Chief Financial Officer | OluKai
George was born in Leicestershire in the U.K. As a teenager his family moved to Southern California where George fell in love with the beach lifestyle. After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara, George began his career as a CPA at Deloitte and Touche. Upon finishing his MBA, he secured a position with an action sports company and relocated with his family to Ireland for three years, which allowed him to combine his love of travel, action sports and accounting. Returning to Southern California with his family, George accepted the position of controller at OluKai. Today George and his family continue to enjoy the beach lifestyle.
EDUCATION & DEGREE(S) ACHIEVED: BA, Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara; MBA, Finance, Operations, University of California, Irvine – The Paul Merage School of Business.
MOST IMPORTANT THING I HAVE LEARNED: Never hire someone you can’t go to lunch with.
BEST ADVICE I WAS GIVEN OR THAT I WOULD GIVE: Be humble and work hard.
BIGGEST LIFE LESSON: As a child my family moved around quite a bit, which allowed to me to understand how to work with people from different backgrounds.
WHAT OR WHO HAS ENABLED YOU TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL: My father was a great inspiration. He worked tirelessly to provide for his family, was always a gentleman and had an adventurous personality.
BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT TO DATE: My family
BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU’VE OVERCOME: Loss of my dad at an early age.
WHAT YOU WOULD WANT YOUR LEGACY TO BE: That I influenced people to be the best they could be.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN TWO WORDS: Sarcastic and Thoughtful