Tony DeCavitch is a good friend and Eventor – here he is at the Steeplechase declaring the event a success. With many of my Columbia College students Tony was reconnected with Katja Lindy-Wilkinson a few years ago and a friendship made in my events & promotions class led to a lifetime career. Tony has always said that he never needed a resume, he “Knew Jane!”
When I left Finland in the summer of 1993 to go to college in Chicago, I would not have been able imagine where life would take me. Columbia College (grad ’96) provided me the education, experience and connections that I needed to get my career started in the new country. After some years in marketing with Chicago’s Office of Tourism and an agency in Los Angeles, I took a break and went back to school for an MBA at Thunderbird Graduate School in Glendale, AZ (grad ’02). Today I am busy working as the CEO for Picote Solutions, an international company with offices in Finland, UK & the U.S. For the past 11 years, we have grown Picote from a small Finland-based drain repair services business to a global manufacturer of trenchless products & solutions for the international sewer industry. We now have about 50 resellers around the world. It’s an amazing accomplishment for our team. I have also enjoyed working with fellow Columbia grad and friend Tony Decavitch, our Global Sales Director, for many years now. We still have lots of work to do and are looking forward to continuing our exciting global journey.