Joe Beleskey has always had a passion for sales. Several weeks before graduation, he accepted a full-time job with a large business communication company. In his thirteen years there, he became an expert on the products he was selling – and the processes driving the business.
In 1997, Joe and a partner founded Rival Office Solutions, selling and servicing digital office equipment. From an entrepreneurial venture, the business soon grew to include two more locations in Ontario, creating an additional twenty-three jobs. In late 2014, Joe sold his company to a larger firm. He maintains all management responsibilities of Rival Office Solutions as vice president and general manager.
According to Joe, interacting with customers and working with dedicated and hardworking staff are the best parts of this job. His greatest accomplishments have been building something from nothing, selling his first fax machine, and growing to 3,000 clients across southern Ontario.
Joe’s passion for his family, sports – specifically hockey – and his local community are evident. Work-life balance is a key factor in his success. He also remains connected with Georgian through the Alumni Association and is a member of the Barrie Huronia Rotary Club.
Joe’s advice to recent and future grads is be persistent, don’t let anyone say you can’t do something and, above all, set goals for yourself. As part of a convocation address welcoming graduates to the Alumni Association, Joe said “once you discover your passion, go after what you want and put a plan in place to achieve your aspirations.”