Tony Kennerson epitomizes the idea that a hard worker from humble beginnings can achieve success in leadership and business management. His professional background in supply chain management, logistics and distribution might not suggest that he is a bonified “people manager”. However, Tony realized early in his career that operations management processes don’t work very well without a great team to support them. In a series of progressive positions at Nintendo of Canada (NOCL) that led to a three-year term as a Product and Consumer Support Manager, Tony worked with individuals at all levels of the organization, supporting and leading teams, nurturing confidence in sales and marketing staff, and mentoring employees to achieve their best possible performance. These efforts contributed to the company’s achievement of an impressive $250 million in annual sales volume.
Throughout his career, Tony has achieved a number of qualifications that helped him develop his people management and leadership skills. These credentials include Management Leadership training at Nintendo Canada, human resources systems training, Walt Disney University’s Disney Keys to Excellence Productivity Education, Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute of BC, and a Joint Health and Safety Certification from the Worker’s Compensation Board of BC. Tony is currently working towards a Communications Certificate from UBC’s Sauder School of Business.
After 12 years of dodging every banana peel and Koopa shell that Nintendo of Canada could throw at him, and rescuing countless Princesses with his coworkers Mario and Kong, Tony worked as a Distribution Manager in the industrial sector for four years. In 2010, Tony determined that his next career involved being a writer and communications expert. He conceived YNOT Communications as a conduit for sharing his experiences as a manager; leader and team member and demonstrating that developing the right organizational support in a business can help companies achieve better financial results and engaged employees. YNOT provides virtual offices, technology training, marketing support, and administrative services to entrepreneurs, small businesses and corporations. It is a “triple bottom line” company (People, Planet and Profit) that strongly supports pancreatic cancer research, and plans to donate $1 from every sale of the book “People Management” to the National Pancreatic Cancer Canada Foundation, in honour of Nintendo gaming legend Peter MacDougall.
Tony’s diverse corporate achievements are no small feat, but a number of personal accomplishments are also close to Tony’s heart. He recalls NOCL as the most professional organization he has ever worked in, and the numerous gifts and rewards that decorate Tony’s office are a true representation of his achievements as a respected people manager. In recognition of his leadership and dedication at NOCL, he was presented such rewards as a NOCL distribution plaque, and Nintendo memorabilia; however, the framed photograph of Nintendo of America’s North Bend distribution staff is a gift that truly demonstrates the respect and friendships that he garnered at NOCL and Nintendo of America.
Looking around Tony’s office one can’t miss the picture of Tony on top of the World Trade Center2 or the photo of mine fields in war torn Kosovo, (inspired by Diane Knoff, warden of Kent Prison) a constant reminder that in business as in life when you are on top of the world you don’t necessarily appreciate all that you have and once you lose it and you have to work to get it back, you appreciate it that much more.
Outside of work, Tony spends as much time with his family as he can, recognizing there is a team at home that needs him just as much as his clients and customers do.