7 Questions With Phil Otto

7 Questions With Phil Otto

Darrah RichardsonFebruary 02, 2018

Phil Otto, ICD.D is CEO of Revolve, a Halifax based branding and marketing firm of 35 people, serving clients across Canada and the US. He is considered one of Canada’s strongest brand strategists, and writes and speaks to business groups internationally about the importance of aligning business strategy with brand strategy. Named to Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame and a 2016 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, Phil is a passionate supporter of entrepreneurism, local business and the community. He is past chair of the board of directors of the IWK Health Centre, currently chairs the Timberkids Charitable Foundation board of directors and has sat on multiple volunteer and corporate boards. Lucky for us, Phil is our esteemed contributor this week on the blog! 

1. How did you get started in business?

I am a bootstrap entrepreneur hailing from generations of entrepreneurs on both sides of my family. I began as a freelance graphic designer and built my business from there to a full service brand consultancy.

2. What is your morning routine?

I am a coffee whore, and starting my day with one or two cups of quality java gives me the kickstart I need. I generally go to the gym for 45 minutes, shower and head to the office.

3. Where is your favourite place in Halifax for after work drinks?

My favourite place in Halifax for after work drinks is Bicycle Thief. Antojo and Highwayman are tied for second.

4. What's a goal you're working towards right now?

The goal I’m working towards right now is to drink more water and get more sleep.

5. Who inspires you and why?

My four kids inspire me. I learn from them every single day.

6. When was the last time you failed spectacularly at something?

The last time I failed spectacularly was at Christmas when I vowed to purchase every single gift from a local independent business. Although we have great choice, it is getting more and more limited.

7. What's the best advice you've ever received?

The best advice I’ve ever received was to start every day with a list of things to do.

Thanks for your insight and your wisdom, Phil!

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