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Volume 15, Issue 1

Mark Maier, President/CEO of the Aurum Group of Companies

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 gold) Ceramic, after the... 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 MasterBUILT Hotels, one of the... Keep Reading

Volume 14, Issue 7

Lori Schmidt, CEO of GO Productivity

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, in case things go awry.”... Keep Reading

Surveillance Shop soars to new heights

As far back as he can remember, Curtis Dyck never nursed any entrepreneurial ambitions. He played high school football and generally enjoyed himself while he was growing up. But once he started getting serious about life, he really put the pedal to the metal. He’s a natural organizer with a deeply rooted work ethic which has helped him build a super-successful security business and has enabled him to beat out enormous corporate competitors for important contracts on a regular basis. Since... Keep Reading

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