Robyn Wilson, 29
COO, Venue Kings Ticket Brokers Inc.
Evaan KherajLife Story: Officially, Robyn Wilson is COO of Venue Kings Ticket Brokers, a seller of tickets for sporting events, concerts and theatre productions across North America. Unofficially, she’s the North Vancouver-based company’s chief everything officer. In October 2010, Wilson had just graduated from Bishop’s University in Quebec with a BA in political science and economics when she took a job organizing files and tearing tickets from their books for the then-three-person operation. She jumped into the COO chair two months later.
Having led Vancouver’s York House School to three straight B.C. AA provincial high-school basketball championships and co-captained her basketball team at university, she credits that sports background for her leadership skills. “You have to have as many people buying in and participating at their best that you possibly can,” says Wilson, who recently completed the first year of an MBA program at UBC. At Venue Kings, founder Anthony Beyrouti plots the company’s long-term path while Wilson takes charge of the details and execution.
The Bottom Line: Last year Venue Kings placed 106th in Profit magazine’s annual ranking of the country’s 500 fastest-growing companies. The business employs 25 people and projects revenue approaching $60 million for 2017.