2015 Winners

Alison Belbin – Franchise Owner – 1-800-GOT-Junk

Alison Belbin is the 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise owner on Vancouver Island and the founder of the local landfill diversion initiative, Full Circle: Turning Consumer Goods into Community Good.

Angela Zumbo, Owner -The Mortgage Centre – Your Island Mortgage Team

Angela Zumbo is celebrating 10 years in the mortgage industry. Having purchased The Mortgage Centre – Your Island Mortgage Team in 2012, Angela has since grown her team of Mortgage Professionals.

Ben Mazzei, Owner – Mazzei Electric

Mazzei Electric Ltd. is a family owned and operated business that has been operating on Vancouver Island for 20 years. The Company President is third-generation electrician Ben Mazzei who began working for Mazzei Electric in 2002.

Binda Thind – General Manager –  Future Shop Nanaimo

Binda Thind was born and raised in Nanaimo and has been the General Manager of Future Shop at this location for the past six years, joining the company shortly after completing his degree at V.I.U. in 2002.

Chris Cathers, Owner – NanaimoBusinessNews.com

Chris Cathers, resident of Nanaimo is a proud father of five, his two kids Hudson and Arabella, and three businesses: Evolution Business Media Group, Van Ventures Ltd, and Cathers Developments.

Christina Dhesi, Colliers International

Christina’s career with Colliers International began in December 2010 as a Market & Research Analyst in Victoria, British Columbia.

Derek Lamb, Partner – Chan Nowosad Boates Chartered Accountants

Due to his many successes, Derek was offered partnership this year with the largest accounting firm in Northern Vancouver Island with a staff of 30 people.

Drew Bradley, General Manager – Jim’s Clothes Closet

During this time he has demonstrated business leadership in the continued expansion of Jim’s Clothes Closet from a single location retail store to a multi-location recognized brand in the mid-Island region.

James Coleman – Associate Lawyer – Coleman Fraser Whittome Lehan

I am a 36 year old married father of 5 year old twins. I am a lawyer practicing civil litigation in Duncan.  I was the Vice President of the Cowichan Valley Bar Association 2009-1010 and President in 2011.

James Edwards  – Executive Director – Huu-ay-aht Nations

James Edwards is Coast Salish and a member Snaw-naw-as (Nanoose) First Nation.  He was born in Victoria and grew up in Nanooose Bay.

Jason Cole – Director of Programs – Power to Be Adventure Therapy

Jason Cole has bridged the gap between people and nature for more than a decade. Committed to the non-profit sector, he is the Director of Programs with Power To Be Adventure Therapy.

Jenn Houtby-Ferguson – Cheif Strategist – Twist Consulting

Having been involved in various aspects of the tourism and hospitality industries for more than 16 years, Jenn Houtby-Ferguson is a seasoned Sales & Marketing professional with a proven track record in leadership, strategic planning and facilitation.

John Cooper -Principal – Cooper, McLintock & Associates – RE/MAX Nanaimo

John is a natural leader & entrepreneur with a background in international marketing, branding & internet marketing. John launched his personal real estate business on Vancouver Island in 2008, and has achieved rare success in an exceptionally competitive marketplace.

Kama Money – Teacher, Vast, SD70 – Social Media Marketer – Great Central Social Media Co.

Kama teaches Skills Training Employment Program and rebrands Port Alberni from Worst Place to Live (according to Moneysense Magazine) to Heart of Vancouver Island–an affordable, attractive community for young professional families.

Kristen Pronick – President – Axis Heating & Cooling Ltd.

Kristen is President of Axis Heating & Cooling Ltd. Kristen was promoted to branch manager in 2007 when she and her husband moved to the Comox Valley. They then purchased the business in 2013.

Matt Peulen – Co-Founder – Metropolitan Capital Partners

Matt Peulen is co-founder of Metropolitan Capital Partners and Canadian Lighthouse Capital in Victoria BC

Rahim Khudabux – General Manager/Owner – Max Furniture

Rahim is the GM and Owner at Max Furniture, a furniture store he co-founded with partner Al Hasham in 2008. Max Furniture specializes in Canadian Made Furniture located in Victoria BC.

Rebecca Baich – Franchise Owner – Original Joe’s

In 2011, at the age of 28, I was approved by Original Joe’s Franchise Group to become the owner/operator of Original Joe’s Nanaimo, becoming one of the youngest franchisees in the company.

Stew Young Jr.  – Manager – Alpine Group

Stewart Young Jr. is a 10 year veteran of the solid waste industry and equipment operations.  Stew is a manager with the Alpine Group overseeing the waste and recycling operations of Vancouver Island.

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