Today’s guest is one of Winnipeg’s most influential business leaders. His name comes up repeatedly in my conversations with business owners and CEOs throughout the city as an example of someone with strategic, long-term vision and the ability to execute on that vision. In the interview we discuss his story as well as the shifting landscape for businesses in Manitoba today.
Our interview guest today is a giant of Winnipeg’s business community, and yet when he began his business endeavours as a teenager in the city 40 years ago, he was a complete unknown. In the conversation, we discuss what happened during those 40 years, what the future holds, and what his advice would be for any young unknowns setting out to replicate his success.
Today’s guest is a rising star in our business community. In addition to having created, bought, and sold a handful of companies, he has also grown Manitoba’s largest networking group for business executives and organized a giant conference for business executives at the Winnipeg Convention Centre last year. In the interview, we discuss his tenacious approach to business, and the successes—as well as the failures—that have brought him to this point.
Our interview guest today has a fascinating story. He grew up in Israel, and worked in several large consulting organizations there before ultimately moving to Winnipeg and starting his own company. He’s built up a substantial IT consulting firm in a very short time, with customers and employees around the world. In our conversation, we get into the nuts and bolts of finding new customers, pricing services, and building a team.
Today’s guest built a business with his brother for 15 years before selling it in 2011. Now, they’re at it all over again and seem to be well on track for another success. In the interview, we cover the entire story, along with the whys and hows behind it all. There are several points where we get some insight into their investment strategy, which is both shrewd and refreshing.
The subject of today’s interview leads another great example of an incredibly successful Manitoba business that most of us have never heard of. For 50 years, they have been the world’s largest supplier of controlled environment chambers for agricultural research and production, with over 100 employees spread across 5 continents. As usual, our conversation is all about trying to understand how they got there, and where they’re going.
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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.