THOMAS WOYCIK:
 




 
 
 
 
 
President of Nextep Systems, a Troy-based developer of automatic ordering systems. Woycik founded Nextep after recognizing a growing need for self-order systems in the fast food and concessions industries. In just a year, Nextep has become a market leader, with an international rollout underway for Subway restaurants and the largest installed automated concessions base today. Woycik was formerly vice president of operations for New World Systems in Troy.


WHERE BORN: "Detroit."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "My parents. They instilled integrity, work ethic, discipline, faith, and core values. They never quit pushing me to be a better person."

LAST BOOK READ: "The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things, by Barry Glassner."

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Driven, passionate, ethical, and impatient."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "Self-service is permeating every aspect of our lives. Technology is enabling commerce on our own terms, from wherever and whenever we choose, whether it is ordering lunch or purchasing a vehicle."

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: "Web-enabled Baby Cam. The ability to watch my baby girl fall asleep from anywhere in the world still amazes me."

FAVORITE PLACE: "Gaylord, Michigan, in the summer, the Cayman Islands in the winter."

FAVORITE HOBBIES: "Wakeboarding, golf, and ATVs."

FAVORITE FOOD: "Mexican."

MY HIDDEN TALENT: "Former professional skydiver and world record holder."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "As successfully fulfilling each of the roles I played in life: husband, father, son, brother, uncle, friend, coworker, etc."