From Mailroom To Manager
Maybe Wayne Guiney should have been a politician. At least that's what some people have said to him, because his people skills have kept the staffs he's managed at multiple in-plants on his side.
Now manager of Office Services at Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG) in Toronto, Guiney worked his way to the top after graduating from Toronto's Central Technical School in the early 1970s. His first job was at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), where he paid his dues by working in the mailroom—but he didn't stay in the mailroom for long.
"I got the opportunity to run a Gestetner 201, and I took it," Guiney says. Then he worked on a Gestetner 202 and then an AB Dick 285.
"After that, I got bored totally," Guiney reflects, "and I went into supervising."
For 10 months in 1974-1975, he began the transformation to supervising in-plants at Office Services for Ebasco Lavalin. The job was short-lived, though, because OISE asked him to come back and manage.
OISE's in-plant had been operating in the red for eight years, so Guiney had his work cut out for him. Still, by the end of the first fiscal year with him in charge, it was in the black.
In 1978, he set off on his own and opened West Finch Graphics with an AB Dick 385 and some bindery equipment. "It was a real eye-opening experience," Guiney reflects, "and it's where I learned to work with budgets."
West Finch Graphics had four employees, including Guiney, and revenues of $350,000. This was the 1980s, though, and unlike today—when interest rates hover around zero for banks—they were sky high. This made running a start-up business, even tougher. By 1982, Guiney had grown weary of it all.
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