To say Chris had big shoes to fill when he stepped into the role of CEO at incovo is an understatement. His father, Richard Thomas, had worked hard for 15 years, building the company from scratch and turning it into a success. So when Richard unexpectedly passed away in 2016 and Chris found himself taking on his father’s responsibilities, there’s no doubt this was incredibly tough, for so many reasons.
Those that knew Richard can testify that he was a fantastic role model, not only to his two sons, Chris and Rocco, but to the wider community too. In addition to founding and managing incovo ltd, he was also the owner of Oroso Ltd, a property development and property rental company with a portfolio worth over £2million. As if that wasn’t enough, Richard was the voluntary Chairman of Boxing Scotland, raising £400,000 to open gyms, encouraging thousands of boxers all over the country to take up the sport, championing women boxers, and helping to get young people off the streets by channelling their energy through boxing, as well as taking boxing to the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics. Yet despite juggling these key roles, Richard always ensured he made time for his family.
Richard shared many words of wisdom throughout his life which have undoubtedly helped Chris get through these first few years without him. One of the things Richard will be remembered for saying was, ‘If you want to succeed in life, make sure you do things right. So roll up your sleeves and move it, don’t sweep around it!’ Meaning, don’t do things by halves, be prepared to get stuck in.
And Chris has clearly taken this on board since becoming incovo’s CEO. He’s made big changes to the organisation – from head-hunting some of the top names in the industry to add to his team, to landing partnerships with the leading names in technology, and helping to secure incovo’s biggest contacts to date – all within just three years. It’s no wonder Chris is already making waves in the industry, attracting media attention and earning award nominations for this achievements.
And Chris is determined not to stop there – he has big ambitions for the future of incovo, with major expansion plans already well underway. Yet, despite this, his father’s words continue to keep Chris grounded. Reflecting on his father’s legacy Chris said, ‘My dad taught me how important it is to do a good job, and that it’s not about being the biggest, but being the best. Making him proud is what drives me every day here at incovo’.
It’s clear that Chris has inherited Richard’s admirable work ethic, and as he continues to put his own stamp on incovo and drive the business forward, there’s no doubt his father would be proud.