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Summary of our chat with this specialist of corporate projects, who has nearly 30 years of experience in the industry, including more than two decades with the Solotech team.
Q: Jean-François, thank you for speaking with us. First, talk to us a bit about yourself!
JFH: I have been working with Solotech for the past 21 years, and it’s been 28 years since I got into the industry. Time flies! My education brought me into the AV market from the start. I started as an installation technician in the corporate market before occupying other positions, such as operations coordinator, project manager, and systems designer. These positions allowed me to understand various aspects of the job. I eventually became a sales representative.
Because I was based in Quebec City, I had the opportunity to get involved in both Live Productions and Systems Integration projects. Today, I focus on the corporate market: everything related to meeting rooms, customer experience, digital signage, etc., even if I still have clients in the live performance venues industry.
Q: What is your role as a Global Market Leader?
JFH: Solotech has made many acquisitions in the past few years, which have brought us diverse cultures and ways of doing things. My role is to get the best out of each method, share our best practices, and ensure we have constant communication and similar methods everywhere.
We want to make sure that all Solotech offices offer the same expertise with a dedicated and market-oriented approach to assert our position of strength in corporate business solutions.
Q: What brought you to work in the corporate market?
JFH: It’s in my DNA. From my first day in the business, I worked in the corporate market with people from the industry, deployed solutions, and reassured clients, saying: “I take care of the tech, just take care of the message.”
I collaborated with many companies and convention centers, so I naturally mastered the corporate market culture.
Q: What is the best part of your job?
JFH: Every day comes with a new challenge, which offers something different. My day at the office is never like the day before or the day after.
Q: What excited you the most about your industry?
JFH: The constant evolution. Technology is advancing so fast but is always at the service of humans. This is what people are constantly looking for in my industry. How can I use technology for it to be scalable and for it to be a communication tool that helps me in my daily life?
Q: What makes Solotech different from its competitors?
JFH: I like Solotech’s sustained growth, both organically and through acquisitions. If we look around us, the people who collaborate with us are passionate and dedicated. Being part of this team leads you to surpass yourself constantly.
I don’t know of any other company that takes care of a client by organizing the launch of their new product, their new office, putting on a spectacular event, and at the same time providing them with all their audiovisual needs in a permed. It’s one point of contact, one company, which can do everything. It doesn’t exist anywhere else.
Q: What makes Solotech different as an employer?
JFH: Even if we are becoming a larger company, we still have the agility to create a typical work environment for each region. Each office has its color and culture. The working atmosphere and the teams in each region are the keys to success.
Q: What would you say to someone who is considering joining Solotech?
JFH: What is pleasant about us is that we roll up our sleeves, work together, and collaborate with passion. We are here to innovate and surpass ourselves daily, but always with respect for the human being behind the employee.
If you are ready to challenge yourself and grow in your work, Solotech is the best place to do it. It doesn’t mean that the position you occupy today will still be yours tomorrow. That’s the beauty of it. We evolve. We’ve seen many employees change jobs and grow within the company according to their ambitions. You don’t often find that in the private sector in 2022.