Q&A, with Braam Jordaan, Forty Under 40 Winner 2020 ; CEO, Convo Communications Canada, Inc., Age 39
What is responsible for your work ethic?
My determination and social justice.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Cheese and the Indian Premier League cricket tournament.
What is the best book you would recommend?
Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull about leadership.
Now that you’re entering your 40s, what goals have you set for yourself?
International business expansion. Travel extensively for work and pleasure when it is safe again.
Choose one of these five childhood career dreams: Rock star, star athlete, prime minister, astronaut, detective.
Name your happiest place.
Anywhere with my wife, Drisana, and Cape Town.
What was your toughest business or professional decision?
Been working and living in four different countries. Sold a successful business in South Africa to build one in the U.S./Canada.
Advice you would give your 20-year-old self?
Be you! It is OK to say ‘No.’
What is your best habit?
Never stop learning.
Tell us one improbable fact about yourself.
I know nine languages and I communicate in six languages every day.
Best piece of advice ever received?
Surround yourself with skilled and motivated people.
What career highlight are you most proud of?
Successfully built Convo Communications Canada from scratch and making a difference to the beloved signing community.