Mikko Hörkkö – CEO
How long have you been working with Elinar?
In the early 2000s, I was in Asia (Singapore), where I lived with my family. There, my job included sales and customer relationship management in the north Tokyo, in the west Delhi, in the east Auckland, and in the south Melbourne. I traveled, on average, over 200 days per year. I still remember the moment I was waiting for a flight home to Singapore at Kuala Lumpur airport, and I was wondering what I had done during the week, and I realized that I had spent more time on airplanes, in hotels, and in taxis than I had spent time working. All that time, I was also away from home, which had a negative impact on me and my family. I made the decision that this was enough; I no longer wanted this lifestyle. Still, it was six years until I got an appropriate opportunity to start working at Elinar.
What is your job?
In this size company, my work includes everything. It includes human resources management, financial management, sales management, networking, and liaising with partners. Just as my job also includes, for example, when the current office space was changed, I installed the drawing boards on the walls. My work includes that and everything in-between.
What motivates you?
I am motivated by challenging work and challenging goals, as well as by the encouragement I receive from my work environment; it helps me to get the job done.
What’s the best part of your job?
There are many good sides. All the experiences I have from my previous life—human resource management, sales management, financial management, and project management—I can do them all in one role now. Even though I work a long day, this job has been really rewarding.
What kind of working community does Elinar have?
This is a pleasant working community in that there are many independent individuals with different opinions and views. There are a lot of skills and abilities here. Of course, what creates the atmosphere in this work community is not that we are in Satakunta, but that our customers are challenging in the good way and very different, so we need flexibility in many directions.
Where do you see Elinar going in the future?
We’ve always been looking for a springboard that we can use to get a strong push forward. We had product training on the ARTO product that did not fly. Instead of running fast next to the bike and trying to get faster by pushing the wheel, now we have the opportunity to sit on the bike seat and start peddling faster. Our product business gives us the opportunity to develop a steady stream of income that will help smooth over business fluctuations.