HootSuite founder speaks

Ryan Holmes, the Vernon-born and raised founder of HootSuite, a social media management system, will speak in Kelowna Oct. 5...

A local leader in social media is providing some insight into the sector.

Ryan Holmes, the Vernon-born and raised founder of HootSuite, a social media management system, will speak in Kelowna Oct. 5 as part of the Accelerate Okanagan ignITE Speaker Series.

“Holmes will be delivering an inspirational talk about his journey from being a young Okanagan entrepreneur running a paintball operation to creating HootSuite in 2009,” said Ashley Ramsay, with Accelerate Okanagan.

“In short order he grew his concept from a lean start-up to a global leader in social media with close to five million users, including 79 of the Fortune 100 companies.”

The talk will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Okanagan College lecture theatre on KLO Road in Kelowna.

There is no charge for this talk however, pre-registration is required. To reserve a seat, visit  ryanholmes.eventbrite.com.

Also on Oct. 5, the Okanagan College Alumni Association will honour Holmes as this year’s recipient of the alumni award.

“It’s funny. I loved taking computer science but felt like business was a better fit for me. Ultimately my heart was in both,” said the 37-year-old Holmes.

Holmes attended Okanagan College in the mid-1990s where he took business, arts and computer science courses.

“The time I spent and courses I took allowed me to experience a good range of tastes. One counsellor likened it to the smorgasbord,” Holmes said.

“I think this is a great analogy.”