In 2015, after my daughter was born, I decided that the long hours of the corporate life were no longer sustainable as I wanted to spend more time with my family and raising our new baby girl. Walking away from a good paying corporate position with a newborn child and no plan in place wasn’t an option so I sat with my wife, Kristi, to come up with a plan that would eventually result in the time and freedom we wanted with our new family.
The plan started with Kristi and I renting out our little garden cottage on our property as a self-catering guesthouse unit. The guesthouse provided enough of an income for Kristi during her maternity leave to not have to return to her corporate job. Part 1 of the plan was in place and working.
After almost 2 years of our single unit doing really well, we approached our next-door neighbor about selling his property so that we could expand our guesthouse to include more units. This was Part 2 of the plan and the start of Little Rose Self-Catering which would ultimately provide us with the income required to fund the early stages of running Innova.
Shortly before our second child was born, I started setting Part 3 of the plan into motion - starting my own IT and digital marketing company.
In September 2017, I left my corporate job to officially start Innova and 8 months later I invited Rick to join the team.
In September 2017, I sat at an old school desk in the corner of my garage amongst my bikes, tools and old furniture, with no clients, no contracts and only a vision of where I wanted Innova to go. My dream of running my own business had finally become a reality.
Going back a few years, after completing my studies in computer programming, I quickly started to climb the ranks moving from developer to systems architect while working for some large IT service providers. After a few years I decided to have a minor shift in direction and was hired by a small IT company to replace a guy by the name of Rick who was leaving the company. A year after leaving, Rick returned to the company where he and I started working closely together. I quickly realized there were some serious brains behind this bearded face.
Continuing to move onto new challenges, I left the small IT company to go work for a large group of companies where in a short period of time I managed to work my way up to the role of Group Head of IT.
It was in this position that I worked closely with the CEO and got first-hand experience in running successful businesses on a large scale. As marketing evolved more into the digital space, I was pulled into assisting the group’s marketing division more and more until I was put in charge of running that division as well.
At this point I managed to convince Rick to join me as I needed someone to run the day to day operations of the IT division while I was heading up both divisions.