If you ever find youself in Times Square in New York City, look up at all the bright, flashing billboards.
Jeff Klause says he was only 11 years old when he designed the technology that IBM would use to control blinking lights such as these iconic ones.
The award-winning youth went on to become an entrepreneur, manufacturing bunk beds, marketing products at trade shows then moving on to website design and computers.
Now 36 years old, the CEO of Rainy Day Internet in Manitoba uses a hands-on approach that often finds him up a signal tower wearing his hard hat and working alongside his employees.
“I see the future and the potential in things and I surround myself with good people,” he says.
“It always takes longer to achieve certain goals. Accept the reality in each situation and adjust your goals.”
Klause is a man of technology and vision but most importantly he has the passion and drive to see his ideas through to the end.
“I’m always thinking about the bigger picture. But I also climb towers because people don’t work for me, they work with me.”