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.
Today’s guest founded a company called Parenty-Reitmeier Translation, which—surprisingly enough—offers translation services. I love interviewing the leaders behind business like this, because most people have never heard of them and yet they are absolutely world-class, in this case translating important technical documents for huge companies like Honda and Harley. Of course, it’s extra nice when the leader is as humble and forthcoming as this one.
Today’s guest founded a company called Think Shift, which is a full service marketing agency with a twist. In addition to being the marketing brains behind mega-brands like Monsanto and Cargill, Think Shift has begun to position itself as a leader on the subject of leadership. Our conversation steps through the entire genesis of the company, including the prospect of leading the leaders.
Today’s guest founded a company called HD Petroleum, which has developed a technology that can economically convert used motor oil into high quality diesel fuel. Our conversation ranged from practical to philosophical, with personal anecdotes mixed into the business stories. I hope it is as enjoyable to listen to as it was to record.
Today’s guest is unusual, relative to previous guests. He manages to be a business leader in our province without leading a for-profit business, by virtue of being CEO for the Business Council of Manitoba. He has a wealth of experience, and a refreshing outlook on the relationship that businesses should have with government.
Today’s guest founded a company called Payworks, which offers workforce management tools (including payroll) to businesses. The company was founded in 2001, and now employs about 200 people across Canada, servicing over 10,000 clients. In the interview, we do our best to understand the method behind that impressive growth.
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