5 mins with… Tricia Burke

What special skill do you possess? 

I am an excellent poster maker. It dates back to my high school days. Need a poster? Call me!

What scares you? 

I have an unusual fear of water towers. I am not sure why… I just have.

What are you most proud of?  

Having introduced many people to the art of ‘porching’. It’s simply spending time together, coming together on the front porch and usually enjoying an adult beverage. It is purely sharing the gift of presence with another person.

What’s your favourite cuisine?

It is a toss-up between my Mum’s spaghetti and meatballs or her fried chicken. 

If you were President, what would be the first law you pass?

Healthcare for all.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Woodford Reserve bourbon on the rocks.

Favourite time of the year?

Summer, August in particular. It is a special time for our family – being in the sun, swimming, kayaking, porching, cycling and simply enjoying the outdoors. We love the time at our lake house and sitting on the dock.

What would be a good theme song for you? 

Celebration by Kool & The Gang.

What was your last online search? 

Confirming who wrote the song Celebration. Yes, Kool & The Gang.

Your pet hate?

Possums. Not that I have ever had one as a pet, of course.

Your favourite gadget?

My Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone.

What words do you use the most?

“Here’s a thought.” I realised I use this phrase frequently when there was a big sign with those words on it at a surprise party for my 30th birthday. When I asked my friends if I said that a lot, they told me “all the time”!  

What was the last gift you gave someone?

A wallet from River Island for my friend Cindy’s birthday. 

What’s your favourite place to visit in your homeland?

Truro, Massachusetts – Cape Cod area. It is where we had our honeymoon. Love it.

If you could have the answer to any question, what would you ask?

What does one experience in life after death?

Career

Describe your current job. 

As President of Office Environment Company in Louisville (KY) in the US, I am a client connector who helps with new business development in both the office supply and furniture areas of our company.

If you could change one thing about the industry, what would it be?

It would be the full inclusion and development of women leaders. I would make sure their voices are heard and they are participating in the boardrooms.

Best moment in your career so far? 

The best moment of my career was when the time and effort we put into developing a trusted vendor relationship with a client paid off and they utilised Office Environment Company for a significant portion of their office renovation. I’m sure it didn’t hurt that there was bourbon involved.

What do you like the most about the business supplies industry? 

It has to be the people. It truly is a relationship business. We all have our stories about how we started, what generation we are in our respective companies, our favourite products and the various ways in which we take care of our customers. It is fun.

What personal item do you have on your desk?

A gold miniature kaleidoscope. This reminds me that there are always a myriad of ways of looking at a situation – depending on your perspective. It is important to be open to different viewpoints.