20 Questions with Brad Krizan, President of Premiere Suites Western Ltd.
Just an unassuming guy from small-town southern Alberta, Brad Krizan has put together an astonishing educational and corporate C.V. within a relatively brief time frame. His university education in urban and regional studies originally piqued an interest in real estate. That growing fascination, in turn, led him to build a base of knowledge and experience in a variety of asset classes throughout Canada and the U.S.
At this particular stage of his career, he is... Keep Reading
Randy Frost, President/CEO of Solara Fund Inc and Solara Club Inc
Randy Frost has always admired the achievements of Canada’s technology industry leaders. Now, through his latest entrepreneurial venture, he is working with some of the country’s most promising tech companies, presenting compelling investment opportunities to his network of investors.
With a view of one of the country’s high-tech hubs in Edmonton, Frost founded Solara Club Inc. with the goal of providing young, innovative technology companies with a platform... Keep Reading
Mark Maier, President/CEO of the Aurum Group of Companies
When a teenaged dental lab apprentice named Hans Maier first landed in Calgary from Germany during the early 1960s, his ambitions were modest: to make his way professionally in his adopted country and, hopefully, to thrive.
How did he manage? Pretty darned well, as it happens. A born go-getter, Hans wound up in charge of his employer’s dental laboratory by 1962. Within 10 more years, he had bought out his boss and partners, renaming the company Aurum (Latin for... Keep Reading
Eric Watson, COO of MasterBUILT Hotels
While studying engineering at the University of Calgary, Eric Watson picked up an unusual nickname from his classmates. They called him Wall Street Watson because of his fascination with financial statements, quarterly reports. balance sheets, bulls and bears. That strong interest eventually led him away from physical science and pointed him in new career directions, including venture capital and real estate investment. As chief operating officer of Calgary-based... Keep Reading
Lori Schmidt, CEO of GO Productivity
During the 10 years she spent as a consultant in the private sector, Lori Schmidt learned what she believes to be the two most important lessons of her professional life: Attach yourself to top-notch mentors and pay close attention to the advice they dish out.
“I’ve been blessed in my career to find people who encouraged me in whatever I was doing. They helped me to develop a focus on strong planning processes. And not just one plan. You need a plan B, C and D,... Keep Reading