone that’s willing to take some risks. Someone, the road less travelled, areas that others may not tread; generally somebody who is willing to accept failure. Someone who is able to dust themselves off and get up and keep going. If you can’t accept failure or rejection you don’t want to be a maverick or be pushing the envelope because they don’t all work out.”

CHAD’S BIO

Fortress-Paper-01Chad Wasilenkoff is Founder and CEO of Fortress Paper a world leading manufacturer of security and speciality pulp.  He is a proven leader in several sectors including forestry, manufacturing, mining and gas, and other technology based enterprises. Previously Chad was CEO and Director at Titanium Uranium Exploration Inc. In 2010 Ernst and Young honored Chad with Entrepreneur of the Year [Pacific region and Manufacturing division]. I watched Chad being interviewed about the approaches and risks he took in his industry and felt he would be a solid fit for the project.

WHY CHAD WAS INTERVIEWED

Chad was interviewed as part of CKNW 980’s ‘The Chief Executives’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBM5pe707kM By the end of this interview I knew he was a maverick so I explained the Business Mavericks project and he immediately said YES. Chad is direct, a deliverer and very comfortable with being different.

HOW ARE CREATIVITY AND  INNOVATION RELATED TO BEING A MAVERICK?

“Rules slow down and stifle creativity, but I’m obviously referring to is business. I think the market will, just supply and demand and interest from customers, having all these rules and regulations er, unfortunately yeah as I said, they stifle creativity for potential growth and I think the market should be able to decide.”

IS THERE ANYONE WHO’S A MAVERICK THAT INSPIRES YOU?

Richard Branson the English businessman and investor,  Steve Jobs the American information technology entrepreneur and inventor and Donald Trump the business magnate.  All of whom built very successful global brands and multiple different businesses.

KEY LEARN FROM INTERVIEW

“It takes time and perseverance to get everyone to embrace your crazy plan.”

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