The Business Advisor Magazine recently interviewed Andrea Hansen regarding the Evolving Landscape of Group Benefits. In the interview, Andrea explains the new trends facing employers, how employees view their benefits, the implications of these views on employers, and provides advice for employers.
My experiences both as a Philanthropic Consultant and a Financial Advisor have provided me with a unique perspective in understanding and appreciating the giving philosophy and drivers of many Saskatchewan families as they seek to contribute to their community and create a lasting legacy. One of life’s biggest ironies is how we often reflect on our own personal legacy at the end of our life, after it’s been built and there is little we can do to enhance it. That’s when we may realize our best intentions didn’t match our actions, or we didn’t set any goals or direction in the first place. With that in mind, I had a conversation with entrepreneur and philanthropist JoeAnne Hardy, President of Saskatoon-based WBM Technologies. JoeAnne grew up in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan and cites her upbringing and parents’ lifestyle as being key to her belief that we all need a purpose to our lives.
Kim Weimer is the President of Fastener Warehouse Ltd., which is a wholesale distributor of specialty and standard fasteners in Saskatoon with branches in Regina and Winnipeg. Founded in 1994 with her husband Bob Weimer, the company grew from its original 1,500 sq.ft. warehouse to the current main branch of 60,000 sq.ft., which houses over 20,000 products.
At Sutton Financial Group, we show successful entrepreneurs and professionals how to preserve, protect, and pass on their wealth so that they can impact their world in a meaningful way. And yet when I reflect on my past 20 years as a donor, volunteer, board member and as a financial advisor with a specialty in philanthropy, when it comes to charitable giving, despite their best intentions, people sometimes fail to achieve the best results.
Success for a business owner is a strange thing. An entrepreneur spends most of his or her life doing things that few others would do, such as working sixteen-hour days, getting a second mortgage to manage through hard times, or signing a lease with a personal guarantee that ties family financial security to the success of a business.
Greg Sutton is the Co-Founder and CEO of TinyEYE Therapy Services, the first company in the world to provide speech language pathology services online. It is TinyEYE’s vision to be the number one advocate in the world for children finding their voice.
In talking to Maureen Pozniak, you’ll learn that entrepreneurship and joining the family business weren’t part of her original career plans. With an agriculture degree but limited job opportunities, she joined the business, Doepker Industrial, to help with sales. Over time, she saw the potential for growth. The business was already servicing Hino trucks, but Maureen and her brother helped their dad pursue the full Hino dealership and proved to him that they could take on responsibility for it.
You are already providing wellness benefits to your employees, but do they recognize them? How do you know your wellness initiatives are aligned with the needs of your employees and address their greatest sources of stress?
Why do couples go into business together? And how do they make it work? Sutton Financial Group hosted a “Couples in Business” event designed to have couples connect, engage and share ideas about an integrated life. Find out what has made them successful. Read what they had to say along with additional comments from Andrea Hansen of Sutton Financial Group.