This morning we began our week here at the CDC.
We were given a tour of Central Detroit Christian Community Development and learned more about the summer program we’ll be helping out with during our week here.
We were introduced to Kayla, a staff member who instructed us on getting the tables and chairs set up for the kids who
A simple thank you goes a long way! Sometimes I think it can be easy to forget how impactful it is to show appreciation to the important people in your life. And in business, how important it is to show appreciation to your team members.
I make it my mission to give gratitude, which is the quality or feeling of
People often tell me that they admire my positivity and my outlook on life. I love hearing it, of course, but I want you to know you can achieve this too. All it takes is changing your perspective. I am a firm believer in living a life that you design for yourself, and to me, this all comes down to
The folks who know me know I feel that winning isn’t everything…it’s the only thing! Now for some, this statement may make them cringe. But for others, like myself, it’s a way of life!
I must confess, I wouldn’t want to be the team that loses the Super Bowl and is seen weeping on the field. I want to be
When it comes to creating a great company culture, the question I am most often asked is “Where did you start?”
Recently we had a n entrepreneur business coaching group, the eCircle, in to the Roma Moulding headquarters for a Roma Tour so they could witness Roma’s winning culture in action.
Afterwards I had an AMA session with them, and this question again
Tony Gareri, Roma Moulding’s Chief of WoW, was excited to speak to entrepreneurship students recently at the renowned University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa, Ontario. Founded in 2002, UOIT offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs in science, engineering, health, and information technology.
On June 16th, Michael Konopaski, Professor of Entrepreneurship at UOIT, invited Gareri to guest lecture
Roma Moulding, the industry leader in moulding for custom frames, mirrors and photo frames, has released the highly anticipated 2015 Summer / Fall collection. Roma is proud to release outstanding additions to Ramino collection, and also to announce a major product realignment that will bring you never-before-seen value on legendary, Italian handcrafted products.
“We carefully examined all of our products and
In today’s multitasking, time-sucking, series of events we call life, it’s easy to get caught up in the rat race. We are all so busy doing “stuff”, we put off the great things until tomorrow. We ignore our dreams each day.
We often say to ourselves, “I’m busy but when I get through this, I’ll start making my dream happen!”
I’m in the middle of a closely guarded facility where access is granted to only a select few. I’m surrounded by advanced technology that looks like it’s from some big budget science fiction film. The feeling of innovation is palpable; even without knowing much, I know the future is being built here. My guide enthusiastically shouts, “Ok robtos – Go!”
As many of you know, I love to read – a lot! I especially love to read books that allow me to gain insights into some of the world’s best companies. I love learning about how they became great, their trials and tribulations and why they continue to kill it and succeed.
Over the past few years, I’ve become fascinated by one of America’s
It’s 6:30am on a dark Saturday morning in February when I begin to hear what sounds like rain hitting the exterior of an aluminum window. As I slowly open my eyes, I see that it’s not raining; instead, it’s our little dog walking around our bedroom doing his best to wake us hoping to avoid peeing on the hardwood floor.
A recent Gallup study shows some staggering numbers regarding workplace engagement and happiness. The latest figures indicate that 70 percent of Americans feel disengaged in their jobs. Meaning they’re checked out, sleepwalking through the day, or worse, just passing time. If that wasn’t bad enough, of those 70 percent, 18 percent are ‘actively disengaged’, meaning they are miserable at work
For the folks who know me well, you know that I’m a huge advocate of social media! I also know that I can be a big pain in the butt when it comes to sharing the benefits of social media. The benefits of personal social media are awesome but for this blog I want to focus on social media for
Keep avoiding failure, I dare you … How’s that working out?
The fact is, failures are the secret and most powerful ingredient to success! You may be asking yourself, really? No way? It can’t be true – failing sucks! Truth be told, no one loves to fail but those who fail often come back and win. Does that make you
The retail market is tough! We’ve all seen the much-publicized closures over the past few years and recently even more major retailers have begun to pull the plug. In the past six weeks alone, Target, Mexx and Sony have announced that they will close all of their Canadian stores. Wow. That’s a total of 317 brick and mortar stores that will all leave the landscape shortly.
