The most significant and influential group of people within a firm is often considered to be the C-suite. It usually takes a lot of experience and well-honed leadership qualities to get to this high stratum. Most C-level executives have developed the visionary viewpoints necessary to make solid upper management decisions, whereas many once relied on functional know-how and technical skills to ascend the lower rungs of the corporate ladder.
Bryan K. O’Rourke has been in business in the C suite as an executive and business advisor for many global brands during the past 30 years, serving in a variety of roles and in an array of companies that he helped to turn around, buy, build, grow, and sell. His focus and skill set in technology, marketing, business, and finance have enabled him to help a lot of people and companies achieve great things.
In 2016, he founded Vedere Ventures, a boutique investment and strategic advisory firm which is named after Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Sapere Vedere,’ or as it literally means, ‘knowing how to see.’ Bryan believed in this approach to business, art, and life, or ‘knowing how to see,’ as a key to a strategic visualization process which he believed had two components:
- knowing something well enough to draw it from memory
- Developing a deep understanding of something to reveal its essence through drawings that can be used to create new ideas.
Building the Firm on Timeless Fundamentals
Bryan has been applying Da Vinci’s concepts as key to the mission at Vedere Ventures, which is to invest in and advise the companies of tomorrow—built on the timeless fundamentals of today. The company has benefited greatly, as Bryan has personally, from Saper Vedere.
The company strives for a visionary purpose, a mission grounded in wisdom, and values rooted in virtuous principles. Its vision encompasses a profound understanding of economic systems and the rapid change happening today in industries, foreseeing intricate connections and shaping them for the betterment of society. The company’s mission is to guide clients and the businesses it owns with discernment and foresight, enabling them to navigate complex financial and business landscapes while fostering sustainable growth. The firm’s values would epitomize integrity, innovation, and the pursuit of knowledge, championing ethical practices and the pursuit of excellence.
Catalyzing Positive Changes in the Business World
Bryan had his first job shining military boots of pilots at the age of 10 along the flight line on an Air Force base in Columbus, Mississippi. He was an entrepreneur before most people even knew what the term meant. He rode his bike during the summers every weekday morning at the crack of dawn to perform his work, where he would pocket $7-$9 dollars every day.
The best thing about that job was what he learned from his customers every day. Bryan says, “When you shine shoes, you talk to people, and while I was young, it is amazing how grown men would inform me about their lives and offer wisdom along with occasional cash tips.” At the time, he did not realize why, but he was motivated by a convergence of factors that propelled him towards success. First was his enthusiasm for business and entrepreneurship, ignited by his desire to share insights and wisdom with others. These are attributes he gleaned from his grandfather John Treitler, a German businessman and baker, and his father, William O’Rourke, a highly decorated AirForce pilot who went on to serve as an advisor for many companies.
Learning from them, Bryan recognized the transformative power of strategic guidance. He has tried to leverage his expertise and experience to assist individuals and organizations in navigating the ever-evolving landscape of commerce and technology since that time.
Captivating the Audience with a Unique Perspective
As a keynote speaker, Bryan loves to inspire and provoke thought. Recognizing the power of storytelling and persuasive communication has helped him to captivate audiences with some unique perspectives and thought-provoking insights. By sharing his knowledge and ideas through dynamic and engaging presentations, along with his books, podcasts, and webinars, he aims to spark conversations, challenge conventional thinking, and empower individuals to embrace change and innovation.
Ultimately, his motivations stemmed from a genuine passion for sharing expertise, fostering the growth of his colleagues, partners, and others, and catalyzing positive change in the business world.
Fuelling the Motivation
To engage entrepreneurs and fuel their motivation for superior performance, Bryan advocates a strategic approach centred on empowerment, accountability, and a relentless pursuit of excellence.
Firstly, he believes in fostering a culture of ownership, granting entrepreneurs the autonomy to make decisions, take risks, and drive their own success. By providing them with a sense of ownership, he fuels their intrinsic motivation to excel.
Secondly, clear performance expectations coupled with a robust feedback system ensure that entrepreneurs have a concrete understanding of their goals and progress. Constructive feedback enables them to improve and grow continuously.
Finally, recognizing and rewarding exceptional performance through a meritocratic system reinforces a culture of high performance and stimulates their competitive spirit. By aligning their personal success with the organization’s success, entrepreneurs are motivated to deliver their best.
Through these strategies, Bryan aims to create an environment that empowers entrepreneurs, fuels their ambition, and ignites their hunger for unparalleled achievement.
Encountering the Adversities
In navigating the dynamic landscape of the business world, Bryan’s organization has encountered its fair share of challenges, and he has tried to be steadfast in helping the team to overcome them. One of the significant hurdles the organization faced was the rapidly evolving technology landscape, demanding swift adaptation to changing consumer preferences. To address this, he tries to foster a culture of innovation, encouraging the team to think disruptively and embrace emerging technologies. This has led to ground-breaking products and services that address evolving customer needs.
Another challenge the organization continues to embrace is maintaining customer trust in the face of many deceptions in the world today. Bryan prioritized customer-focused and customer-responsive business strategies and tactics to address needs and earn their confidence. Additionally, he championed transparency, engaging in open dialogues with stakeholders to address concerns and ensure it meets the highest ethical standards.
