Posted By: SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts
Interview: Jiri Rumlena, Vice President & Corporate Controller, Finance and Accounting
Jiri was born and spent the first ten years of his life in the Czech Republic. After moving to Vancouver with his parents and sister in the late 80s, he spent much of his childhood playing lacrosse and being active with an air cadet group where he started to develop his leadership skills at an early age. Jiri studied Finance, Information Technology and Business Strategy at Simon Fraser University. Half way through his under graduate degree, Jiri was hired as a co-op student by KPMG and got his first taste of the business of financial institutions, real estate and hospitality by working on financial audits and tax strategies for various companies including Intrawest, HSBC and a significant portfolio of Westin hotels. After spending four years with and meeting his future wife at KPMG, Jiri accepted an opportunity to move back to Eastern Europe to work with KPMG on developing their business in the region. While in Europe, Jiri had the opportunity to work with some of the largest global companies in finance and real estate while they worked through their acquisitions and set up of operations in the area. During this time, he also took every opportunity to visit as many parts of Europe and Asia before moving back to Canada. Jiri is currently the Vice President & Corporate Controller of SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts and spends much of his days overseeing the finances of our organization and developing our Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to allow us to execute on our strategic plan. Jiri is a father of two boys, four and two, and has recently welcomed his six month old daughter. He lives with his wife and kids in North Vancouver where he takes every opportunity to enjoy skiing, mountain biking, and hiking with his family and friends.
We work every day to become better at what we do.
We do this through clearly defined goals and training to help us get there.
SBHR: What is your definition of Performance?
JR: For me, performance is what we do on our path to execute on our goals, achieve our vision and fulfill our promises to others.
SBHR: How does the Performance value guide you in your day to day life?
JR: I am guided by the vision of always doing my best. I always seek to reflect on what I learned on my path of performance and look to incorporate any lessons learned the next time I find myself in a similar situation.
SBHR: Why do you think the Performance value is important to an organization?
JR: I believe that the true value of an organization is its ability to perform through an entire business cycle. Great people, hotels, strategies, processes and systems are very important, but true performance only comes when all those components come together and execute.
SBHR: Can you share an example of when you witnessed an associate exemplify Performance?
JR: SilverBirch is in the process of replacing some of its business systems and redesigning many of its operational processes. This has proven to be a challenging task that is new for many people in our organization. Delivery on this initiative has required many to work very hard to maintain their day-to-day duties while collaborating more on decisions across multiple disciplines than I have ever seen at SilverBirch. The performance of all those involved to ensure a quintessential outcome has been truly inspirational.
SBHR: Our Blog this month is about travelling with children, being a father of three do you have any travelling with children stories you would like to share?
JR: Travelling has always been one of my passions. In my earlier days, throwing on a backpack and exploring a new part of the world always came with a lot of excitement and learning. Now with a small brood, I refuse to slow down. Jungle treks have turned into road trips and beaches of Vietnam into waterparks in Hawaii, but we’re still doing it. For me, it all comes back to performance and yes, a little patience. Focusing on the environment, plenty of food and water, and ample engagement with our kids have always gotten us where we’re going in once piece and with a lot of fun along the way. Our kids now love travelling and eagerly ask about our next trip.