Roma Moulding, the picture frame and fine art moulding industry-leaders would like to thank all West Coast Art and Frame Expo (WCAF) attendees and fellow exhibitors for helping to make this one of the best expo’s yet.
The WCAF took place from January 26 to 28 in Las Vegas at the Paris Hotel and Casino. The Roma Moulding booth featured
You know that new car smell that everyone loves? How about the feeling of cracking open a book for the first time? Maybe you love peeling the plastic off of a new mobile device. All of these are related in a couple of exciting ways, chiefly, the fresh, newness of them all. Not only are they new but they hold
I need to come clean folks. I’m guilty of one of my cardinal sins, even though I’ve repented my old ways. I too had an office and worse yet, had all my leaders in offices at some point. We don’t have them anymore but there was a time when I thought an office was a vital reward for climbing the
Roma Moulding congratulates legendary fine art photographer Peter Lik, on setting a world record for the most expensive photograph ever sold.
Lik sold his masterpiece “Phantom” to a private collector for $6.5 million, eclipsing the previous record of $4.3 million set in 2011.
Announced on December 9, 2014 through www.lik.com, that a private buyer had purchased “Phantom” for $6.5 million,
“The old rule was to create safe, ordinary products and combine them with great marketing.” Seth Godin, from Purple Cow.
We grew up in a by-gone era. Gas was cheap and electronics were expensive. One good income was likely enough for a family to thrive and daddy always got the big piece of chicken (I urge you to Google, Chris Rock big
Leadership can be scary but so can a lot of things in life such as raising a family, going on a first date or skydiving. As scary as those things can be, there’s no shortage of people willing to take on those challenges.
I believe that at its’ core leadership is a great opportunity to make a difference in someone’s
While most North American sports are in-season, baseball just wrapped up the World Series a few weeks ago and now begins their offseason. General managers meet to gauge other’s interest in their players while perusing the list of available free agents looking to add key personnel to their teams. While my hometown team, the Toronto Blue Jays, hold the distinction
From November 5th to 10th, seven Roma Team Members left the comforts of home to volunteer at the Hands Across The Sea – Haiti (HATS) as part of Roma Wish Mission Haiti. HATS features children’s home, a school from preschool to grade 10 with over 400 children, and an outreach ministry to families in the surrounding communities. Our Roma Team
I’m dirty. I’m sweaty I stink and I’m probably a little hungry. Most of all, I’m tired, so very tired. My hands and feet are calloused while my back aches. I want nothing more than to shower and rest. Just when I feel like I’m done, a child pulls me into a game of soccer and I realize that I’ve
Roma Moulding CEO, Tony Gareri appeared on the Digital Marketing Canada podcast with tbk Creative President, Andrew Schiestel recently.
Gareri and Schiestel spoke for over an hour about corporate culture, the transition to online marketing, the best channels to develop your brand and tips on producing top-notch content.
“In 2010 (in the depths of the 2008/09 recession), Tony Gareri and
It’s the busiest time of year and there never seems to be enough hours in the day. Between the constant flow of demanding customers, holiday parties and maybe even some holiday shopping, we know this time of year is beyond hectic!
At Roma Moulding, we’re dedicated to Roma Family Core Value #1 “Deliver WOW through service” and to being around
The Roma Moulding team embarked on a historic and unprecedented journey last Friday.
Under the tutelage of Roma’s lean masters Rich Huisman and Steve Magirias more than 50 Roma team members participated in Roma’s first ever Kaizen, a Japanese word that means “good change or continuous improvement.”
Huisman, Roma Moulding’s Vice President of Growth, is a lean black belt who
Roma Moulding is proud to announce the addition to two outstanding leaders to the Roma Team.
Richelle Plumstead brings a wealth of sales and leadership experience gained in her previous role as a Broker and Real Estate Leader in New Brunswick to her post as Roma’s new Eastern Growth Leader.
“Of course there’s different product knowledge and systems to familiarize
Roma Moulding CEO, Tony Gareri was honored to present at conference held by Canada’s largest daily national newspaper last week.
Gareri presented on October 9, 2014 at The Globe and Mail’s third annual Leadership Conference to over 100 of The Globe’s people managers. Held at the Thompson Hotel in Toronto, The Globe’s Leadership Conference aimed to aid in transforming organizational
“Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.”
