Today’s guest used to be a pro athlete. Now he runs two separate restaurant chains, with over 60 employees, and still growing steadily. In our conversation, we talk about why he got into that business in the first place, and all the challenges facing the food services industry.
I don’t think I’ve met anyone who discusses billions of dollars as casually as today’s guest. He’s worth listening to. A few years ago, he oversaw his employer’s expansion into Manitoba, and now he manages an office that is involved in many of our province’s most prominent real estate ventures. In our conversation, we get into the nuts and bolts of real estate financing, as well as how to approach expanding into a new market.
A lot of the people I interview for this show are seasoned vets, often near the top of pretty substantial organizations. And I’m happy about that, because we can learn a lot from people with that level of experience. However, I’m equally interested in hearing from business leaders “working in the trenches”, so-to-speak. There’s a lot to learn from entrepreneurs who are involved with the ground-level aspects of their business on a daily basis. Today’s guest is like that.
You won’t want to miss this. The interview you’re about to hear was a fun one. Our guest came up working with Sam Katz. Now he works for what is probably the most beloved corporation in Manitoba. Our entire province benefits from his work in a huge way, and yet I bet most people in it will not know his name. The conversation is also unique because we get to hear a true expert’s take on the business aspect of show business.
Today’s guest represents Winnipeg businesses and its business environment on a global scale. She is another person whose name has come up repeatedly in my conversations with local entrepreneurs. Her organization’s job is to facilitate international partnerships for local businesses, and by all accounts they seem to do that well. In the interview, I try to dig into how that works.
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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.