ARIZONA GOOD BUSINESS with Andrew Kolikoff of Kolikoff & Company and Ian Wist of Wist Office Products
Today we sit down with Ian Wist of Wist Office Products and Andrew Kolikoff of Kolikoff and Company, two leaders who are prioritizing and promoting sourcing locally in Arizona. They are perfect examples of why Local First Arizona exists – building a better Arizona, strengthening our economy and creating a legacy of giving back that makes us proud to call this state our home.
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Kolikoff and Company is a business growth and development consulting firm that has a passion for serving people. We have a passion for growth – of both people and businesses.
We have a passion for making it rain, so you can enjoy more happiness, fulfillment and prosperity in your life, while you too are in service to others. The most important thing to know about Kolikoff is that our focus is on YOU.
Andrew Kolikoff is a former chief science officer, 3-time successful business owner (once landing him on the front page of USA Today), author, adjunct professor, coach and consultant now helping lead the charge in one of Arizona’s fastest growing tech companies.
Andrew has mentored over 500 business owners and professionals.
As a charter member of Local First Arizona, Wist Office Products has since 2003 helped to promote, strengthen and support local business. The Wist family has owned and operated Wist Office Products for 58 years. The average life span of a family-owned business is 24 years.
Ian Wist’s grandfather, Martin Wist, entered the office supply industry in 1921 with PBSW Supply and Equipment. Wist Office Products has been a yearly Alfred P. Sloan Award winner for workplace flexibility since 2008.
Ian Wist is an experienced General Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the business supplies and equipment industry.
Skilled in Negotiation, Customer Service, Sales, Strategic Planning, and Business Development, Ian is a strong entrepreneurship professional with a Bachelor of Science, Marketing focused in Business Marketing from Arizona State University.
Connect with Ian on LinkedIn.
ABOUT YOUR HOST
Thomas Barr is the Executive Director for Local First Arizona, the largest coalition of local businesses in North America. He advocates for a strong local business community that contributes to building vibrancy, equity, and prosperity across the state. A proud Arizona native and graduate of Arizona State University,Thomas leads the business coalition of Local First Arizona by advocating for the economic and cultural benefits provided by building strong local economies.
Thomas steers the strategic direction of LFA’s major programs and initiatives as well as the engagement of over 3000 businesses across Arizona. As Executive Director, Thomas guides a team of statewide senior directors overseeing the execution of LFA’s communication strategy, major initiatives and key partnerships, as well as the collaboration of over 30 staff implementing work in entrepreneurship programs, small business advocacy, local food initiatives, sustainability, urban development and community building.
He frequently speaks to groups locally and nationally, presenting the impact of Local First Arizona and the importance of local economy work in building prosperity.
Outside of Local First Arizona, Thomas has participated in volunteering his time to many causes and organizations throughout the Valley including Young Nonprofit Professionals – Phoenix, Equality Arizona, Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Heritage Square Foundation and Phoenix Legal Action Network. Additionally, Thomas is a 2018 Phoenix Magazine 40 Under 40 honoree, alumni of Arizona Leading for Change, and current participant in Valley Leadership Institute’s 40th cohort.