We had the amazing opportunity to hear the story of Tom Van Dessel, CEO of BuzziSpace. On a day to day basis, he runs North American business for the furniture company. With his business partner in Belgium, they determine global vision, strategy, and corporate governance.
A. Prior to BuzziSpace I had a 18 year career with a Fortune 500 company in an unrelated industry. My business associate (a childhood friend from Belgium) was in the interiors industry and had the idea for BuzziSpace. So, we joined forces and started BuzziSpace as a stand alone business.
A. I always thought being a park ranger would be a great job!
A. I think I’m actually quite introverted. I love to read and cherish time to myself with a good book.
A. If you feel like you are in total control, you are probably not going fast enough.
A. Business: Good to Great (collins), Primal Leadership (Goleman/Boyatzis), The Goal (goldratt)
Pleasure: Pillars of the Earth (Follet), Clan of the Cave Bear and entire Earth’s Children series (Jean Auel)
A. With the family, usually at home.
A. Hendricks & Tonic with a slice of cucumber.
A. When the people around me are happy.
1. You don’t know until you try, it’s ok to fail, don’t quit.
2. Integrity above all else – if it cannot be done with your head held high, it’s not worth it.
3. Share the credit – no matter how good your ideas and skills, you will never be successful without the help and trust of others, make a point of recognizing that.
A. Penny Path
A. For a furniture person, the Bienenstock Library, what a gem! For a non-furniture person, drive through the downtown showroom district to get an appreciation of the scale and importance of the furniture business to our City.
It was a pleasure speaking with Tom and we are honored to share her story here.
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