Eddy Abou-Nehme, CEO, seoplus+

2017 Forty Under 40 recipient
Eddy Abou-Nehme

Age: 38

Birthplace: Ottawa

Company: We offer digital marketing services to businesses around the world.

Education: Bachelor of science in computer mathematics, Carleton University (2002)

Charitable involvement: St. Elias Cathedral

Biggest biz achievement: Co-founding seoplus+ with my partner Brock Murray in 2012. We started off with a desk, a laptop and a USB hard drive working out of a storage facility. Today we have grown to a team of 16 amazing professionals with clients all over the world.

Biggest obstacle: Balancing the challenge of running two companies while volunteering in the community and raising a growing family.

Biggest influence: My father, Joseph Abou-Nehme, immigrated to Canada from Lebanon in 1965.  He arrived in Ottawa and started working literally the next day. From there he saved his money, invested in land, built a business and started a family. He taught me to never give up and that any obstacle can be overcome.

Biggest lesson learned: Be flexible. Whether it's regarding your staff, your clients, your suppliers or even your product and service offerings, you have to be reasonable and adaptive.

First job: Newspaper courier

Advice I’d give the younger me: Read more. Everything you'd ever want to know is out there and available for you to learn.

I’m currently reading: Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It ... and Why the Rest Don't by Verne Harnish

Favourite movie: Gladiator

Favourite song: Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N’ Roses

Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa Senators

Favourite local summer event: Ottawa Bluesfest

Preferred social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn

Twitter handle: @edco2001