If you’re anything like me, you enjoy eating food. Winnipeg has a fantastic restaurant scene and one of the aspects of it that I appreciate is that it’s not a pretentious scene. There’s a good level of respect between guys who might be slinging burgers from the back of a food truck and the ones who are providing a really refined dining experience. Today’s guest is right in the middle of that spectrum and very well regarded in Winnipeg’s restaurant community for his operational smarts. He runs a local chain of restaurants whose name you will almost certainly recognize and whose food you’ve probably already enjoyed. At any rate, I hope you enjoy this interview.
Today’s guest is another perfect example of why I started this podcast in the first place. He runs an incredible, high-growth, fast-paced technology company with over 100 employees and offices around the world. They’ve raised venture capital from some of Silicon Valley’s most notorious investors, the same people that funded Google and Facebook, and they’re based right here in Winnipeg. I’m willing to bet that only a tiny fraction of you have ever heard of them before.
Today we’re gonna talk to a guy who sells high-tech for a living, and who does it exceptionally well. As VP of Sales, he guided his company through a ten-times growth trajectory, and now he’s setting himself up to do it all again as the CEO of a new venture. I had a ton of fun chatting with him, and I hope you have fun listening.
I’m a bit biased for today’s guest, seeing as he’s a fellow engineer and an all-around great person. However, he also has an incredibly sharp mind for business, and we got to dig into some nuts and bolts tactical stuff, which I always love. The guy is a CFO for one of Winnipeg’s greatest home-grown success stories, and he’s been attached to it from the beginning so he was able to share some really valuable insights with us about the importance of establishing good processes in a business. I really enjoyed our time together and hope you do too.
Every growing business experiences the challenge of getting the right leaders on board and aligning their output, but how? There’s not easy answer, but today’s guest seems to have a cleaner take on it than anyone I’ve ever met. I got a lot of value over our conversation and I think you will as well.
Today’s guest is phenomenal. He and his business partners developed one of the most important companies in our local film production industry, and eventually established offices through North America with hundreds of employees. He’s got some really great advice on how business leaders need to position themselves relative to their competition. I hope you enjoy our conversation.
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For the past several months, I’ve been playing reporter. Armed with a digital recorder from the pawn shop down the street, a shamelessly persistent cold-email campaign, and the same insatiable curiosity I’ve always had, I have set about interviewing some of Manitoba’s most impressive business leaders and entrepreneurs.