Joni Mitchell wrote that profound lyric back in 1970 but remains as true today as it was the day it first hit the airwaves. While the author wrote about pressing environmental concerns, it’s equally applicable in many aspects of life; especially how a leader
Roma Moulding CEO, Tony Gareri, took part in Recharge 2014, a one-day summit for leaders offered by The Executive Roundtable that took place at the SHAMBA Foundation on Yonge Street in downtown Toronto.
Gareri was part of a CEO Panel that also featured Charles Brown, President of The Source and Naseem Somani, President and CEO of Gamma-Dynacare.
“Thank you Tony
C’est avec un grand plaisir que nous vous présentons notre ‘’WOW’’, nouvelle agente bilingue de l’équipe du service.
ROMA Moulding, le numéro 1 de l’industrie des Beaux-Arts et des Cadres photo fabriqués à la main, est fier d’annoncer l’ajout d’une personne bilingue à son équipe WOW du service à la clientèle.
Moniza est une spécialiste du service, elle est prête
“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” Oscar Wilde.
I agree wholeheartedly with one of history’s most quotable authors. Some books are the perfect escape to far away lands; some are inspirational as you learn about someone’s triumphant journey. Other books are so chock full of goodness
The Roma Moulding Team celebrated the company’s 30th birthday on Friday, September 12, 2014.
Team Members across North America took part in the fun and festivities that honored Roma’s history and future direction. The epicenter of the celebration took place at the company’s world headquarters in Vaughan, Ontario.
Recognized worldwide as an industry-leading photo and fine art frame manufacturer, Roma
Imagine this: you’re hanging out at the dock one day, looking for work and maybe an adventure. You hear rumblings of a great voyage about to take place and are intrigued to learn more. After hearing a few details about the journey you pack your things and board the ship ready for whatever awaits beyond the horizon. Prior to leaving
Roma Moulding, the industry leader in handcrafted fine art and photo frames is proud to announce two additions to its’ Operations Team.
Anthony Araguz has been a Roma team member for 16 years and is “excited beyond belief” to be named the Operations Leader at the Los Angeles (L.A.) distribution center. Prior to being named the L.A. Operations Leader, Araguz
The Roma Moulding Toronto Team is proud to have completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!
In total, 22 Roma Team members participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which aimed to raise funds and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Roma Moulding made a donation that will to go towards the $79.7 million that has been raised as of August 25
I love learning. It’s ingrained in everything I do as I seek new ways to develop as a person and a leader. I’ve had the privilege of traveling the world to attend incredible keynotes and conferences that have aided me in my pursuit. However, even with technology assisting us getting the content we desire, I remain steadfast on this simple
From a very young age, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. As the firstborn child of an entrepreneur, it was clear that my family wanted me to be heavily involved with the business my father started 30 years ago. So it’s fitting that growing up, I knew I wanted to be a CEO.
We’re only a day away our spectacular thirteenth All Hands Meeting, AHM 13! Join us on July 24, at 10:45am (EST) as we look back on the exciting first half of 2014 and make big announcements about our second half, including a special funeral for our Human Resources Department!
You don’t want to miss this action-packed event that everyone is
I have a problem that I’d like to share with you. If you’ve followed my blog, you know that I truly believe that people and culture are your only differentiators and your biggest competitive advantage. I refuse to look at people like a commodity or resource. People are the collection of hopes, dreams, ambitions and passions; not a widget to
Roma Moulding CEO, Tony Gareri is honored to speak at Purolator’s annual Sales Forum on July 17, 2014 in Montréal , Québec.
Purolator, Canada’s freight and logistics leader, asked key customers, including Gareri, to be part of a panel that will help the company gain customer insight. Gareri will speak to Purolator’s outstanding team of dedicated salespeople for 30 minutes including
We are extremely honored to be featured in Canada’s largest national newspaper! Recently, Roma Moulding CEO, Tony Gareri sat down with Sean Stanleigh of The Globe and Mail at a MastermindTalks event to discuss Roma’s “restart.”
Check out the preview below or read the whole article here.
Question: When and how did you start to rise through the ranks of
Our outstanding 2014 Summer / Fall collection is now available!
We’re proud to release outstanding additions to Lavo, Eleganza, Ramino and to introduce Ravello, our next amazing line!
