Dealerscope 2019 40 Under 40: Michael Irigoyen, Odyssey Toys
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Name: Michael Irigoyen
Job Title: Senior Vice President
Company: Odyssey Toys
Years in the Industry: 3
Major Accomplishments that you’re proud of: I established new efficiency protocols within the sales department streamlining internal procedures, which yielded in considerable time saved by our sales team. As Vice President of Sales, I have signed on some critical rep firms which have brought us into untapped markets for Odyssey. Partnerships are essential to success in this business, and I have sought to strengthen ours since I’ve come on board with Odyssey.
What do you like best about your job?: I like the ability to work alongside some really great people. Odyssey Toys is a family company, started by my Father, Sal Irigoyen. It is his dream to see his children continue to grow the company he started in the office of our family home. Access to limitless toys for my children and their School friends is certainly a plus.
What do you like least about your job?: I spent 10 years in United States Coast Guard as an Active Duty Boatswainsmate. I am now in the Active Reserves. I suppose what I like least about my job is that I am not at sea full time chasing bad guys, or close to the shore helping distressed boaters. The Coast Guard remains central to who I am.
Favorite hobby: I am a musician by hobby. A bit of a collector of guitars and guitar gear. My Fiancée has a different word for it.
Last book you read: A Twentieth Century American history book.
Who is your hero and why?: Anyone who risks their life to save another.
Favorite consumer tech device: I’m especially fond of connected watches. I have found various uses, which have brought ease and efficiency to my day to day. I use my Apple watch for music while running; as a personal assistant with important reminders; and, daily tracking of my activity.
What you’d be doing if you weren’t in tech: I'd still be Active Duty in United States Coast Guard
What’s the biggest problem the industry faces today, and how would you fix it?: Dependence on the internet to do all of our shopping for us. While I acknowledge the busy schedules most of us have, and the ease internet shopping brings to our lives. I believe it is a mistake to allow brick and mortar retail to fail. Not only from a business perspective, but also from a social one. We as a society need to take a long hard look at a world where we simply click to buy in our pajamas before bed. Sharing that shopping experience with loved ones and friends while visiting B&M locations encourages socialization, which is already at an extreme loss. Look around as you read this, you’ll likely see heads down, screens lit up, people unaware of those around them. We need to find a balance.
What’s your outlook for the CE industry for the next five years?: What makes you believe the CE industry will get healthier and thrive during the next five years? (Or maybe you think it won’t.) Why? Connectedness is becoming central to our lives, and the technology out there in the CE world is helping to pave the way. While balance is needed, the future of tech connectedness is before us, and I do believe we can take advantage of many of these advancements.