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Well summer is finally here. My favourite part is all the green; the grass, leaves and of course Gainer’s eyes!? As an avid fan, my family and I attended the season home opener of my beloved Saskatchewan Roughriders. I am sure the fans reaction to Gainer’s makeover caught the marketing team off guard. A night full of the unexpected including a 2-hour game delay because of summer storm. It was a late-night driving home and my family all fell asleep in the car.
While on vacation recently I had a moment, while sitting 10,023 Feet atop the Haleakala Summit watching the sunset, to ponder and reflect. I was excited to be thankful for that special moment in one of our favorite places in the world with some of the most special people in our lives.
Katherine Regnier is the CEO and founder of Coconut Software. This fearless tech leader believes that if you work hard enough, anything is possible. In her 10 years in business, she has had to pivot more than once. How does a company go from two people with a $5,000 business loan to a team of over 50 employees and raising $4.9 million in venture capital? From designing scheduling software for massage therapists to building an enterprise solution for banks and credit unions? It may appear all glamour, but Katherine will tell you that’s far from the truth. It’s hard work. It’s real and very raw. There’s no room for excuses.
On May 1st I had the opportunity to share our family business story at the 1st Annual Family Business Excellence Dinner, hosted by Family Business Association Saskatoon. This is the organization that was birthed out of the former Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE). Sutton Financial Group was named the Canadian Family Business of the Year for CAFE in 2016, which was a huge honour for my parents as we celebrated their years of success in business.
The NSBA Business Builder Awards were held on March 20th and it was an incredible night with many examples of “Persevering to Possibilities” (which was the theme for the night). My business partner, Andrea Hansen, co-hosted the event with Brenda Nowakowski of JNE Welding, and they were outstanding.
Each year, the Suttons, Starks and Hansens all pack up their families for a partner retreat and we head north to Elk Ridge Resort, a true Saskatchewan gem, for a weekend getaway. It is a very rewarding time for our families to connect and enjoy some of the great winter activities Saskatchewan can offer.