Through a combination of strategic vision, adaptability, innovation, and a commitment to core values, the organization has successfully navigated these challenges, emerging stronger and more resilient. Its ability to embrace change, collaborate effectively, and stay true to its principles have been instrumental in overcoming these obstacles and driving the organization’s continued success.
Staying Abreast of the Time
Incorporating new-age technology into the services is imperative to stay ahead in today’s fast-paced and ever-evolving business landscape. The organization has always embraced technological advancements to enhance the efficiency of the work processes and deliver superior value to its customers. The organization is an early adopter of tech. For example, the team has worked remotely using online video conferencing for well over a decade, and the organization adopted Salesforce.com with all of its IT stack in the cloud for over a decade as well.
The key is first prioritizing a culture of innovation and encouraging people to be early adopters of new technologies. The organization emphasizes continuous learning and provides extensive support to ensure that its team is equipped with the latest skills and knowledge to leverage new-age technology effectively.
Furthermore, it actively seeks out cutting-edge tools and solutions that align with its strategic objectives. Whether it’s artificial intelligence, machine learning, automation, or data analytics, the organization carefully evaluates and integrates technologies that have the potential to revolutionize its operations. By harnessing the power of these advancements, it streamlines workflows, reduces manual errors, and accelerates decision-making processes.
In addition, it fosters a collaborative environment that promotes cross-functional teamwork and information sharing. This allows the organization to leverage technology platforms that facilitate real-time communication, seamless collaboration, and efficient project management. By breaking down silos and leveraging digital tools, it ensures that information flows freely, enabling faster problem-solving and more effective decision-making.
Bryan at the Forefront of Innovation
One program that stands out is its board of the non-profit Fitness Industry Technology Council, where Bryan serves as Chief Executive. The organization carefully selects seasoned industry experts and visionary thinkers to join its board. Through their guidance, the organization has gained critical insights into emerging trends, market dynamics, and competitive landscapes, particularly as it pertains to technology. Their inputs have enabled the organization to identify new growth opportunities and make informed strategic choices.
Another program initiative that has proven immensely valuable is Bryan delivering Keynote Speeches. He has been delivering presentations to organizations and leadership for over 15 years. His talks are designed to not only motivate teams but also provide them with cutting-edge knowledge, trends, and innovative ideas and insights. By exposing leaders to diverse perspectives, he can help foster a culture of continuous learning and help organizations embrace a growth mindset.
These are a few examples of the efforts the organization makes to remain relevant and help its partners, clients, and team be instrumental in fuelling growth. The collective expertise, fresh perspectives, and transformative ideas have helped many navigate challenges, seize opportunities, and shape their organizations and the ones the organization invests in into dynamic and forward-thinking entities.
Staying current with the new trends in modern businesses is a non-negotiable requirement in today’s fast-paced and ever-changing landscape. To ensure that Bryan stays on top of the latest developments, he employs a multifaceted approach that combines relentless curiosity, data-driven analysis, and continuous engagement, reading, and listening using diverse sources of information.
Expanding the Understanding of the Business World
Bryan believes in the power of engagement and interaction with a diverse set of individuals and communities. He actively participates in industry forums, discussion groups, and social media platforms, where he engages in meaningful conversations and exchanges ideas with professionals from different backgrounds and perspectives. This exposure to diverse viewpoints keeps him grounded, challenges his assumptions, and expands his understanding of the business world.
By constantly seeking knowledge, leveraging data, and engaging with diverse sources, Bryan ensures that he remains at the forefront of emerging trends and developments in the business world.
He has had the good fortune of being recognized and achieving some wonderful recognition over the years, including:
- Being elected as President of the student body at the University of New Orleans
- Being elected to the Board Member of the international global fitness body IHRSA
- Being elected as CEO of the global Fitness Industry Technology Council
- Having the Fitness + Technology podcast recognized as a Top 20 Fitness Tech Podcast
- Having been recognized as a Top 100 Influencer on Fitness Technology on Twitter
- Being identified as one of the Top 30 to Watch in the Fitness Industry by IHRSA
- Many of the companies and the businesses he has owned over the years have all received recognition as well. The list is too long to include, and he does not want to brag.
Finally, his greatest achievement is the friends, colleagues, and, most importantly, the family he has the good fortune to be a part of. His businesses are run by great people, and his wife and three grown children share wonderful relationships, which he is so blessed to enjoy.
One of His Kind
What makes Bryan different from other keynote speakers and business advisors is his unrelenting passion, authenticity, and relentless work ethic. He tries not to talk the talk; he walks the walk. He is not here to deliver a polished speech or offer generic advice. He is here to make an impact along with his team to shake things up, disrupt the status quo, and inspire action in everything he does.
He brings an uncommon level of energy and enthusiasm to every speaking engagement and advisory session. He strives to ignite reactions from every individual he encounters. He believes in the power of storytelling and connecting with people on a human level. He shares his own experiences, triumphs, and failures to demonstrate that success is not a fairy tale but a result of hard work, dedication, and resilience. What sets him apart is his relentless hustle.
He is a firm believer in the power of execution and putting in the work. Bryan doesn’t just provide theoretical concepts or high-level strategies; he gives practical advice and tangible action steps that people can implement immediately. He emphasizes the importance of taking calculated risks, embracing failure as a learning opportunity, and consistently taking a long-term view in reaching one’s goals.