5 minutes with…

Kathy Hoyle, President/CEO of Hoyle Office Solutions and Secretary of OPWIL


Describe what you do in less than 20 words.
Partner with companies in our local community by providing procurement solutions that help them grow profitably.

Your first full-time job?
At Hoyle Office Solutions. Born and raised in the business, I did a little bit of everything. I started full-time in the bookkeeping department.  

If you weren’t doing your present job, what job would you like to be doing?
Interior design – I love decorating.

The best moment in your career?
Taking over as President/CEO in 2010 as the only female with three brothers in the business.

The worst moment in your career?
Telling an older sibling that it’s time to retire. It’s hard to separate those heartstrings from what is actually best for the future of the business.

The industry figure you most admire? Why?
My 98-year-old father – who still comes into the office. Without his direction, inspiration and confidence I would not be where I am today.

Your best piece of advice to someone who has just joined the OP industry?  
Align yourself with an industry coach, mentor or network. I personally wouldn’t be where I am today without K Coaching and support from the Office Products Women in Leadership (OPWIL) organisation.

What would you like to be doing in five years’ time?
Working three days a week and enjoying more free time.

Your greatest strength?
My ability to work with people and get things done; I believe in teams and being part of the team.

Your favourite office product?
The paper clip. In the 1960s we were known as the biggest clip joint in town and today I’m known as the clip girl.

Any annoying habits?
I’m bossy, but I can’t help that I have better ideas.

Your first vehicle/car?
1973 Toyota Celica. Yellow two-door, complete with a brown landau top.

Your ideal night out?
A nice dinner and a great movie with that special someone.

Any pets?
Yes, two little Pomeranians, Mollie and Chloe.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d like to have a faster metabolism.

The types of TV programme you find most entertaining/irritating?
Entertaining is probably reality shows as they are not scripted. Most irritating would be most sports.

What sports team do you support and why?
The University of North Carolina Tar Heels. In my family it would be considered sacrilegious to support any other.

The best concert you have ever been to?
Michael Jackson’s Thriller tour.