People Meet Purpose





People meet Purpose

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction”


The sooner companies embrace change, put their employees first and have a purpose driven culture the greater chance they have to survive.   I believe more and more companies are focusing on making a difference in their respective communities and the world. What happens when people meet purpose?  

Well let me tell you about a friend that previously lacked career purpose in his life.   He worked for years as an executive working his way up the corporate ladder. He worked for companies that weren’t purpose driven and inherently all about profit.   He went through the motions but ultimately was not happy because the company was only about profit. Cut this person, whack this team and he sometimes had to let go of good people who were considered Rock Stars the month before!

Yes, the executive lifestyle allowed him to own nice houses, expensive cars, travel and to wine and dine lavishly.   But deep down he wasn’t happy. One of his outlets was biking. His wife encouraged me to take him out for long rides and talk with him because if he didn’t get his biking fix, things could unravel and he wasn’t centered. Bottom line; he wasn’t fulfilled.

So what happened to my friend? What he thought was his worst nightmare turned out to be a blessing in disguise! He was laid off. Something he thought would never happen to him.

After the initial shock of being let go, my friend began to dream and think about what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. Not only did he dream he also began to do research. One of his passions was wine. Not just drinking it but researching, collecting etc. Me, I have a hard time telling the difference between a $10 bottle of wine and a $30 bottle. My buddy talks about acidity, extract, tannin’s and body, I thought he was talking about someone at the beach. This dream is now becoming his reality; he’s opening an urban winery in Denver early next year.

For him though he has started to come alive. He’s different. He has purpose and that is what was missing from his corporate days. The urban winery is risky, stressful and he certainly could lose it all. However, I am proud of him for giving his dream a go. My bet is on him to have it all – purpose, love of what he’s doing and a balanced and happy fulfilled life.

My question for you is are you purpose driven?

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Simon Roads

Vice President of Sales

Born and raised in England, Simon Roads has had a distinguished career in various forms of aviation spanning over 45 years. His journey began as an A&P mechanic in the Royal Air Force and has encompassed a range of roles, ultimately leading to his position as the VP of Global Sales for Honda Aircraft. Throughout this extensive career, he has had the privilege of closely collaborating with Royalty, Dignitaries, and high net worth individuals, providing them with unparalleled expertise and a steadfast commitment to excellence in aviation services.

Having been immersed in the aviation industry for nearly half a century, his wealth of insights and knowledge has established him as a trusted figure within the field. His extensive experience has provided him with the opportunity to engage with diverse cultures, interacting with individuals from various walks of life, and ensuring that their distinctive requirements and preferences are met with the utmost precision.

One of his notable strengths lies in his adeptness at effectively managing global teams. Over the course of his career, he has demonstrated successful leadership and mentorship of professionals from different backgrounds and nationalities, fostering an environment characterized by collaboration, growth, and mutual respect.

Understanding different cultures has played a pivotal role in his professional journey. By taking part in the customs, traditions, and practices of his clients he not only fosters strong relationships but has also gained a profound appreciation for the unique needs and expectations of each of his clients.

Away from work, his priority is his family. His role as grandad to three wonderful boys, brings him immense joy. He has a penchant for outdoor activities such as cycling, kayaking, and golf. Additionally, he has developed a passion for cooking and continually seeks to learn new culinary techniques. The art of balancing life and work is an ongoing journey for him, and he considers himself fortunate to be able to savor the best of both worlds.

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Meredith Stanley

Executive Recruiter

Meredith joined IPS in 2023 as an Executive Recruiter with over 5 years of recruiting experience at Amazon and Lyft. Prior to making the shift to recruiting, Meredith was an Executive Assistant for over 3 years at a Seattle-based insurance company. With a passion for finding top talent, Meredith has hired for a wide range of roles across North America in the hardware, micromobility, operations, transportation, and tech spaces.

After an unsuccessful attempt at a Chemical Engineering degree, Meredith graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies.

Meredith has a passion for live music, playing both piano and trombone. She also enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors either skiing, hiking or scuba diving.

You can contact Meredith at

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