“Our 2014 Summer / Fall collection is one of our best yet,” said Tony Gareri, CEO of Roma Moulding. “I’m really excited for our partners to see all the innovation as well
In the previous blog, we started to look at the two sides of our lives, professional and personal. We defined that you are more likely to hit your personal and professional goals, despite having very little choice when compared to your professional life. We began to examine the role of policies and procedures in the workplace and posed the hypothetical
Recently, I had an epiphany; a euphoric moment of clarity that I’d like to share with you all.
Let’s take a quick look at our lives. You go to work and then you go home. Let’s divide the two and call one your professional life and the other your personal life. At home, just like at work, we have goals.
Roma Moulding Chief of WOW, Tony Gareri was excited to participate in a podcast with Andrew Brown and Robert Gold of the Profit BusinessCast.
Brown is president of Write on the Money and co-host of BusinessCast. Gold, MBA, FCPA, FCA is the managing partner of Bennett Gold LLP, Chartered Accountants and the producer and co-host of BusinessCast.
“I thoroughly enjoyed
Our 2014 Summer / Fall launch is right around the corner and after July 7th, the framing world will never be the same!
We’ve gone back to the drawing board to create some truly trend-setting designs, invented an application processes and have pioneered a brand-new technique to produce never-before-seen color combinations! Needless to say, we’re very excited and want to
I was pumped for my vacation. Between running a company, mentoring my team and being available for my family and community, there’s not a lot of time left over. I’m fortunate to be able to do what I love but that doesn’t mean I don’t look forward to some relaxation.
After attending Leadercast Live in Atlanta, I met up with
Roma Moulding is proud to be a sponsor at one of North America’s premier art expositions Art Comes Alive 2014, occurring June 7, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Art Comes Alive is an annual fine art contest featuring the work of talented artists across North America. It offers participating artists the opportunity for exposure, acknowledgement and to win outstanding prizes that
We are extremely honored to be featured on Forbes.com!
Recently, best-selling author Carmine Gallo meet with members of the Roma Team to dig deeper into our culture revolution and published a wonderful piece detailing his findings.
“When I looked in the mirror, I didn’t like who I had become.” That’s what Tony Gareri told himself after twelve years of working in
Roma Moulding is extremely pleased to announce the addition of two new outstanding people to the Roma family.
Toni Hamilton and Kevin Saychareun both come from diverse backgrounds and will immediately begin supporting the team at Roma Moulding.
Toni, a Brampton resident and mother of four, joins the Purchasing and Inventory team after years spent honing her skills with esteemed
I love being a leader. It’s something I’ve worked very hard to achieve and here’s my secret: I work even harder to maintain my position as a company’s leader.
Anyone who knows me or who regularly follows this blog, knows that I passionately pursue opportunities to stretch my boundaries and become a better leader. Why am I so motivated to
Roma Moulding is excited to announce the addition of Josée Kirouac to its team of outstanding Business Partner Specialists.
Josée will immediately begin work in la belle province and provide service to our Quebec and Eastern Canadian partners that leaves them moved, inspired and wow’d!
“I am so pleased to have Josée join our growing team of dedicated Business Partner
Do you remember that time when you met someone who simultaneously inspired and challenged you? That person who made you a little uncomfortable because they took you outside of your comfort zone; the one whose expertise and guidance helped you to achieve a goal you previously thought was unattainable.
They were an “A” player and the kind of person you
We recently received some amazing coverage in Decor Magazine! Check out the preview below and click the link for the full article.
The Pursuit of Happiness: Roma Moulding Celebrates 30 Years
There’s a magical feeling of excitement in the air. It’s noticeable from the first moment you walk through the door. Nothing about this place is typical—from the decorated replica
Roma Moulding is pleased to announce the hiring of Rich Huisman as the vice president of sales.
Huisman will begin with Roma Moulding on April 14, 2014 and immediately start work with the industry-leading team of Business Partner Specialists to ensure outstanding service and attention to all Roma Moulding business partners.
“We are totally excited to have Rich Husiman join
Last night, Roma Moulding proudly accepted the 2014 Business of the Year (manufacturing) award as part of the Business Achievement Awards presented by the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce.
