Director of Operations
Learn a little more about our COO, Eleni Gagnon. Spoiler alert - she doesn't like that title, so she'll be changing it to Director of Operations. We get to do things like that here at The Abs Company. 🙂
- How would you explain your position/role at The Abs Company?
My official title is COO, however that name sounds a bit too fancy for me so I will be changing to Director of Operations.
As the Director of Operations, my goal is to help grow and maintain the profitability of our organization. I am responsible for our Finance Department, Human Resources Department and work very closely with Logistics Department to ensure proper order processing, inventory management, and vendor & client relations. As a growing company, researching and implementing new directives is a core function in my role.
I am always looking for ways to improve our daily operations in order to save time and money.
- How did you get into fitness/ the fitness industry?
I married into the fitness industry 10 years ago when I met Sean at IHRSA.
- What do you like best about your job?
What I like most about my job is that it is something bigger than me. I am able to see a product developed from an idea to a fully functioning piece of equipment. I think it’s incredible that we are able to provide a product to a facility that can help another person achieve their individual goal.
As for my daily job - I have always had a passion for operations! I am a very organized person and enjoy creating systems. I love playing in our Quickbooks and finding new ways to review reports and piece things together that tell a story.
Another thing I love about my job is that it is truly a family business! Most of my colleagues have been working at TAC for 10+ years, so while I have only been part of the team since 2015 it feels like much longer. When asked to come on board I was EXTREMELY hesitant because of the longevity of my colleagues and because I would be working with my husband! Working with your spouse can be scary at times but it’s also the most fun! Making decisions together and challenging one another has strengthened our relationship within the business and most definitely outside of it!
I wouldn’t be being honest with you if I didn’t mention my semi flexible schedule. Having two little babies at home and a full workload can be stressful at times, but two days a week I have carved out Morning Mommy Activities! Carving this time out and then being able to come to work makes me feel fulfilled as a working-mom.
- Which Core Value means the most to you and why?
The Core Value that means the most to me is that We Believe in our Products and the Benefits they provide for our customers. The reason this core value sticks out to me is because we wouldn’t be able to exist without believing in our products. If you don’t believe in your products than neither will your customers.
- What is your favorite TAC product and why?
My favorite TAC product is the Tire Flip and not for the obvious reasons that it’s super cool! It’s my favorite and first TAC product that I saw come to life. I remember Sean coming home with this idea and working with our first manufacturer to bring it to life. Since then I have been able to watch the progression and improvement of the TF.
- What is something you enjoy doing outside of work?
Outside of work, I enjoy being with my family. With summer approaching, I am excited to relax by our pool, BBQ & create memories with my little girls.
- Anything else you would like people to know? (fun facts, hobbies, awards, certifications, accomplishments, goals, favorite quote, etc.)
Fun fact - I used to be really good basketball player back in the day. I was even on varsity in the 8th grade!
Fun fact - I’m a terrible swimmer!