20 under 40: Kevin O'Boyle
Published: November 30, 2012
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Kevin O’Boyle believes his purpose in life is to better society in some way. He also believes the key to finding your passion is to first seek big problems. “If someone possesses unique talents and gifts, it is his or her obligation to make the most of that opportunity,” he says, “Notre Dame, my alma mater, teaches servant leadership and how it’s the duty of all of us to give back to the communities and our families.”
His job responsibilities as manager of business development and strategic programs at InterMetro Industries Inc. entail overseeing and managing a variety of projects that continue to drive the profitable growth of the business, from market research to strategic planning.
“The best part of the job is watching the product development process from ideation to business plan development through to product launch,” he says.
O’Boyle is an avid learner and continuously seeks opportunities to expand his capabilities.” “I have also never been afraid to speak up or ask the advice of complete strangers — some of those strangers have become great mentors,” he says.
In business, as in life, O’Boyle feels improvement is possible only when you face problems head-on. When confronted with difficult problems, he asks, “What would I do if I owned this business?” or “What would I do if I could start over with a blank sheet of paper?” One problem O’Boyle would like to tackle: helping NEPA become more innovative and attract more talented business people.
Carl Sloane, a former management consulting executive and professor at Harvard Business School, has been a great mentor to him. “He took a big gamble on me and gave me my first job as a consultant when I had zero experience,” said O’Boyle.
He is engaged to be married to Katie Conlon, a teacher and cross-country, swimming and track and field coach.