One might say that Pavel “Paul” Bosovik is living the American dream.
A Ukrainian native who immigrated to the United States in 1999, Bosovik is now CEO of 27North Inc., an off-road and off-grid vehicle manufacturer that posted 2022 revenue of $8 million and forecasts $16 million this year. His company’s products have been recognized in the last two years of Springfield Business Journal’s Coolest Things Made in the Ozarks awards. And he’s less than a decade out of college at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in management.
He worked hard to get to his current level of success, too.
“Growing up with 10 siblings in a foreign country brought its own set of challenges. When most kids started day one of school with new clothes, I wore secondhand clothing. When the other kids were out playing football or at the lake, I was working part time at McDonald’s and cleaning construction sites. These challenging moments shaped me into the individual that I am today,” Bosovik says. “And now I have one goal: to impact the lives (of) as many people as possible.”
At 27North, Bosovik seeks to lead by leveraging the collective knowledge of those around him.
“As a CEO, I am committed to creating an environment where everyone’s opinion and ideas are valued and considered. I believe that this fosters a sense of ownership and empowerment among your team, while also setting them up for success,” Bosovik says. “Overall, my management style prioritizes collaboration, transparency and accountability – the core values of any successful organization – creating a culture of trust, respect and continuous learning.”
Through 27North, Bosovik fosters community involvement by providing refugees who have moved to Springfield with basic hygiene and living necessities. He says the company and its employees care about impacting people’s lives.
“Many of our employees once migrated from other countries as well, so this helps foster a sense of pride and ownership among our employees, who feel more connected to their community and their company’s mission,” Bosovik says. “It also increases job satisfaction, engagement and loyalty among our employees, which can translate into better performance and retention.”
Timothy Hayes has seen the value Bosovik brings as a business owner and humanitarian.
When Hayes, a founding partner at law firm Bishop & Hayes PC, put a team together to help deliver cold weather gear to soldiers in Ukraine, he says Bosovik didn’t hesitate in lending his services as lead interpreter.
“After matching the unit with the right sizes of gear, some of us were given the opportunity to sleep in a bunker less than a half a mile from the Russian line. Pavel jumped at the opportunity to be the interpreter to stay up later into the night encouraging men facing death for the cause of freedom,” Hayes says. “Pavel Bosovik is truly a Springfield hero.”
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