Chief Operating Officer Rob Borislow joined Power in 1994. The company was just two years old, operating out of one location, and still finding its place in the home remodeling industry. Twenty-two years later, Rob has a career, a passion, and a home.
How did you hear about Power?
[Power Co-Founder] Adam Kaliner is my stepbrother, and he reached out to me during my senior year of college. I had no idea what I wanted to do and had nothing lined up. So instead of writing a resume and trying to set up interviews, I took the easy road and went to work for him.
What roles did you have at Power before becoming Chief Operating Officer?
I started as a sales rep and when we opened our Mt. Laurel, NJ office, I moved into a co-managing role leading the marketing department. After opening our Ft. Washington, PA location, I became much more involved in the operations end, managing our partnership with our operations arm, Mid-South. When we consolidated into one office, I was given the option: marketing or operations. Hands down, I selected operations.
What was the biggest thing that helped you move from that first role into your role today?
A lot of hard work. I was certainly not perfect the entire way. There were phases of my early Power career where I was going the wrong way and trying to take shortcuts. Thankfully I had mentors like Adam, [Co-Founder] Jeff [Kaliner], and [Co-CEOs] Corey [Schiller], and Asher [Raphael] who were there to make sure I stayed on track. Over the years I’ve seen this dynamic play out over and over again. The mentorship at Power is one of the reasons why we’re able to consistently develop internal talent.
What do you love about Operations?
Operations didn’t exist when I started – everything was outsourced. I love that I’ve seen this department grow from nothing, and that I’ve been able to be a part of the development of many things that we still use today. As we add territories, people, and problems, my job gets more challenging, which only makes my passion greater. The growth we’re going to see in the next ten years will be absolutely incredible. That’s what drives me every day.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Developing the Ops leadership team is the best part of my job, and it’s been my 2016 focus. I know if I continue that concentration, the people that work directly with those leaders are going to continue to develop as well. That’s going to give us the strong bench we need to continue opening territories.
What’s it like working with the executive group?
Everyone at that table brings a different perspective. Each person is an expert at what they do, and it’s their responsibility to share that with the group. Most of our decisions are made through debate, and every opinion and idea is voiced. It can lead to a lot of spirited discussions, but at the end of the day, we make a decision we’re all happy with and we walk away just as close as when we walked in.
What does Power mean to you?
I always say that Power is my oldest child because I’ve been at Power for 22 years and my oldest kid is 14. Just like a child, I picked up Power in its infancy and helped it grow. I have a natural passion and love for this company.
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