Owner's Circle is dedicated to telling the stories of great family-owned businesses. This fun and informative interview-style podcast gives you a peek behind the scenes into a variety of interesting business stories from sectors including retail, agriculture, manufacturing and beyond. These entrepreneurs and leaders share with our listeners the key lessons and insights they have learnt over their careers.
Industry experts also make an appearance to share collective intelligence gathered in working with these family-owned businesses.
Keith Hitchcock - Breakfast With a Side of Loyalty
In 1993, Keith moved his family to Lethbridge to start a new adventure; owning and operating the local Humpty’s Family Restaurant. Years later, Keith and his family are still providing customers with excellent food and exceptional service. Last March, COVID-19 forced them, like many businesses, to adapt. Join us as Keith shares how him and his family faced the pandemic head-on and explore the factors that are helping them get through this turbulent past year.
Dylan Davies - An Iron Clad Family Business Established in 1898
As a fourth generation owner of Lethbridge Ironworks, Dylan Davies watched his grandfather, and then was mentored and able to work closely with his father and uncle as they transitioned leadership responsibility to him. Today, Dylan has surrounded himself with a strong team and is honoured to work alongside such a loyal and hard working group of employees. Join us as we explore the Iron Works story of the past, present and future.
Kim Moody - The Entrepreneurs Advocate
Even when he began building his new business in the basement of his home, Kim Moody always dressed for success. Kim doesn’t just stand out due to his sense of style. Today, with over 25 years of experience, Kim not only has a thriving business but is highly sought-out by clients. Chief Executive Officer of Moodys Tax and author of Making Life Less Taxing, Kim knows a thing or two about tax and estate planning, entrepreneurship and what it takes to survive the current economy.
Moulaye Niang - From No Shoes to the NCAA
Join us as Moulaye shares his journey of leaving South Africa, becoming an NCAA athlete, and leaving his career in basketball to begin working in finance.
Jeff Nielsen - Breaking the mold within the feed industry
While Jeff and his partner were working as nutritional consultants, they noticed a very specific need that their customers had, which wasn’t being filled within the industry. After reading the book Blue Ocean Strategy, Jeff began to understand how the feed industry was locked into repeating the same process, rather than innovating - opening the opportunity to start a company More Than Just Feed in “open waters.”
Justin Kittredge - Leveraging a Layoff Into a Celebrity Brand
Having worked for Reebok in his early career, Justin demonstrated the drive that it took to grow within the industry. However, when Adidas took over Reebok in 2006, Justin found himself laid off and at a crossroads in his career. Seeing the slide market share increasing, Justin came up with the concept of ISlide, a company that allows customers to customize slides, to provide more meaning to their footwear. He is now the founder and CEO of a multimillion dollar company.