The last time we spoke to Fabio Pozzobon, general counsel of Sofina Foods, he detailed his career path and how he’s striving to build a legacy for himself. Below, he gives a more detailed glimpse of what really drives him in his work.
Where did you grow up?
Toronto—except for brief 10-month sojourn in Italy when I was three or four years old to make “mudpies” on the streets of Italy.
University attended and degree earned?
York University, BA honours, French and political science, and then Osgood Hall Law School [for a] law degree.
Favourite subject in university?
What was your first job?
McDonalds. The first day, I burnt my fingers grabbing a falling burger. Saved the burger but rode home on the bus with my fingers on the windows to keep them cool!
What was your worst job?
Cleaning toilets at a hospital!
What did you spend your first paycheck on?
I am a saver, so I didn’t spend it, but any spending would have been on sports activities.
Name one company that you truly admire.
You are kidding, right? Of course my own, Sofina Foods. The owner is very inspiring and should be respected for all that he has done and wants to do to build this company.
What is your biggest strength?
The ability to laugh at yourself and laugh generally. Keeping perspective on life’s journey.
What is your biggest weakness?
Laughing too hard and long.
Best advice you ever received (and from whom)?
Work to live, don’t live to work—my mother and father.
Favourite day of the workweek?
Your biggest pet peeve?
People not truly respecting people for who they are, and not accepting it and blaming others for things that go wrong when they should be taking control of their life. Stop procrastinating. Never say “can’t.” Find solutions instead.
Proudest professional achievement?
Still to be achieved. Never stop aspiring for more.
Proudest personal achievement?
Being truly human!
Describe yourself in three words:
Funny, compassionate, and passionate—about life. There is only one, so stop wasting it away!
What’s better: Facebook or Twitter?
Neither. Face-to-face communication is better. We are losing that social, live interaction, and it is scary.
How long is your commute?
It’s a tie between The Princess Bride and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
Anything by Mitch Albom.
Favourite TV show?
Anything that makes me laugh. When I have time, Seinfeld reruns. They are better the fifth time around. I cannot believe that I missed a lot of funny things the previous four times.
Favourite band or album?
Meat Loaf, Bat out of Hell.
If you weren’t in your current profession, what profession would you be in (or like to be in)?
Your idea of a relaxing weekend?
Sitting by the pool, having a few drinks, reading the paper, and BBQing with friends.
Favourite place you’ve travelled to?
What’s your personal motto?
Gravitate to happiness!
Would your childhood self be surprised at how you’ve turned out?
That I’ve accomplished everything I’ve accomplished to date? Yes—they said it could not be done!