How would you describe OKIN BPS?
OKIN BPS’ point of existence is to get work done for our clients and theirs. We combine humans taught in our own labs, I call it the OKIN mini-university, who first streamline processes and resource requirements then enhance their outputs using digital tools to get more done.
What do you think are OKIN BPS’s key strengths?
I have the opinion that OKIN BPS’s top strength is Ingenuity. Our people quite normally see problems as more like puzzles they have to figure out. We seek people who will think ahead of the times, ahead of the curve, change the processes so digitization can be better applied and with better results. This fosters a clean and clear understanding of Change Management within OKIN BPS. Another key strength is Courage. OKIN BPS has often stood up next to the worlds’ business giants, and have succeeded, at times against the odds. Our courage belies with the fact that we sit down and get to work. Ingenuity and Courage are two key behavioural skills that are at the core of OKIN BPS.
How long have you been in Czech Republic, and what caused you to come here?
My wife and I, with the kids, are looking at 6 full years as of March.  It has been a really cool and great adventure for us to be here.  My wife is, of course, Czech, so there is the tie of culture that my kids were missing in the U.S.  Case in point, prior to living here, the kids couldn’t have good and meaningful conversations with their babička a děda here.  We determined correctly that I can teach the kids to be American anywhere in the world, but could only really teach them to be Czech here.  There are also some reasons such as my career in the U.S., reaching a determination on my part that change was needed.  Banking was a cool ride for a time, but after seeing the operations I held through the crisis created by those same institutions, I could no longer see myself in any position within banking where I felt comfortable with the impact of my work. This part is a rather longer story, which I am happy to share openly with anyone that may ask, as long as there is time to impart the fullness of it all.  In examining what other opportunities I could explore with my career I was amazed to see what opportunities there were here for someone with my experiences and knowledge to engage here in Czech.  So long story short, here we are.
What is your personal life goal (or credo)?
I believe so much in the three taglines I give my children every morning as we are walking out the door:  work hard, learn something, and have fun.  There is of course a fourth: I tell them how much I love them.
What place in the world would you like to visit the most?
There are honestly way too many to list…so many cool places and things, societies and cultures I have yet to see. I could list hundreds.  Top of this list though for the moment are Patagonia, China, and anywhere with a beach.
What is your favourite film or music?
Film comes and goes for me, I see something I like, then music on the other hand has always been there.  I recall REM, U2, heavy metal and other genres of my youth (yes the 80s), moving to grunge and the return of strong guitars in rock.  The bubblegum stuff I have usually stayed away from (top 40) and still try to, but now with teenagers in my house, ugh….  Then laid over this, I have a sincere love of classical music (Beethoven, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, and more modern like the music of Star Wars), but country and bluegrass isn’t lost on me either, and how they impact the Blues…. then, ah, the blues.  In other words, I love music.
What is the best way for you to relax?
Funny, it’s the quiet of my garden.  I love planting, caring for, and harvesting.  The satisfaction of seeing these annual rituals through to completion renews something primordial in me, and I find solace.  Additionally, any good history, and of course the loving embrace of my wife and kids.