Each month, we’ll be introducing you to one of iQ’s members or staff. We hope that by sharing their stories, you’ll get to know our culture and the people who make our workspaces so great. This month, we interviewed Aris Economopoulos, VP Corporate Development & Strategy at Boomersplus. Be sure to check the blog each month to see who we feature next!
Tell us about your company and your role within it.
My name is Aris Economopoulos, and I’m VP Corporate Development & Strategy at Boomersplus.
What drives Boomersplus is solving one of Canada’s most pressing issues – how to best handle the rapidly growing number of baby boomers by matching boomers, recent retirees and seasoned professionals with employers looking for talent on a part-time and term basis.
We’ve been doing this successfully in Atlantic Canada for years and the demand for our service and potential to impact more Canadians’ lives led us to expand into Ontario.
Off the strength of our audience engagement, we’ve hosted local events, engaged our community to create content, partnered with leading brands and even created a radio show / podcast, Encore, that examines the world of baby boomers through a variety of exciting avenues.
How did you get to the position you’re in now?
Consistently taking risks and improving my ability to measure, mitigate and work around risks.
I loved the office layouts and décor, along with the excellent location and opportunity to meet other emerging companies and entrepreneurs. The staff are also friendly and clearly care.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
An artist and/or a leader. I thought one path would allow me to create with my hands, while the other would allow me to shape reality with a team.
If someone wanted to follow in your career footprints, how should they get started?
Don’t filter ideas. Allow them to hit you suddenly and when they do, write them down. After you’ve developed that habit categorize your ideas into those you can act on, and those you can’t. If you can act on something, research it to see if you can differentiate it from what’s in the market. If it’s still worth pursuing from an economic vantage point, ask yourself why you wouldn’t act on it. As you track your ideas and note which ones appear in the world, you’ll develop insight into what is meaningful to you as well as foresight about what is valuable to others. That perspective is widely applicable to business and life and interesting adventures will ensue.
How do you see your industry changing in the next 10 years?
While the human touch will never be fully replaced by technology in the employment and skills matching industry, I believe technology-enabled hiring and skills matching will become the norm across all segments of society. What is a common refrain amongst the elderly? “I wish I knew what I was good at / what I liked sooner.” Technology has the capability to help you find that out by tightening the feedback loop between your skill set and experience and the environments that are best suited to use them. In 10 years, I hope this leads to happier people producing better work in the jobs that are meant for them.
What topic always engages you?
How people think vs. how they act. For many of us, the goal is simple: act how we think. And yet for most of us that is so difficult. I’m interested in why the barriers between thoughts and actions exist and how much is possible in the brief moments when we learn to take those barriers down.
How can people find you online?
Visit us at boomersplus.com to learn how we match seasoned professionals with employers seeking talent for flexible and shorter-term work assignments. We also have a radio show and podcast that examines the life of boomers by interviewing interesting individuals (we recently interviewed Brian Mulroney) that you can catch at thehub.boomerswork.com/category/encore!