“We are so proud and honored to be recognized by the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce (V.C.C.) with a Business Achievement Award,” said Tony Gareri, CEO, Roma Moulding Inc. “As we celebrate our
On March 27, 2014 Roma Moulding celebrated with its twelfth All Hands Meeting (AHM).
The two-hour event was broadcasted live, online and attended in-person by more than 200 individuals eager to learn how Roma is able to achieve unparalleled industry success.
The event featured more than nine speakers, a special tribute to 2013 Specialist Incentive Program (SIP) Champion Michelle Anderson,
Today, Roma Moulding, the industry-leader in picture frame and fine art mouldings, released Live Chat as part of their Web 2.0 experience. Live Chat is a dynamic new way of connecting with the industry experts at Roma Moulding. It allows users to have a conversation, live, online with members of Roma’s legendary customer care team, the Wizards of Wow (WoW).
I’m 35 years old and live my life knowing I have roughly 40 more years on this planet before I suck earth for the rest of eternity (based on average life expectancy). That may seem like a depressing way of starting a blog but it’s the truth and like many things in life, it’s entirely based around how you look at
A hush falls over the energetic crowd. Everyone holds his or her breath for a moment, awaiting the final verdict. Numbers are announced over loud speakers as the crowd once again erupts with joyous applause. After the performance of a lifetime, a dream has been realized; an athlete has won Olympic gold.
As we watch the Olympics unfold, it’s important
“The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself,” Augustine of Hippo.
Leadership is about vision! It’s also equally about creating and fostering a climate of truth, where you and your team can hear the good and the bad. For one to lead, you must instill a culture where people can
We live in a world full of devices that tend to keep us apart. Every year amazing advances in technology afford us new opportunities – such as seeing our loved ones face when we speak across great distances. Cloud computing provides the opportunity to share documents and work collaboratively despite being miles away from each other. There’s even well established
When I bought my home, it was a hot mess. While it had beautiful mature trees, a stunning lot and incredible structural integrity, it also had purple toilets, scratched and dented floors as well as windows so old the wind blew right through!
I had the option of tearing the whole thing down and starting with a fresh canvas but
After reading the title of this blog, you must be thinking. “What? Are you nuts? How could you fire all your managers? What’s going on there?”
Before I explain our philosophy, let’s quickly take a look at the definition of a couple of key words.
Manager: a person who has control of an institution, business.
Leader: a person who guides, moves
The curtains are drawn while I pace calmly, going over in my mind what will happen next. The lights are bright and the stage is set as a hush falls over the crowd.
The anticipation has been building for months, leading to this moment; the moment I’ve waited for since I last walked off this stage on April 4 at
At 37 years old Tim Duncan thrives in a sport dominated by younger men in their 20s’. Duncan and his San Antonio teammates just wrapped up their battle with the Miami Heat for the 2013 NBA Championship. How can Duncan, already a four-time champion and future Hall of Famer, defy age and continue to dominate while propelling his team to
Zoom. The bullet whizzes past your head as you jockey for position and a clear shot. A head peaks around the corner as you steady your aim, waiting for the precise moment to strike. With lighting fast reflexes you squeeze the trigger then duck for cover. You’re panting with excitement as you hear, “You got me. That’s it – You
The alarming sound awakes you from your slumber. The insistent beeping from your phone or clock won’t let up until reality sets in. Your pulse quickens and palms become slick with fresh perspiration. Today is the day; your first day at your new job.
Do you remember your first day or first week at a new job?
Stop – take
Company culture is a key component to any thriving business. It has been described as the only truly unique competitive advantage one company has over the other; it is the DNA or soul of the organization. For that reason, when a company’s culture is strong, aligned, defined, and properly guided, magical things happen!
For us at Roma Moulding, magical things
Why Company Culture is So Important!
Each company is defined by it. Not many know it by name and many don’t even know it exists! It’s your company culture. Your DNA, if you will, of your organization!
A company’s culture is the only truly unique identifier. Things like your products, your strategies and even your techniques can be duplicated. The
Today’s world is a very different place than just a few years ago. Today, we live in an ultra fast paced world with an abundance of everything from toothpaste to TV stations, computers to cars; the market place is filled with tons of choices!
One major choice in people’s lives is a job or career. Gone are the days of reviewing the career section in