Looking ahead, what are your goals? Where do you hope to see your business in the coming years?
I measure a successful business if:
- You are profitable.
- Your customers rave about you.
- You develop and change.
- You grow.
- You enjoy what you do.
- You make a difference.
Today, we fill in all the boxes. I just want the company to grow even more and be able to continue to make a difference by saving lives and keeping families safe. But from that growth, I don’t want to jeopardize any of the other key points.
What is your proudest moment as CEO?
My proudest moment was when we were awarded an eight-figure contract with our U.S. capital, Washington D.C. It was quite an achievement. Today, we have served the District of Columbia for more than a decade.
What does it mean to you to be selected as a GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Honoree?
Being selected as a GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Honoree means we are growing and doing it right. We are being recognized and honored amongst other businesses for the innovative technology and business strategies we’ve implemented. Our customers give us high praise for our service and technology, we know we save lives every day, and with this honor we are recognized by our peers as a company worth watching.
What do your employees think of this honor?
For them as individuals, it’s important to know and believe in what they’re doing. Besides being able to contribute to saving lives, it is important for employees to know they work for a well-recognized company.
Is there anyone in particular you’d like to thank?
To be a CEO and business owner is very lonely. You need to be careful who you trust and what interests they have. Having a mentor is important because you need people who are selfless, and that is sometimes difficult to find. For me, one of the most important people has been someone I call my mentor, Anders Norling, my old CEO in Sweden. I also have to thank Magnus Johansson, our development director. And Markus Hemstrom, our operations director, has been a great asset and support over all these years.
What is your advice for aspiring entrepreneurs or business owners?
My advice is nothing you have not heard before, and I don’t have a silver bullet. You need to work hard and to learn as much as possible to be able to navigate all the difficulties that will come up. When I say learn, I mean to learn all sides of a business so you can avoid having to hire people for everything and so you can overcome problems.