As a leader, why do you think there’s value in being a member of NBBC, given its role in building a better New Brunswick?
I get so much out of being a member of the NB Business Council. I’m surrounded by some of the brightest minds in the New Brunswick business community. There are so many local businesses doing great things, especially the family businesses that want to remain in the province—not just sell their company and move on. It’s inspiring to see companies like McCain Foods and Cooke Aquaculture prove that you can be successful here at home.
How do you define success?
Personally, success means continuing to do what I love. When you enjoy what you do, it doesn’t feel like work. When it starts feeling like work, you need to ask yourself if it’s time to move on. Professionally, success means the continued growth we’ve enjoyed as a company. If your business is not growing, it’s dying.
Who’s been the most influential person in your career?
A.J. Archie, my father. Forty years ago, my dad and I started Malley Industries when I was only 21. He was my best friend and business partner. Thanks to him, I had the mentorship needed to build a successful business. Now, my wife, son, and daughter are all involved in the business, too. It’s been built on that family legacy.
What’s on your wish list for your company for the next 5-10 years?
As a manufacturer, equipment and technology are important, but people are still at the heart of it. When I think ahead, I wonder: how can we explore new technologies and leverage automation without sacrificing people? I’d like to see more people stay and work in New Brunswick.
Malley Industries recently won a FutureReadyNB Employer Excellence Award. Why was it important for your business to take part in the FutureReadyNB program?
Mentoring younger generations is tremendously important, especially for succession planning. Many of our people are graduates from community colleges and our universities, and we are always scouting new talent. FutureReadyNB helps us connect with bright minds across the province so we can give them hands-on training. A culture of experiential learning helps us as a business, it helps the students, and it helps the provincial economy as a whole. It’s rewarding to give people a chance, knowing the experience might lead them to stay in NB and pursue a career here.
What motivates you?
Watching my business grow and taking it to the next level. I am also motivated by our people. We have a great team who all challenge the status quo and help elevate our business. Their commitment motivates me.
What’s your proudest moment or greatest accomplishment to date?
I was the first person in my family to go through university and I’ve dedicated myself to lifelong learning. In my business career I’ve won several awards including “Top 50 CEO” five times through Atlantic Business magazine and the EY Atlantic Manufacturer of the Year Award. However, it’s not about winning awards; it’s about the validation that comes from knowing you’re doing something right. I’m extremely proud that my family has taken an interest in participating in our business.
What advice would you offer others?
Hire good people who are smarter than you are. Respect them and listen to them. Give them praise and encouragement. And follow your heart. Don’t change to satisfy someone else. Be a good delegator.
What’s an interesting fact about your business most people don’t know?
We export 65% of our business. The lion’s share goes to the United States, but we also export to other countries such as South America, the Caribbean, and Israel. In some ways, Malley Industries is better known from away than we are in our own backyard.
What are you reading now?
I’m a huge reader; I read about a book a week. I like business books and periodicals like Fortune, Forbes and Harvard Business Review, but I also enjoy British crime fiction. I love learning the process behind solving cases.
What’s one item you couldn’t live without?
My car. I love driving. I have a BMW and a 1940 Ford, but any car will do. Driving is perfect “thinking time.”