A Page Out of George Chayka’s Playbook

When the BC Lions’ vice president of business last spoke to Advantage, he shared how he found his calling after overcoming injury and adversity. Here, we learn about his motivations, inspirations, and favourite things.

Where did you grow up?
Chilliwack, BC.

University attended and degree earned?
Simon Fraser, BBA.

Favourite class/subject in university?
Economic geography.

What was your first job?
Working on a farm.

What was your worst job?
Working on a farm.

How did you spend your first paycheck?
A bicycle.

Name one company you admire:
TELUS.

What is your biggest strength?
Determination.

What is your biggest weakness?
Trying to do too much.

Best advice you ever received (and from whom)?
“You can’t do it all in one day.” —David Braley

Favourite day of the workweek (and why)?
Monday—you are charged and ready to hit it hard for the week ahead.

Your biggest pet peeve?
People who do not call you back or reply

Proudest professional achievement?
Getting hired by the BC Lions.

Proudest personal achievement?
Scholarship to play football at SFU.

Describe yourself in three words:
Intense, focused, and determined.

Blog or website you follow religiously?
None.

What’s better: Facebook or Twitter?
Don’t use either.

How long is your commute?
Twenty minutes.

Favourite sports team?
BC Lions.

Favourite movie?
300.

Favourite book?
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t, by Jim Collins, and the sports section of any paper.

Favourite TV show?
Pawn Stars and Swamp People.

Favourite band and/or album?
The Four Seasons and the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack.

If you weren’t in your current profession, what profession would you be in?
Construction/development.

Your idea of a relaxing weekend?
Fishing.

Favourite place you’ve travelled to?
Eastern Caribbean.

What’s your personal motto?
Sell loose and buy tight.

Would your childhood self be surprised at how you’ve turned out?
NO.