Each year, OBJ and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce choose 40 of the region’s top young entrepreneurs and business executives and recognize them for their professional achievements, expertise and community service.
In these profiles, OBJ highlights some of this year’s recipients – their impressive accomplishments, what drives them and how they like to spend their downtime away from the business world.
Birthplace: San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Company: Lightenco implements tailored energy saving and lighting enhancement projects.
Education: Master of science, Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden (2004)
Charitable involvement: Carbon613
Biggest biz achievement: Being named one of OBJ’s fastest-growing companies in 2018 with three-year revenue growth of 223 per cent.
Biggest biz obstacle: Strong differences between partners
Biggest influence: My parents, because I learned from them the importance of doing things right, being fair to everybody (including myself) and always pushing to have a balanced life.
Biggest lesson learned: Don’t be fooled by appearances – the smallest lead may be the jackpot.
First job: Airbag testing engineer
Advice I’d give the younger me: Take skiing lessons – don’t learn on your own.
What’s left to do: I want to have grandkids, and I would like to be able to receive a realistic offer for our company – not that we would sell, but it would mean an achievement for me.
Favourite pastimes: Listening to music and golfing
Favourite movie: The Matrix
Favourite song: Pain by The War on Drugs
Favourite local pro sports team: Ottawa Senators
Favourite local summer event: Ottawa Bluesfest
Preferred social media platforms: Twitter, Linkedin
Twitter handle: @RaydelCojo